Extreme Book Nerd

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Extreme Book Nerd

50 books in 50 weeks

Program Details


The Extreme Book Nerd challenge runs January 2 through December 19, 2020. Read one book per category for a total of 50 books. To earn the prize, report completion by December 19.

Alternate Challenges:

Reading Logs


New this year, the library will use Beanstack to register participants and to record reading progress. Sign into Beanstack to log the title and author for each category you complete.

 Learn more about Beanstack

You are also welcome to record your reading on a paper reading log, in a journal, on a spreadsheet, or in a list as long as it has also been logged in Beanstack by the end of the challenge.

 Download the reading log (11″x17″)

Notes


As always, books you read for other programs and book clubs can be counted toward Extreme Book Nerd as long as they match one of the categories and are completed by the end of the challenge.

Books written at the junior fiction level are acceptable for both the teen and adult challenge, but no other books from the children’s department will count, including junior nonfiction, intermediate fiction, easy readers, and picture books. Magazines are also not permitted in this challenge.

Prize


This year’s completion prize for library patrons is an Extreme Book Nerd battery pack for charging mobile devices.

picture of the extreme book nerd completion prize

 See the prize for Book Nerd Your Way

EBN Community


Connect with other members of the Extreme Book Nerd community online or in person:

 Extreme Book Nerd Facebook Group
 EBN Club

Reading Categories


  1. A book from the Book Club in a Bag collection
  2. A trade paperback book
  3. A book with a person on the cover
  4. A book off a library top shelf
  5. A book with a three-word title
  6. A book from the nonfiction 700s
  7. A wild card book (pick up your category at the 3rd-floor desk)
  8. A book set in South America
  9. A book with a teacher in it
  10. A book set on an island
  11. A book you own but have never read
  12. A PNLA Young Reader’s nominee
  13. A book with politics in it
  14. A book with a fictitious creature
  15. A book with light in the title
  16. Latest book by your favorite author
  17. Listen to an audiobook
  18. A book by an Idaho author
  19. A book you’ve never heard of
  20. A book from a library display
  21. A book with a mine (i.e., a gold mine)
  22. A book with royalty in the title
  23. A book published in the 1800s
  24. A mystery
  25. A book with a flower in the title
  26. A book from the 2019 NPR Book Concierge list
  27. A nonfiction book
  28. A book with a doctor in it
  29. A book with a noun in the title
  30. A book with punctuation in the title
  31. A book by an author who uses initials
  32. A trilogy, book 1
  33. A trilogy, book 2
  34. A trilogy, book 3
  35. A book with a color in the title
  36. A young adult book
  37. A book by an author you’ve never read
  38. A book with an alliterative title
  39. A book you love (read it again!)
  40. A book you’re embarrased you haven’t read yet
  41. A book that deals with mental health
  42. A book with an immigrant
  43. A book with L, M, N, O, or P in the title
  44. A book with a ship in it
  45. A book recommended by an IFPL librarian
  46. A book with a compound word in the title
  47. A book based on mythology
  48. A book with an item of clothing in the title
  49. A book with a time of day in the title
  50. A book published this year

 Download and print this list
 Download the reading log (11″x17″)

Book Nerd Your Way


Overview


Book Nerd Your Way gives you the flexibility to choose your own reading categories. It works just like Extreme Book Nerd, except you are not bound to specific categories. BNYW gives students, professionals, and anyone else who loves to read—but who can’t always choose what they read—the opportunity to participate in the Extreme Book Nerd challenge.

Prize


The completion prize for Book Nerd Your Way participants is a t-shirt.

picture of the book nerd your way t-*shirt

Extreme Book Nerd for Teens


Overview


Extreme Book Nerd for Teens is for library patrons ages 13-18. The challenge is identical to the adult Extreme Book Nerd challenge except participants read only 25 categories.

 Download the reading log (8.5″x11″)
 Beanstack Login

Prize


This year’s completion prize for library patrons is an Extreme Book Nerd battery pack for charging mobile devices.

picture of the extreme book nerd completion prize

Reading Categories


Choose 25 from the following list:

  1. A book with a person on the cover
  2. A book off a top shelf at the library
  3. A book with a three-word title
  4. A book from the nonfiction 700s
  5. A wild card book (pick up your category at the 3rd-floor desk)
  6. A book with a teacher in it
  7. A PNLA Young Reader’s nominee
  8. A book with a fictitious creature
  9. Listen to an audiobook
  10. A book from a library display
  11. A book published in the 1800s
  12. A mystery
  13. A nonfiction book
  14. A book with a noun in the title
  15. A book with a color in the title
  16. A young adult book
  17. A book by an author you’ve never read
  18. A book with an alliterative title
  19. A book you love (read it again!)
  20. A book that deals with mental health
  21. A book with an immigrant
  22. A book with an L, M, N, O, or P in the title
  23. A book recommended by an IFPL librarian
  24. A book with a compound word in the title
  25. A book based on mythology
  26. A book published this year

 Download and print this list

Facebook Group


If you enjoy sharing what you’re reading and want to ask other book nerds for recommendations, join our Extreme Book Nerd Facebook Group.

While official participation in the Extreme Book Nerd challenge is restricted to patrons only, anyone is welcome to follow along in their home communities. Membership in our Extreme Book Nerd Facebook group is open to all and can support this effort to follow along.

To protect the value of the group, we ask that members focus their contributions on the reading challenge and not use the group for marketing or other spammy purposes.

EBN Club


Extreme Book Nerd participants are also invited to join our monthly EBN Book Club. With the exception of January, we meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 7pm in the library’s second-floor makerspace area.

It’s like the Facebook group, but face to face!

For additional information about Extreme Book Nerd, call 208-612-8460 or send us a message online.