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Extreme Book Nerd

Extreme Book Nerd

Extreme Book Nerd is back in 2019 and it’s bigger and better than ever!

Reading categories  |  Prizes  |  Reading log downloads  |  Facebook group


Library patrons, sign up online or in-person at the library:

Don’t forget to download the reading log materials after you sign up.

New This Year … 3 Levels

Complete up to three levels of reading and earn the prize for the highest level you reach:

Level Number of Books Prize
Book Nerd 25 Books Baseball t-shirt
Extreme Book Nerd 50 books Hoodie
Ultimate Book Nerd 75 books Overnight bag

Reading Categories

Record the books you complete in your reading log. See the rules of the challenge for more details.

Book Nerd

Level 1 contains 25 categories (download reading log | category list). Click each link below to download the bookmark (suggested titles):

Extreme Book Nerd

Level 2 contains another 25 categories (download reading log | category list). Click each link below to download the bookmark (suggested titles):


Level 3 contains another 25 categories (download reading log | category list). Click each link below to download the bookmark (suggested titles):


Idaho Falls Public Library patrons may sign up to earn the prize for the highest level they reach:

Level Prize Sample Image
Book Nerd Baseball t-shirt Picture of the baseball t-shirt
Extreme Book Nerd Hoodie Picture of the hoodie
Ultimate Book Nerd Overnight bag Picture of the baseball t-shirt

To claim your prize, bring your completed reading log to the young adult or adult staff desks at the Idaho Falls Public Library. Note: The category summary list cannot be used to report completion; Use the reading log instead (see below).

Registration to receive prizes is limited to patrons of the Idaho Falls Public Library. Visit our library cards page if you are interested in signing up. Prizes are not cumulative; limit one prize per patron. You earn the prize for the level you reach. Prizes must be picked up in person by you or the person(s) you specific at completion. We do not ship prizes. See the following rules section for more information.

Reading Log Downloads

You may pick up reading log materials at the library or simply download and print them at home:

  • Use the reading log to track progress and report completion.
  • Use the category list for summary purposes only (cannot be used to report completion).
  • If printing the journal tabs at home, use 2×4″ shipping labels (template 5163).

Book Nerd

Extreme Book Nerd

Ultimate Book Nerd

Correction notes:

Thank you to our participants for helping us correct errors. To avoid confusion during the challenge, these corrections are listed below. Depending on when you downloaded materials, you may need to download and print them again.

  • January 3, 10am MST – The colored category list for Ultimate Book Nerd had a few errors. If you printed this list, please dispose of it and use the category list linked above.
  • January 3, 10am MST – We corrected a few minor errors in the Extreme and Ultimate reading logs. If you downloaded these logs prior to this posted correction, please dispose of your copy and download/print them again.

Rules of the Challenge

  • There are 3 levels this year: Book Nerd (25 categories), Extreme Book Nerd (50 categories), and Ultimate Book Nerd (75 categories).
  • The challenge runs January 2 through December 21, 2019.
  • All books you read for the challenge must be recorded in your reading log. Record the title and author by category.
  • To earn the prize for each level, return to the Idaho Falls Public Library and present your completed reading log at a staff desk. The deadline for reporting completion is December 21, 2019 at 6:00pm.
  • Acceptable reading log formats: a website, a spreadsheet, a journal, or a typed list.
  • Reading logs on smartphones will not be accepted.
  • Books you read for other programs and book clubs (e.g., summer or winter reading, book clubs, school assignments) can count toward this challenge as long as they fit into one of the categories and you finish reading them by December 21, 2019.
  • Books at a junior fiction level are acceptable for the Book Nerd and Extreme Book Nerd levels. No other books from our Children’s Library will be accepted, including junior nonfiction, intermediate, easy readers, picture books, and board books.
  • Books at the junior fiction level cannot be used for the Ultimate Book Nerd categories.
  • Patron participants who finish the Extreme Book Nerd challenge by December 21, 2019 will receive the prize they have earned, whether the baseball t-shirt, the hoodie, or the overnight bag. Prizes are not cumulative; only one prize per patron.

Facebook Group

We have a Facebook group for Extreme Book Nerd participants. Please read the rules of the group before submitting a join request.

For more information about the Extreme Book Nerd program, call 208-612-8460 or use our online contact form.