Amazing Book Challenge

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Join the 2023 Amazing Book Challenge!

If "read more books" is on your goals list for the year, give the Amazing Book Challenge a try! The Amazing Book Challenge encourages adult and teen readers to broaden their reading interests by discovering new subjects, series, or authors-- something they may not have read on their own.

Broaden your horizons by reading one book from each of the 12 categories selected for 2023. Complete the challenge by December 31, 2023 to receive a Naperville Public Library cooler tote* and entry into the end-of-year drawing. 

*Cooler totes will be available for pick up while supplies last

How it works:

  • Starting January 1, register online or by visiting any of the three library locations. No library card is required. Adults and teens can join anytime in 2023.
  • Choose any category from the "2023 Categories" list and read or listen to a book that falls within that category. When you finish, log your read by entering the title and author online or at one of the adult services desks.
  • After you have logged your book, visit the Library to receive a button or magnet featuring that category.
  • Log one title from each theme to receive a Naperville Public Library cooler tote and an entry in the end-of-the-year drawing.
  • Cooler totes will be available for pick up while supplies last at the Adult Services Desk at any location anytime throughout the year.  
  • The last day to log a title is December 31, 2023. The end-of-the-year drawing will be awarded in January 2024.

Register through our Beanstack Amazing Book Challenge platform to access the Online Reading Log.

Note: If you have an account from a previous Summer Reading Program or Amazing Book Challenge, you can use that account to log in. If you have already created an account in Beanstack when signing up your children for another reading program, you can also use the same account to log in and create a reader for yourself.

2023 Categories:

  • Book Under 300 Pages 
  • Page to Screen
  • Regency Era Reads 
  • Story about Siblings
  • Book with One Word Title 
  • Book by LGBTQ Author 
  • Armchair Travel 
  • Story Set in a Small Town 
  • Story Featuring Teen Protagonist
  • Something Scary 
  • Story Featuring AI 
  • Main Character is a Senior Citizen

Reading Recommendations

Looking for some book recommendations? Featured below are book lists of reading recommendations to go along with each category. These can serve as helpful guides if you are unsure of what to read anytime throughout the year.

Note: Participants are not limited to the books on the book lists below.