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#ReadICT Reading Challenge

12 categories. 12 months.

Can you read a book a month?

photo of Suzanne Perez
Suzanne Perez, Opinion Editor at the Wichita Eagle.

The Wichita Public Library joins the Wichita Eagle and Suzanne Perez with a challenge for adults to read 12 books in 2020. To make it fun and a little bit challenging, Suzanne has created 12 different categories of books to read – and these categories might not be what you’d expect!

For help completing the challenge, try our book recommendations for these categories.

How it works

  • Open to ages 18 and older
  • Any book, audiobook, or e-book will count
  • Register online through Beanstack, our reading program site
  • Once you've completed a book, log your reading progress by listing the title and category
  • Once you have logged one book in each of the 12 categories, you will be eligible for a prize drawing


The categories can be read in any order. The 12 categories are:

  1. A book with a number in the title
  2. A fix-it, how-to or self-help book
  3. An epistolary novel
  4. A speed read (less than 100 pages)
  5. A book about someone you admire
  6. A book that has been or will be adapted to the big or small screen
  1. A selection from a celebrity book club
  2. A book written by an author new to you
  3. A book featuring a strong female lead
  4. A book everyone is talking about
  5. A "cli-fi" (climate fiction) book, or a book about a natural disaster
  6. A book by an author visiting Kansas in 2020

Additional Quaran-ReadICT Categories

Have you completed #ReadICT and need an additional challenge? Or maybe you need some motivation to break out of a quarantine-induced reading slump? Read books from six additional categories and earn the Quaran-ReadICT bonus badge in Beanstack:

  1. A book about a microhistory – a specific point in time such as an event, community, individual, commodity, or a settlement
  2. The first book in a series
  3. A book with charming escapism (think Anne of Green Gables or anything Jane Austen)
  4. A book about food, bonus if it has recipes!
  5. A book about a tiger or a king (we don't really need to explain this one, do we?)
  6. A book that allows you to travel vicariously

We have added book recommendations for these new categories.

If you prefer to track your progress by paper, download and print the bonus category reading log .

Get started!

Track your progress using the Wichita Public Library's reading program site, Beanstack. If you've never registered for one of our reading programs online, sign up on the Beanstack website by filling out some basic information, and then you can enroll yourself in #ReadICT and other Wichita Public Library reading and activity programs.

Beanstack mobile app

Download the free Beanstack app to track your progress using your Android or Apple mobile device.

Paper Tracking

If you prefer to track your progress by paper, download and print a paper reading log . Your completed printed log can be returned to any Wichita Public Library location.

Join the conversation!

Share your love of reading with others taking the challenge:

#ReadICT Category:

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