#ReadICT Reading Challenge

12 books. 12 categories. 12 months.

Can you read a book a month?

A librarian sits at a table. There are two stacks of books on the table. Their titles are Anthropology for Dummies, Children of Ash and Elm, How Space Works, Modern Japanese Ikebana, The Aztecs, The Stonewall Generation, Juneteenth, The Path of Paganism, Vaccines for Dummies, and Bollywood for Dummies.

The Wichita Public Library joins Suzanne Perez, KMUW, and the Wichita Eagle to challenge adults to read 12 books in 2022. To make it fun and challenging, we've chosen 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 anyone age 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
  • Each month that you log at least one book, you'll be entered into a drawing featuring book-related prizes


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

  1. A book by a debut author
  2. A book with a cover you like
  3. A book that intimidates you
  4. A book about a culture or topic you're unfamiliar with
  5. A middle-grade or teen book
  6. A book about mythology or folk tales
  1. Reread a favorite book
  2. A book set at sea or on a beach
  3. An immigration story
  4. A genre-blending book (fantasy/romance, historical mystery, etc.)
  5. A book that deals with mental illness
  6. A book by an author visiting Wichita or hosted remotely by a Wichita organization

Get started!

Track your progress using the Wichita Public Library's reading program site, Beanstack, beginning January 1, 2022. 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 challenges.

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 . A completed paper log can be returned to any Wichita Public Library location.

Check out our podcast!

It's no secret we love books. Now you can listen to our podcast and get reading recommendations from your favorite public librarians and monthly special guests. Check out Read. Return. Repeat., a podcast that brings you reading recommendations in the #ReadICT categories. What can you read next?

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Join the conversation!

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