Take on the Winter Reading Challenge. Because Reading is Snow Much Fun & You May as Well Book a Staycation!

Since we all had a lot of fun doing the Summer Reading Challenge we have decided to offer our first Winter Reading Challenge! It will be a little different this time...

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What is the Winter Reading Challenge?

The purpose of this Challenge is for Fairfield University students, staff, and faculty to find reading motivation and to try out new genres, and choose titles from a wider range of voices and perspectives. The Winter Reading Challenge runs until Feb. 28th 2021.

How does it work?

There are fourteen optional reading categories and the idea is that you pick a book that corresponds to each category. You can read just one book, a few, or all fourteen! See graphic below. Each challenger will have their own Quip document made for them to log their books but will be able to look at other’s documents for book suggestions or to use the comment feature to ask questions or comment.

How do I sign-up?

All you need to do to sign-up is email Lisa Thornell, Student Engagement & Outreach Librarian, at lthornell@fairfield.edu to say you are interested so that your Challenge page can be set up for you on Quip. You can sign-up ANYTIME while the challenge is running (anytime before Feb. 28 2021). If you are not familiar with using Quip, or would like a refresher, let Lisa know so she can give you a brief overview.

What do I get for taking on the Challenge?

For every book you log by 2/28/21 you will get one entry into a raffle to win prizes. To participate you do not need to read books in all 14 categories- however if you do you automatically get a prize AND be entered into a larger raffle drawing. Prizes are sponsored by the Health & Wellness committee, Marketing & Communications, and the Fairfield University Bookstore.

How do I find books to read for each of the categories?

See our new suggested reading guide on the library website and the tab for the Winter Reading Challenge for links to other reading lists. In addition to borrowing books from us (we have a new home delivery service) we hope you will utilized your local public library too. Many are offering curbside pickup during this time. Or if you prefer to buy your books, consider purchasing from the Fairfield University Bookstore or your local bookseller.

The Winter Reading Challenge runs from Dec. 8th 2020 through Feb. 28, 2021, and is sponsored by the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, Health & Wellness committee, Marketing & Communications, and the Fairfield University Bookstore. It is inspired by Book Riot's annual Read Harder Challenge. Questions? Contact lthornell@fairfied.edu