Top Reads from the Winter Reading Challenge

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The DiMenna-Nyselius Library's 2nd Winter Reading Challenge (WRC) kicked off in December and concluded at the end of February. The purpose of the WRC was for Fairfield University students, staff, and faculty to find reading motivation, try out new genres, and choose titles from a wider range of voices and perspective. Thank you to all of the readers and to the Health & Wellness committee and Fairfield University Bookstore for the prizes!

We had 23 staff, 15 students, and 13 faculty members sign up to take on the Challenge. They read 202 books within the 10 categories. Of course we had to add the One Book One Town selection, The House in the Cerulean Sea, as one of them! Participants also logged an additional 96 books outside the categories.

In the post-challenge survey 90% of respondents said the WRC helped them read more diverse books, gain the motivation to read, and feel connected to the reading community. 100% said they would sign-up again! And on that note, the 3rd annual Summer Reading Challenge will be promoted in early May.

Some of the popular books read for the WRC:

All That She Carried : The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black family Keepsake

Apples Never Fall : A Novel

Between Two Kingdoms : A Memoir of a Life Interrupted

Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood

Hell of a Book : Or the Altogether Factual, Wholly Bona Fide Story of a Big Dreams, Hard Luck, American-Made Mad Kid

His Only Wife : A Novel

The House in the Cerulean Sea


The Plot

Under the Whispering Door

Winter Reading Challenge list of ten categories