10 to Try

10 to Try Reading Challenge

Expand your reading horizons with 10 to Try, our annual reading challenge!

How it Works

Sign up for the challenge at kcls.beanstack.org or pick up at 10 to Try bookmark at your library.

Read one book in each of this year’s 10 categories by December 31, 2021.

Complete all 10 categories online or send a picture of your completed bookmark to 10totry@kcls.org to finish the challenge.

Finishers are entered into a drawing for a set of books chosen for you by a librarian.

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The Categories

  • Makes you laugh
  • Non-human characters
  • About the future
  • Epistolary novel (Written in letters, emails, etc.)
  • By a Black author
  • Published this year
  • About pop culture
  • Re-read an old favorite
  • Set where you were born
  • Recommended by staff

Need ideas or inspiration?

Browse our book picks for the challenge. Check back each month for new recommendations!

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • 10 to Try is a year-long reading challenge. Read a book in each of 10 categories, track your reading, and share your favorites with the library and your fellow readers.  The 2021 categories are: 
    • Read a book that makes you laugh 
    • Read a book with non-human characters 
    • Read a book about the future 
    • Read an epistolary novel (written in letters) 
    • Read a book by a Black author 
    • Read a book published this year 
    • Read a book about pop culture 
    • Re-read an old favorite 
    • Read a book set where you were born 
    • Read a book recommended by staff 
  • Sign up for the challenge and track your progress on Beanstack, our online reading site. 

    Finishers are entered into a drawing for a set of books chosen for them by a librarian.

  • Visit our Staff Picks blog for recommendations from library staff.

    Subscribe to our monthly newsletter, KCLS Reads. You’ll get book suggestions delivered to your inbox. 

    Find 10 to Try booklists on the Books page.

    Send us a BookMatch request for a list of personalized suggestions. A staff member will create a list just for you! 

  • Readers who finish the challenge are entered into a drawing for a set of books chosen for them by a librarian.

  • Yes! Readers of all ages are encouraged to participate. Need suggestions for young readers? Check our Kids and Teen pages, or talk to your local children's or teen librarian.

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Share your progress online with #10totry

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