Announcing our 2020 reading challenge, 10 to Try!

As you start planning your New Year's Resolutions, don't forget to think about reading! While reading more often is a great goal, we also hope you'll think about reading broadly. Our annual reading challenge, 10 to Try, is designed to help you do just that. 

Below are the categories for next year's challenge. Check back starting in January for booklists and blog posts with suggestions for each theme.

  • Read a retelling of a fairytale or myth
  • Read a book that teaches you a new skill
  • Read a book about a journey
  • Read a book with a friend
  • Read a book about a person you'd like to meet
  • Read a book about nature
  • Read a book about music or a musician
  • Read a book about current events
  • Read a book recommended by King County Library System staff
  • Read a book by an author whose gender is different from yours

How do I participate?

As in past years, participation is super easy: pick up a 10 to Try bookmark at your local library or track your reading online using Beanstack. When you've read a book in each of the categories, turn in your bookmark to pick up a finisher button. Tracking your reading online? Just let staff know you finished the challenge and are ready to pick up your button. 

Is there a prize?

Every reader who finishes the challenge gets a finisher button. Additionally, thanks to the KCLS Foundation, three 10 to Try finishers will win a set of books picked out just for them by a KCLS librarian. Think of it as a BookMatch that you get to keep! You have until December 31, 2020, to finish the challenge. Grand prize winners will be announced in early January. 

Where can I find books to complete each category?

Sign up for our quarterly 10 to Try newsletter to have suggestions delivered directly to your inbox. We'll be blogging about 10 to Try and posting new booklists at all year long. Follow along on social media with #10toTry to see our picks and learn what your fellow readers are enjoying. Finally, next summer we'll launch a new season of The Desk Set podcast; each episode will feature one of the challenge categories. We hope you'll join us for another year of discovering wonderful new reads!