Announcing Our 2021 Reading Challenge Categories

We're all looking forward to a new year. At the library, one of the things we're excited about is our annual reading challenge, 10 to Try!
 
Below are the categories for next year's challenge. Check back starting in January. We'll share booklists and blog posts with suggestions for each theme.
 
  • 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 

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.
 
If you'd like a 10 to Try bookmark, you can request one via Curbside to Go. Request your bookmark in one of three ways:
 
  1. Request a 10 to Try bookmark in the “Any special needs for this pick up?” field when making a curbside appointment via myLIBRO.
  2. Request a 10 to Try bookmark in the “Add a note” field when making a curbside appointment online.
  3. Request a 10 to Try when calling to make a curbside appointment.
 
Read a book in each of the categories. Then, send a picture of your completed bookmark to 10toTry@kcls.org to enter the grand prize drawing. Tracking your reading online? You'll be entered automatically when you finish the challenge!
 

Is there a prize?

Thanks to the KCLS Foundation, three 10 to Try finishers will win a set of books picked out just for them by a librarian. Think of it as a BookMatch that you get to keep! You have until December 31, 2021, 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 kcls.org/10toTry all year long. Follow along on social media with #10toTry to see our picks and what your fellow readers are enjoying. Finally, we'll also be featuring the categories in this year's episodes of The Desk Set podcast. We hope you'll join us for another year of discovering wonderful new reads!