Reading Challenge 

Read often, read widely, talk about books and reading, and challenge yourself.

Do you only read a bit and need some inspiration? Are you a booklover who would like to read more widely? Are you looking for reading recommendations?

Take our reading challenge. It’s for everyone and will encourage you to read more, read widely. We hope you will read something you wouldn’t usually think about reading. The challenge isn't a competition, and there are no prizes. The challenge for each reader is for themselves.

  1. Get a copy of the reading challenge list. Download the 2016 Winter Reading Challenge Bookmark (PDF 624KB), or pick up a bookmark from the library.
  2. Find and read books that meet the challenge criteria.
  3. Keep track of the books you read by ticking them off the list as you finish them.
  4. Share what you’re reading with family and friends. Talk about the books, and post about them and the challenge on social media (#readingchallenge #whatareyoureading #CBRreads).

We also have a something special for younger readers, our Chatterbox Reading Challenge: which you can download in A4 format (PDF 44KB) or A3 format (PDF 45KB).

2016 Winter Reading Challenge List

  • A book with less than 150 pages
  • A book by an author using a pseudonym
  • A book featuring an animal
  • A self-improvement book
  • A book recommended by someone you just met
  • Historical fiction set before 1900
  • A book by a female Australian author
  • A book borrowed from the library
  • A book set in the Middle East
  • Dystopian/post-apocalyptic fiction
  • A book with a blue cover
  • A book featuring time travel
  • A book written by an author whose name starts with the letter Z
  • A biography (not memoir or autobiography)
  • A popular science book
  • A book short-listed for ACT Book of the Year (any year)
  • A book translated from another language
  • A book adapted into a movie
  • A book from your childhood
  • A collection of poetry
  • A book you own but have never read
  • A book by a New Zealand author
  • An author's debut novel
  • A book set in Scandinavia
  • A book you should have read at school but didn't