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Nov 06 - Dec 20

Extreme Book Nerd Challenge - Official Rules 2019

50 books in 50 weeks in 50 categories*


  • Extreme Book Nerd runs from January 3, 2019 through December 20, 2019.

  • One category per book for a total of 50 books in 50 weeks, to be read by December 20, 2019.

  • Only Meridian Library District cardholders are eligible to win the completion prize. All other library cardholders are welcome to enjoy the challenge for bragging rights.

  • All books read for the challenge need to be recorded in your Extreme Book Nerd reading log (physically or digitally) with the title, author, and date finished for each book listed with each category.

    • To be rewarded for finishing the Extreme Book Nerd Challenge, you will have to return to a library staff member and have them sign off on your completed categories in your Extreme Book Nerd log by December 20, 2019.

    • Reading logs will only be accepted in the distributed paper format or via online registration through the Meridian Library District website.

  • Books for other reading programs and book clubs can be counted toward this challenge as long as they fit into one of the categories (i.e., Summer Reading Program, Winter Reading Program, book clubs, school assignments, etc.) and are done by December 20, 2019.

  • Audiobooks can be counted toward the challenge.

  • Books must be Middle Grade reading level or higher to count toward the challenge.

  • All books finished and reported by December 20, 2019 can be counted toward this challenge.

  • Participants who finish the challenge by December 20, 2019 will receive an exclusive prize: Choice of a blanket, long-sleeve or short-sleeve shirt with the challenge logo printed on it.

Only one category per book. You cannot use the same book for multiple categories.

*Teens need only to complete 35 of the categories in the Challenge to be awarded the prize. Books beyond the needed 35 will not be counted toward another challenge, nor will another prize be awarded.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate in this challenge?

  • Full participation in this challenge is limited to adult and teen (13+) Meridian Library District cardholders. Cardholders from other libraries may participate in the challenge, but will not be eligible to win the prize.

How quickly can I finish and report?

  • As quickly as you complete the challenge, as long as the books were read during the Extreme Book Nerd Challenge time frame (January 3, 2019 - December 20, 2019)

How long do I have to sign up?

  • Participants may register from January 3, 2019 - July 31, 2019.

Can I count books I read before I registered for the Challenge?

  • No, books may only count toward the Challenge that were completed after the date that you registered.

How do I report completion?

  • Bring your reading log to a staff member of the Meridian Library District. Be prepared to discuss some of the titles you read.

How do I know if a book counts for a category?

  • If you feel that a book fits a category, then record it in your reading log. If you’re not sure which category to use, ask a librarian.

Do I have to read one of the suggested titles?

  • Nope! Those are only there to give you some ideas. Feel free to read whatever you like that fits the category.

Do I need to complete the categories in order?

  • You may complete the categories in any order, as long as all 50 categories are completed by December 20, 2019.

Can I read children’s books?

  • Books need to be of Middle Grade level or higher.

How and when do I get my prize?

  • Once the challenge ends on December 20, 2019, library staff will tally completion records and prepare the prize order. Because prizes will be custom ordered and printed, they will not be available for pick-up until February 2020. You (or your designated representative) will need to show a photo ID or library card when picking up your prize.

?Challenge Categories:

A book with a female protagonist

A banned book

A Hugo Award winner or nominee

A beach read

A book set in the South

A western

Reread a favorite book of yours

A collection of short stories

A book set somewhere you have never been

A book you own but have never read

A book with food in it

A book with royalty in it

A book by a first-time author

A historical fiction novel

A cozy mystery

A book by an Idaho author

A graphic novel

A love story

A dystopian novel

A book about books

A sad book

A book about immigrants or refugees

A book inspired by another literary work

A book with a Dewey Decimal number in the 600’s

A book with X, Y, or Z in the title

A book from a Library display

A book with an alternative lifestyle

A nonfiction book

A book with garden in the title

A book with a body of water

A book with a red cover

A book with mental illness

A book by a Canadian author

An autobiography or memoir

A book with a season in the title

A book with a floral cover

A book published posthumously

A book with a one word title

A book you choose based entirely on its cover

An epistolary book

Two books with the same title: book 1

Two books with the same title: book 2

A book of your choosing

A nonfiction history book

A book with an animal in it

A book with a city in the title

A book with a lawyer in it

Listen to an audiobook

A book published this year (2019)

A book from an opposite political viewpoint than your own

Only 1 category per book. You cannot use the same book for multiple categories.

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