2020 Extreme Book Nerd Teens

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Extreme Book Nerd Challenge - Official Rules 2020

50 books in 50 weeks in 50 categories*


  • Extreme Book Nerd runs from January 2, 2020 through December 18, 2020.

  • One category per book for a total of 50 books in 50 weeks, to be read by December 18, 2020.

  • 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 18, 2020.

    • 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 18, 2020.

  • 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 18, 2020 can be counted toward this challenge.

  • Participants who finish the challenge by December 18, 2020 will receive an exclusive prize: a fleece jacket 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.

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Extreme Book Nerd 2020 categories

  1. A book about or set during WWII

  2. The first book in a series 

  3. Nonfiction & Fiction about the same topic book 1

  4. Nonfiction & Fiction about the same topic book 2

  5. A bildungsroman book (Coming-of-Age story) 

  6. A book set during a holiday

  7. A book with multiple narrators 

  8. A book recommended to me

  9. A book with a green cover

  10. A classic novel 

  11. A book with a weather element in the title 

  12. A book with a heist in it 

  13. A book with a Dewey Decimal number in the 300’s 

  14. A book written in the first person 

  15. A Young Adult (YA) novel 

  16. A book set in two time periods 

  17. A book with a baby in it 

  18. A book set in India 

  19. A biography 

  20. A book set in a favorite location of yours

  21. A book from a celebrity book club 

  22. A book set in outer space 

  23. A true crime book 

  24. A book by two authors 

  25. A book that was made into a movie 

  26. A book of poetry or written in verse 

  27. A book by a famous non-author 

  28. A book with a pirate in it 

  29. A book set during the summer 

  30. A novel based on a true story 

  31. A book about the military 

  32. A book that was translated into English  

  33. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

  34. A book with a number in the title 

  35. A book that scares you

  36. A book with a long title (at least 5 words)

  37. A book with a person’s name in the title

  38. A National Book Award winner or nominee

  39. A book based on a fairy tale or mythology 

  40. A book published the year you were born

  41. A book with a cover that is your favorite color

  42. A book by a person of color 

  43. A book found using Novelist

  44. A book about a sport

  45. A book with a time of day in the title (dawn, midnight, etc)

  46. A title with an action verb in it (running, talking, etc.)

  47. A book with a cat

  48. A loved one’s favorite book 

  49. A book with a child or teen protagonist 

  50. A book with “Extreme,” “Book,” or “Nerd” in the title 

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