Read 2021

After a challenging year in 2020, staff at the Evanston Public Library once again invite you to join us in a year-long reading challenge: READ 2021.

With this second year of our challenge, we hope to move beyond the genres and authors we typically read, explore new territory, get outside of our comfort zones and expand our love of reading to include new voices and stories. We hope you will join us!

Each month we’ll be reading a different genre or format:

January: Books with Fewer than 200 pages | PDFDigital Content
February: Romance | PDF | Digital Content
March: Books in Translation | PDFDigital Content
April: Poetry | PDF | Digital Content
May: Graphic Novels & Comics | PDF | Digital Content
June (Watch Month): A Non-English Language Film | PDF | Digital Content
July: Beach Reads | PDF | Digital Content
August: Science Fiction & Fantasy | PDF | Digital Content
September: Non-Fiction S.T.E.M. | PDF | Digital Content
October: Horror | PDF | Digital Content
November: Humor | PDF | Digital Content
December: Memoir & Biography | PDF | Digital Content

How to participate:

  • Read a book from our monthly list of suggested titles or choose a book that fits the monthly category on your own.
  • Read 2021 is flexible! Participate in any month that interests or inspires you. No need to register!
  • When you complete a month’s challenge, fill out this form online to enter for a chance to win a gift card. We’ll choose winners at the end of every month.
  • If you really love the book you read that month, share it with us by writing a Community Picks Review!
  • The monthly topics for this year will be the same as last year’s Read 2020 challenge but the suggested reading lists for each month will be edited and expanded.

Our monthly suggested title lists will be available on the library’s website on this post and on our READ 2021 book display on the second floor of the Main Library.

Keep an eye out for book reviews, blog posts, and book talk events connected to READ 2021 and, most importantly, have fun!

Need some more recommendations for a specific month? Use our LitMatch form and ask for titles that match a specific month’s category!


LitMatch: Personalized Readers’ Advisory

Do you have a lot of time on your hands this winter but don’t know what to read? Want to try some new and interesting titles?

Just fill out a brief survey, and we will provide a customized list of books just for you!

LitMatch is available for kids, teens and adults, as well as in Spanish.

Simply fill out the appropriate LitMatch form with as much information as you can. We’ll get back to you with our recommendations.


To Goodread or Not

September 15, 2011

I’ve flirted with Library Thing, and the I’m Reading app on Facebook, but when it all comes down to it; no one wants to have to deal with another online resource. Why would I want to remember one more user name, or have to deal with another password? For a long time, I felt this way about Goodreads.  I knew I was supposed to use it—I mean, I was a librarian for Pete’s sake!  Yet, I resisted.  I think the magic moment happened when I was trying to figure out what to read next, and I discovered their lists. You know that feeling of floating through a bookstore, browsing section by section with a latte in your hand, just excited to find that next big read that will keep you up all night? Continue reading “To Goodread or Not”