Reading Together

Reading Together: A Yearlong Reading Challenge

Let's read together! Join members of your Boston Public Library community to read books tied to our monthly themes. You can explore the themes in order, or choose the theme that fits your mood! All ages are welcome. If you have any questions, contact us at yearlong@bpl.org.

Reading Together A yearlong community reading challenge from the Boston Public Library

How to Participate

There are three different ways to participate:

Recommendations

Not sure what to read? Your friendly librarians at the Boston Public Library have compiled lists of suggestions for each theme. Browse for inspiration, but you can always choose a different book if you prefer! We have collected the suggestions of your fellow participants each month so that you can see what they recommend for you too.

Adults

¡Leamos juntos! Libros para adultos

¡Leamos juntos! Recomendamos estos libros para los temas mensuales del programa Reading Together, .

Reading Together in June: Award-Winning Books for Adults

Read together with your BPL community throughout 2021! These books are recommended for the June challenge (Read an Award-Winning Book).

Reading Together in July: LGBTQ+ Authors for Adults

Read together with your BPL community throughout 2021! These books are recommended for the July challenge (Read a Book by an LGBTQ+ Author).

Reading Together in August: Books in Translation for Adults

Read together with your BPL community throughout 2021! These books are recommended for the August challenge (Read a Book in Translation).

Teens

¡Leamos juntos! Libros para adolescentes

¡Leamos juntos! Recomendamos estos libros para los temas mensuales del programa Reading Together.

Reading Together in June: Award-Winning Books for Teens

Read together with your BPL community throughout 2021! These books are recommended for the June challenge (Read an Award Winning Book).

Reading Together in July: LGBTQ+ Authors for Teens

Read together with your BPL community throughout 2021! These books are recommended for the July challenge (Read a Book by an LGBTQ+ Author).

Reading Together in August: Books in Translation for Teens

Read together with your BPL community throughout 2021! These books are recommended for the August challenge (Read a Book in Translation).

Families

¡Leamos juntos! Libros para familias

¡Leamos juntos! Recomendamos estos libros para los temas mensuales del programa Reading Together.

Reading Together in June: Award-Winning Books for Families

Read together with your BPL community throughout 2021! These books are recommended for the June challenge (Read an Award Winning Book).

Reading Together in July: LGBTQ+ Authors for Families

Read together with your BPL community throughout 2021! These books are recommended for the July challenge (Read a Book by an LGBTQ+ Author).

Families Reading Together in August: Books in Translation

Read together with your BPL community throughout 2021! These books are recommended for the August challenge (Read a Book in Translation).

Participants Recommended

Carousel of Recommended Reading Booklists Suggested by Other Patrons

Monthly Book Discussions

Part of the fun of reading together is getting to talk about what you read! Every month, we have chosen a Community Read title for adults, teens, and families to read and discuss together.

For the month that these books are Community Reads, they will be available as eBooks with no wait list in Overdrive, and a library-wide book discussion will be held at the end of the month. Other book discussion groups hosted at the Boston Public Library may also choose to discuss books that tie into the monthly theme. Check our Events page for upcoming Reading Together book discussions.

If you're reading out of order, or not interested in this month’s Community Read, you can still participate. Discuss your thoughts on our Reading Together forum, hosted on Discord! Please note that children under the age of 13 are not able to create a Discord account.

Monthly Themes

January — A Book about the Past
February — A Debut Author
March — An #OwnVoices Book
April — A Book with Pictures
May — An Author of Color
June — An Award-Winning Book
July — An LGBTQ+ Author
August — A Book in Translation
September — A Staff Pick
October — A Story under 100 Pages
November — An Author Born Outside the United States
December — A Book about the Future

Upcoming Reading Together Book Discussions

Adults

July: Fair Play

Fair Play is the type of love story that is rarely told, a revelatory depiction of contentment, hard-won and exhilarating.

August: The Barefoot Woman

The story of the author's mother, a fierce, loving woman who protected her family from the violence intruding in pre-genocide Rwanda.

September: The Lady From the Black Lagoon

This book is a tribute to a forgotten pioneer of special effects & makeup design, Milicent Patrick. It also reveals how Hollywood discard...

Teens

July: Brown Girl Dreaming

In vivid poems, Jaqueline Woodson shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s.

August: Where We Go From Here

An absorbing debut novel about three gay friends in Brazil whose lives become intertwined in the face of HIV.

September: Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1 - No Normal

Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City - until she's suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who is the new Ms. Marvel?

Families

June: Lucky Broken Girl

In 1960s New York, 5th grader Ruthie, a Cuban-Jewish immigrant, must rely on books, art, her family & friends when an accident puts her...

July: The Best At It

12 year-old Rahul Kapoor, an Indian-American boy in a small-town, struggles to come to terms with his identity, including that he may be gay

August: My Beijing

4 short stories set in a residential alleyway, of Beijing. Yu'er, her grandfather & their neighbors experience the magic of everyday life.
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