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 September: Staff Picks for Adults

Read together with your BPL community throughout 2021! These books are recommended for the September challenge (Read a Staff Pick).

Adults Reading Together in October: Stories Under 100 Pages

Read together with your BPL community throughout 2021! These books are recommended for the October challenge (Read a Story Under 100 Pages).

November Adults Read Together: Authors Born Outside the US

These books are recommended for the November challenge (Read a Book by an Author Born Outside the United States).

Teens

¡Leamos juntos! Libros para adolescentes

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

Reading Together in September: Staff Picks for Teens

Read together with your BPL community throughout 2021! These books are recommended for the September challenge (Read a Staff Pick).

Teens Reading Together in October: Stories Under 100 Pages

Read together with your BPL community throughout 2021! These books are recommended for the October challenge (Read a Story Under 100 Pages).

Teens Read Together in November: Authors Born Outside the US

Read together with your BPL community! These books are recommended for November's challenge (Read a Book by an Author Born Outside the US).

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 September: Staff Picks for Children

Read together with your BPL community throughout 2021! These books are recommended for the September challenge (Read a Staff Pick).

Families Reading Together in October: Books Under 100 Pages

Read together with your BPL community throughout 2021! These books are recommended for the October challenge (Read a Story Under 100 Pages).

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

October: One City, One Story

For October we will be reading the One City One Story selection, "Dumba Chora" by Chandreyee Lahiri.

November: Krik? Krak!

Examining the lives of ordinary Haitians, Danticat illuminates the distance between people's desires & the stifling reality of their lives.

March: The Mothers

The Mothers is a surprising story about young love, a big secret in a small community--and the things that ultimately haunt us most.

Teens

October: All Out

17 young adult authors across the queer spectrum have created a collection of beautifully written diverse historical fiction for teens.

December: The Marrow Thieves

In the future we cannot dream, and this has led to madness. Indigenous peoples can dream & their marrow is the cure, at the cost of their...

Families

September: Hands Up!

A young girl lifts her hands up in a series of everyday moments before finally raising her hands in resistance at a protest march.

October: We Are Grateful - Otsaliheliga

Otsaliheliga is a Cherokee word used to express gratitude. Journey through the year with a Cherokee family as they express thanks.

November: Listen, Slowly

Assisting her grandmother's investigation of her grandfather's fate during the Vietnam War, Mai struggles to redefine her sense of family.
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