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, .

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).

Reading Together in December: Books about the Future

Read together with your BPL community throughout 2021! These books are recommended for the December challenge (Read a Book about the Future)

Teens

¡Leamos juntos! Libros para adolescentes

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

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).

Teens Reading Together in December: Book about the Future

Read together with your BPL community throughout 2021! These books are recommended for the December challenge (Read a Book about the Future)

Families

¡Leamos juntos! Libros para familias

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

November Families 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).

Families Reading Together in December: Book about the Future

Read together with your BPL community throughout 2021! These books are recommended for the December challenge (Read a Book about the Future)

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

November: Krik? Krak!

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

December: Here and Now and Then

Kin Stewart is a normal family man. But his previous career was as a time-traveling secret agent from 2142. One day, his “rescue” team...

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

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...

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

December: Share Your Rainbow

Illustrators imagine what is represented by the rainbows children placed in their windows while in quarantine during the 2020 pandemic.

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.

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.
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