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 May: Authors of Color for Adults

Read together with your BPL community throughout 2021! These books are recommended for the May challenge (Read a Book by an Author of Color)

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).

Teens

¡Leamos juntos! Libros para adolescentes

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

Reading Together in May: Authors of Color for Teens

Read together with your BPL community throughout 2021! These books are recommended for the May challenge (Read a Book by an Author of Color)

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).

Families

¡Leamos juntos! Libros para familias

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

Reading Together in May: Authors of Color for Families

Read together with your BPL community throughout 2021! These books are recommended for the May challenge (Read a Book by an Author of Color)

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).

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

May: The Widows of Malabar Hill

In the 1920s, Bombay's only female lawyer, is investigating a suspicious will on behalf of three Muslim widows when the case turns murderous

June: The Cooking Gene

A memoir of Southern cuisine & food culture that traces the paths of the author's ancestors through slavery to show its effects on our food.

July: Fair Play

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

Teens

May: Here to Stay

When a cyberbully sends the high school a picture of Bijan Majidi, photo-shopped to look like a terrorist, the school promises to punish...

June: The Poet X

When Xiomara Batista is invited to join the school slam poetry club, she struggles with her mother's expectations and her need to be heard.

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.

Families

May: The Jumbies

Corinne le Mar isn't afraid of anything, and it may be that only her bravery can save her island from the Jumbies.

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
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