Which 100 Book Challenge should I register for?
Beginning the summer before 6th grade through the end of 8th grade, you can take part in the 100 Books Before High School Challenge. From the summer before 9th grade through the end of 12th grade, you can take part in the 100 Books Before Graduation challenge. These two 100 Books challenges are based on a reader’s grade level not reading level.
Which books or which types of books do I need to read?
There are no specific titles or genres you need to read for your challenge. Every reader is unique! Part of becoming a lifelong reader is finding the books and authors that excite you and encourage you to make time to read during your day.
Can I use the same book more than once on my log if I re-read it?
No, we would like you to have the chance to read as many books as possible, so each title you count for your challenge should be a separate title.
Can I log books that I read before the date I signed up for the challenge – from when I started 6th grade or 9th grade?
No, we would like everyone to start from the point they sign up for a challenge. We know this might be tricky for those of you who are signing up when you’re already part-way through the time frame, but consider it an extra challenge!
I started a book but didn’t like it and don’t want to finish it. Can I still add to my log?
If you have given the book a genuine chance by reading or listening to at least 50% of it, then you can add it to your list. We don’t want to force you to finish a book when there are so many other great books at the library for you to enjoy.
What are the prizes?
You will receive prizes for the reading you do during this challenge even if you don’t complete it. The Ultimate Reader's Gift Basket must be picked up in person at a Carmel Clay Public Library location.
- 25 books = Challenge Laptop Sticker
- 50 books = $15 Bookshop.org Gift Card
- 100 books = Ultimate Reader’s Gift Basket & Certificate of Completion
I finished 100 Books Before High School. Can I also sign up for 100 Books Before Graduation?
Yes! You can register for the 100 Books Before Graduation challenge any time after you finish 8th grade and before you finish 12th grade. We would love to have you complete both challenges.
I don’t know what to read!
One of the goals of these challenges is to help you become a lifelong reader and to give you a chance to read titles you never would have expected to enjoy. You can find lots of titles to choose from in our Book Suggestions section above, or you can stop by the library to say hello and browse the shelves for titles that catch your eye.
100 books seem like a lot. How will I have time to read that many?
Reading 100 books is a lot! However, we do not expect you to complete this challenge in a week, a month, or even a year. We do encourage you to join both programs at the earliest opportunity possible, which would give you three years to complete the 100 Books Before High School challenge and four years to complete the 100 Books Before Graduation challenge.
Remember that the goal is not just to read 100 books but also to develop a lifelong reading habit. Everyone reads at their own pace, so enjoy the process and take your time.
Do ebooks or audiobooks count? What about graphic novels?
Yes! Reading an ebook or listening to an audiobook totally counts as having read the book. Graphic novels and manga count, too. You can read books in whatever way and format works best for you.
Can I add the books I need to read for school?
Yes! While we encourage you to read books for fun, school reading counts too.
I finished my 100 Books Challenge, and I still have time before the program ends to read another 100 books. Can I register for the challenge again?
Congratulations on reading 100 books! However, readers can only participate in each challenge one time due to our limited prize budget.
If you have more questions, call the library’s Young Adult Department at 317.814.3983 or email us at email@example.com for more info.