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Welcome to Cape May County Library’s 2017 reading challenge!

Not familiar with reading challenges? It’s simple! Here’s how it works: Throughout 2017, choose books that fall into the categories listed on the form and enjoy them. Then write down the titles and submit a completed form for a chance to win one of three prizes. That’s it! 

Read or listen to your books any way you’d prefer - we aren’t picky. Can you use a single book to fulfill more than one category? Yes! We suggest that you choose books that you haven’t read before. It’s good to try new things and we have plenty of books to offer.

There are no age requirements - everyone is encouraged to participate!
Have a great year and happy reading!

Once you have finished the entire challenge - drop off a completed form at any CMC Library branch or send an email to the address below.

Emails can be readable photos/scans of the filled out form or a typed list of the categories and qualifying titles.
Completed challenges must be submitted by 12/31/17 to be eligible for entry into the raffle.
Questions and completed challenges can be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - thank you!


Don’t know where to start? Need some recommendations? Take a look at the links below for title and author suggestions. Please note that the links lead to webpages outside the Cape May County Library’s website.


A graphic novel, manga, or book of comics

Best Graphic Novels for Children (Goodreads)  

Best Manga Books (Goodreads)

50 Best Graphic Novels (Forbidden Planet) 

Comic Recommendations for All Readers (Book Riot) 


A book published the decade you were born

Books by Decade (Goodreads)

Books of the Century (Hosted by University of California, Berkeley) 


A collection of poetry

Best Poetry Books (The Telegraph) 

Poetry that Everyone Should Read (Flavorwire) 

Poetry Recommendations for Children (Scholastic)  

Outstanding Poetry for the College-Bound (ALA/YALSA) 


A book that has been, or will be, made into a movie

Books Made into Movies (Goodreads) 

Books Becoming Movies in 2017 (MTV) 

50 Great Movies Based on Children’s Books (Youth Literature Reviews) 


A prize-winning book

Young Adult Book Awards (ALA/YALSA) 

National Book Award (National Book Award Foundation) 

Various Winners of Children’s Books (Powell’s Book Store) 

Award Winning Kids’ Books (Reading Rockets) 


A book set in NJ or written by someone from NJ

101 Great NJ Books (Discover NJ History) 

Top 10 NJ Authors of 2015 ( 

NJ’s Favorite Authors (NJ Spotlight) 


A nonfiction book about science

Science Books that Read Like Fiction (io9)

Popular Science Nonfiction (Goodreads) 

NYT Science Nonfiction Bestsellers (New York Times) 

Science Books for Kids (Geek Wrapped)


A banned or challenged book

Frequently Challenged Books (ALA) 

Banned Books that Shaped America (Banned Books Week) 

Children’s Books that Made the Banned or Challenged Lists ( 


A book under 100 pages

15 Life-Changing Books you Can Read in a Day (Time) 

Most Influential Books Under 100 Pages (Goodreads) 


A biography or autobiography

100 Must-Read Musician Memoirs and Biographies (Book Riot) 

50 Great Books about 50 Inspiring Women (Flavorwire) 

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Biographies and Autobiographies (The Pulitzer Prizes)  

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