What is the challenge?

Read a book each month from the following themes:

January: read a novel based on a real person or event
February: read a book published over 100 years ago
March: read a collection of short stories
April: read a book under 150 pages
May: read a book that was banned at some point
June: read a translated book
July: read a book with a connection to Horsham District
August: read a book written by someone under the age of 30
September: read a book recommended to you by a friend, librarian or neighbouring book group
October: read a prize winning book
November: read a children’s classic
December: read a book published this year
WILDCARD: substitute any month with a book you've always wanted to read!


Welcome to the Horsham District Year of Culture Reading Challenge blog, run by West Sussex Libraries. To celebrate the year of culture, your local libraries are inviting you to join us for the 2019 Reading Challenge. Join us in making twelve reading resolutions that we hope will inspire you, challenge you and connect you to fellow readers in the district.

The challenge will run in Horsham, Southwater, Storrington, Billingshurst, Steyning, Henfield and Pulborough Libraries. Join us by popping in with your library card (or some ID) or by giving us a call. Find out how to contact your local library here.

Find out everything you need to know by reading through our challenge overview.

What will you find on the blog?

Head over to our recommended reads page for our book blog, where we’ll be posting recommended books and book reviews for each theme throughout the year, compiled and written by library staff, reading groups and customers. If you would like to submit a review, please let us know using the contact us form.

We’ll be running events throughout the year, so keep an eye on our events calendar and on the Horsham District Year of Culture calendar for events in your local area.

Sign up in your local library, and make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter (#HorshamDistrictReadingChallenge) and check out our official web page.

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