The PolyWogg Reading Challenge is a small reading group on Facebook with safe discussions of our readings. Some of us read a lot, some read a little, some just want to see book recommendations from other people. To encourage trying new books, or just to read more in general, each month I name “books of the month” based on a category plus a couple of challenge books. There’s also always “reader’s choice” to read whatever you want and share. I try to vary the book choices, track people’s achievements, and award badges monthly to help reinforce the member’s efforts to “read more”.
At the end of 2020, I asked for feedback through a series of short polls of members, and they told me:
- Keep lots of choice –> First category will be “reader’s choice”;
- Simplify –> Second category will be a special focus of the month;
- Keep challenges –> Keeping, with challenge books or three books in total;
- Keep badges –> You get Level 5 (Orange) for 1 book of reader’s choice; Level 4 (Green) for one of the named books; Level 3 (Yellow) for 2 books of reader’s choice; Level 2 (Blue) for 2 books of which one is a named book; and Level 1 (Red) for a challenge book or three books in total.
In terms of categories, people showed preferences for some non-fiction, mystery, award winners, and best-sellers. There was less interest in classic, fantasy, adventure, alt-history, thriller, and sci-fi. People also showed preferences for Indigenous, travel or locations, and historical fiction, with less interest in gender, BLM, food, or holidays.
A suggestion to create a spreadsheet for people to enter their book titles was voted down, but I will try to keep the website list more up to date this year. Here’s the overview for the year:
If you’re interested in joining, message me on FaceBook or submit a comment!
Titles Read By The Members by Month
The three categories for January are:
A. Reader’s choice – any book
B. Category: Humour
Book 1: Any book by David Sedaris (Amanda G’s suggestion: When You Are Engulfed In Flames)
Book 2: Any book by Harlan Coben (My suggestion: Deal Breaker, the first in the Myron Bolitar series)
C. Challenge books
Book 1: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Book 2: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson