Adult Summer Reading Challenge

Spice up your reading this summer with the Adult Summer Reading challenge.

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Complete 10 challenges to be in the draw for prizes. Expand the list for some staff recommendations if you need inspiration.

Read a book by a New Zealand author

Five Minutes Alone  By Paul Cleave 

The uncle’s story by Witi Ihimaera

Tamar by Deborah Challinor

Read a book in a genre you would generally avoid

Historical?The wonder by Emma Donoghue

Science fiction? The time ships by Stephen Baxter

Thriller?Predator by Wilbur Smith

Or, browse by genre here.

Read a biography or memoir

Being a beast by Charles Foster

Hard country by Robin Robilliard

Not my father’s son by Alan Cumming

Read a book that has won an award

The sellout by Paul Beatty (Man Booker award)

A whispered name by William Brodrick (Gold Dagger award)

Coming rain by Stephen Daisley (Ockham NZ award)

Read a classic book from the 19th century

Great expectations by Charles Dickens

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Read a book that makes you laugh

The life and times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson

Pontoon: a Lake Wobegon novel  by Garrison Keillor

The Gropes by Tom Sharpe

Read a book from the teen or children’s collection

Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian

A monster calls by Patrick Ness

The emergency zoo by Miriam Halahmy

Read an eBook from our ePlatform collection

Check out our eBooks page to learn more about how to get into the world of eReading!

The 10 pm question by Kate de Goldi

The secret life of James Cook  by Graeme Lay

Sydney Bridge upside down by David Ballantyne

Read a translated book

This too shall pass by Milena Busquets

I hid my voice by Parinoush Saniee

The fox was ever the hunter by Herta Muller

Read a travel account or history

Read 2 books in a series

Discworld series by Terry Pratchett

Sharpe series by Bernard Cornwell

Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovitch

Read an eMagazine from our Zinio or Press Reader services

Just for having a library card and a PIN number, you could be accessing hundreds of the most popular magazine titles for free. Woman's Day, New Scientist, Australian Woman's Weekly, and many many more. 

Check out Zinio for a dedicated magazine service, and PressReader has both magazines and newspapers from all across the world.

Reread a book that is an old favourite

Your choice! Some of our old favourites:

The scarecrow by Ronald Hugh Morrieson

Dark materials series by Phillip Pullman

Rachel’s holiday by Marion Keyes

Read a book you found using the NoveList database

Login to the NoveList database using your library card and PIN. It’s a great resource to explore and discover books and authors.

Watch a DVD based on a book

Room, based on the book by Emma Donoghue

Me before you, based on the book by Jojo Moyes

The book thief  based on the book by Markus Zusak

Email us a short review of a book you’d like to share

Email us a short review of a book you’d like to share. We’d love to hear from you.