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Read-It Challenge: Home

Read-It is a yearly challenge to read 6 things in 6 months. Here is where you can sign up to the challenge, log progress, discuss what you're reading and get recommendations.

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Welcome to our Read-It page!

The Read-It Challenge is an annual reading challenge run by your College Library. It begins on National Poetry Day (the first Thursday in October) and ends on the Friday before May half term. During this time you are challenged to read and record 6 things. These could be novels, short stories, comics, non fiction, poetry or website and magazine articles.

We ask you to write a short review of what you read which you can either submit online on this page or you can fill in one of our review postcards which are available from the Library. Everyone who completes the challenge will receive a certificate plus there will also be a trophy awarded and prize draw where High Street vouchers can be won.

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Where the Crawdads Sing

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She's barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark. But Kya is not what they say. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of fireflies the real way of this world. But while she could have lived in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world until the unthinkable happens

Daisy Jones & the Six

They were the new icons of rock and roll, fated to burn bright and not fade away. But on 12 July 1979, it all came crashing down.

The Man Who Didn't Call

Imagine you meet a man, spend seven glorious days together, and fall in love. And it’s mutual: you’ve never been so certain of anything.

So when he leaves for a long-booked holiday and promises to call from the airport, you have no cause to doubt him.

But he doesn’t call.

If you don't like to read, you haven't found the right book.

J. K. Rowling

Think before you speak. Read before you think.

Fran Lebowitz, 'The Fran Lebowitz Reader'

In books I have travelled, not only to other worlds, but into my own.

Anna Quindlen, ‘How Reading Changed My Life’

So many books, so little time!

Frank Zappa

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

Stephen King, ‘On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft’


“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… the man who never reads lives only one.” 

George R. R. Martin, ‘A Dance with Dragons’

“The more that you read, the more things that you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Dr Seuss, ‘I can read with my eyes shut’


“We read to know we’re not alone.”

William Nicholson, ‘Shadowlands’

“I read for pleasure and that is the moment I learn the most.”

Margaret Atwood

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” 

Joseph Addison

“The world was hers for the reading.” 

Betty Smith, ‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn’

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.”

Margaret Fuller

“I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.” 

Orhan Pamuk, ‘The New Life’

“Reading brings us unknown friends.” 

Honore de Balzac

“We read books to find out who we are…” 

Ursula K. Le Guin

“Read, read, read.  Read everything …”

William Faulkner

“If you only read the books everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” 

Haruki Murakami, ‘Norwegian Wood’

“I owe everything I am and everything I will ever be to books.” 

Gary Paulsen, ‘Shelf Life: Stories by the Book’

“Show me a family of readers and I will show you the people who move the world.” 

Napolean Bonaparte