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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.

New in

The Vanishing Half

The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it's not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it's everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities.

It Ends With Us

Lily hasn't always had it easy, but that's never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants....
... for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

Red, White and Royal Blue

First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz, with his sister and the Veep's genius granddaughter, are the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. Then photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids

Red Queen

Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is, until a twist of fate brings her before the Silver court.

The Song of Achilles

This is a breathtakingly original rendering of the Trojan War - a devastating love story and a tale of gods and kings, immortal fame and the human heart.

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