Ultimate Book Nerd

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Are you a self-proclaimed book nerd?  Ready to put your nerdiness to the test? Read 50 books in 2022 to claim the title of Ultimate Book Nerd! This title comes with bragging rights and swag to let the world know you are the best of the book nerds.

From January 3 – December 31, read 50 books from the 50 categories listed below.  

Guidelines: 

  • Read 50 books 
  • 1 book per category 
  • Audiobooks, e-books, and graphic novels all count 
  • UBN for Kids is for ages 12 and under 
  • Must have an active Boise Public Library card in good standing to earn swag 

How to Participate 

UBN is going virtual!   

Download the Beanstack app to your phone or tablet or participate online at BoisePublicLibrary.Beanstack.org 

If virtual participation isn’t an option for you, please see staff at any Boise Public Library service desk and they will help. 

Looking for recommendations? 

Subscribe to our email list and receive monthly recommendations! 

Check out our new Personalized Picks service! Get personalized recommendations from our librarians by filling out a brief form to let us know what you’re looking for. 

Find us on Facebook

Join our Ultimate Book Nerd Facebook group to share what you’re reading, ask for recommendations, and stay connected with fellow Book Nerds. We hope you'll join the group and the conversation! Terms for participating in the group linked here.

Book Swaps

Join your fellow book nerds for a book swap! Bring up to two books from your personal bookshelf to trade for two new books. Connect with other book nerds and get suggestions from friends, strangers, and Library staff for your next read. We have five book swaps for you to choose from:

  • Wednesday, June 22, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Library! at Bown Crossing
  • Saturday, July 23, 10 a.m.-noon at the Main Library
  • Wednesday, August 24, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Library! at Hillcrest
  • Wednesday, September 28, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Library! at Collister
  • Wednesday, October 26, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Library! at Cole & Ustick

Visit our online calendar for full details.

Please note: we cannot accept book donations at this event—only bring up to two books you intend to swap.

Finished the Challenge? 

Congratulations on being an Ultimate Book Nerd! 

Please check back here later in the year for more details on how to let us know and claim your swag. 

Questions?

E-mail askalibrarian@cityofboise.org or call 208-972-8255 for more information.

UBN for Adults and Teens 2022 Challenge Categories

UBN 2022 Adults and Teens Categories (PDF)

  1. Read a book from a celebrity book club 
  2. Read a book about a revolution 
  3. Read a book that takes place under water 
  4. Read/listen a book in a different format than you usually use 
  5. Read a book involving a heist 
  6. Read a book recommended by a friend, family member, or stranger 
  7. Read a book with a red cover 
  8. Read a book with illustrations 
  9. Read a book by or about an incarcerated person 
  10. Read a book with fire in the title 
  11. Read a book with a flavor in the title 
  12. Read a graphic novel by an LGBTQIA+ author 
  13. Read a children’s book published since 2000 
  14. Read a book featuring a terminal illness 
  15. Read an alternative history 
  16. Read a book translated from Spanish 
  17. Read a feminist book 
  18. Read a nonfiction about a current event 
  19. Read a book about self-improvement 
  20. Read an origin story 
  21. Read a book in which the main character has a disability 
  22. Read a book with a nameless narrator 
  23. Read a book about life transition from a POC's point of view 
  24. Read a book about or involving a sport 
  25. Read a book in the True Crime genre 
  26. Read a book about a different belief system or way of life than your own 
  27. Read a mystery set in Asia 
  28. Read a book written by an author using a pseudonym 
  29. Read a book from Project Gutenberg 
  30. Read a book by or about a non-western leader 
  31. Read a book set in a big city 
  32. Read a book set in the future 
  33. Read a book that involves a bookstore or library 
  34. Read a book that shares a title with a song 
  35. Read a book that takes place in one day 
  36. Read a book that is a retelling of a myth 
  37. Read a book with five or more words in the title 
  38. Read a book with two or more authors 
  39. Read a book with alliteration in the title 
  40. Read a book with an animal on the cover 
  41. Read a cyberpunk or steampunk book 
  42. Read a scary book 
  43. Read a short story collection 
  44. Read a book with a STEM topic 
  45. Read a book by an author with only one published book
  46. Read a book that takes place in more than one time period 
  47. Read a book about a family saga  
  48. Read a Nordic Noir
  49. Read a book that fits none of the other categories 
  50. Read a book recommended by library staff member 

UBN for Kids 2022 Challenge Categories*

UBN 2022 Kids Categories (PDF)

  1. Read a book with a STEM topic
  2. Read a book about a character that overcomes a challenge at school 
  3. Read a book about a family that looks different than yours 
  4. Read a book about a real person 
  5. Read a book about an artist 
  6. Read a book about a life transition from a POC’s point of view 
  7. Read a book about best friends 
  8. Read a book about how something works 
  9. Read a book about or involving a sport 
  10. Read a book about siblings 
  11. Read a historical book based in the 1800s 
  12. Read a book by an author with only one published book 
  13. Read a book in which something is lost 
  14. Read a book in which the main character has a disability 
  15. Read a book involving a heist 
  16. Read a book recommended by a friend, family member, or teacher 
  17. Read a book required for school 
  18. Read a book set in a big city 
  19. Read a book set in India 
  20. Read a book set in the future 
  21. Read a book set in the jungle 
  22. Read a book with a flavor in the title   
  23. Read a book with two or more authors 
  24. Read a book that shares a title with a song 
  25. Read a book that takes place in more than one time period 
  26. Read a book that takes place in one day 
  27. Read a book that takes place under water 
  28. Read a book with a baby in it 
  29. Read a book with a color in the title 
  30. Read a book with a non-human narrator 
  31. Read a book with a rainbow on the cover 
  32. Read a book with a red cover 
  33. Read a book with a shark in it 
  34. Read a book with a strong female character 
  35. Read a book with a title that has five or more words
  36. Read a book with alliteration in the title 
  37. Read a book with an animal on the cover 
  38. Read a book with fire in the title 
  39. Read a book with illustrations 
  40. Read a book that involves a bookstore or library
  41. Read a book written before you were born 
  42. Read a fantasy   
  43. Read a graphic novel by an LGBTQIA+ author 
  44. Read a modern retelling of a fairy tale 
  45. Read a book about someone from a different country 
  46. Read a scary book 
  47. Read the first book in a series 
  48. Read/listen to a book in a different format than you usually use 
  49. Read a book that doesn’t fit any other category 
  50. Read a book recommended by library staff member 

 *Parents and caregivers are welcome to customize this challenge for their children with new or repeated categories based on age and interests. 

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