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New year, new reading challenge

The prompt calendar for McftB’s monthly reading challenge.

The Bookstore of Gloucester is partnering with the Massachusetts Center for the Book for their official 2024 Reading Challenge. 

Each month has a different prompt, starting with January: “A book you read years ago that you may feel differently about now”, where participants are invited to submit a book they read that month that pertains to the prompt to be eligible for prizes.

At the end of each month of 2024, two winners will be selected from the submissions to win a free book. If you miss a month, fear not—participants may submit books after the monthly deadlines in order to be eligible for the end-of-year prize, even if they miss the monthly drawing. The end-of-year prize is awarded to two participants who have read and submitted a book every month: a tote bag full of books.

Stuck on what to read on a given month? That’s where The Bookstore of Gloucester comes in. Located at 61 Main Street, The Bookstore of Gloucester is offering personal in-store recommendations and a 10% discount for challenge-related book purchases. Shoppers can use the code GILLNETTER to redeem the offer.

“We had seen other indie bookstores participate with the Massachusetts Center for the Book 2023 Reading Challenge—that put it on our radar,” Nicole Dahlmer, long-time employee of The Bookstore of Gloucester, said. “This year, we decided to partner because we like MCftB’s goal of expanding access to book and literacy in Massachusetts, and it’s a fun and easy-to-implement challenge for our patrons. The challenge prompts are loose enough that lots of different readers can participate, and it allows us to recommend a variety of authors and books to our audience.”

All are welcome to participate in the challenge, even those who do not live in Massachusetts. Participants can submit their books here, and will be able to keep track of their submissions throughout the year via the website. Fill out your contact info, the info of the book, an optional photo, and any comments you have about the book.

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