2019 Year of Reading Dangerously

Year of Reading Dangerously challenge

Welcome to the 2019 Year of Reading Dangerously

This is a year-long opportunity to push the boundaries of your reading and explore new topics and genres. It is not a competition, just a personal challenge, but there are some incentives to share your ideas with others in our community of readers.

Register online to join and to receive updates about the challenge.

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Once you have registered, collect your free library bag* and challenge sheet from your local Willoughby library, or download your pdf format challenge sheet (*library bags available while stocks last).

We welcome you to write a review of any or all the books you read as part of the challenge.

Submit Your Review

Reviews may be displayed on our website, or in our Libraries. There will also be a monthly prize draw for reviews submitted each month.

Who can join in? The challenge is open to anyone aged 16 years and over. Missed out on the first couple of months? No problems – just join in or opt out when you like.

Read one or more books each month from the following 12 genres: 

January – Travel stories

‘Travel stories’ evokes thoughts of swaying palms, snow-capped peaks, crowded souks, exotic street foods… But before you reach for a travel guide, there is a lot more to travel-related writing than a Lonely Planet. 

There are the first person accounts of travellers and explorers which open up the world and, best of all, let you travel to far-off destinations that you may never see. Eric Newby, Paul Theroux, Bill Bryson, Bruce Chatwin, Dervla Murphy, Jan Murray, all entice you beyond the front fence.

Alternatively, try a novel set in an exotic locale that may even inspire a visit.  Many readers have booked a trip on the Orient Express after reading Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Maybe you wish that space travel is a reality after being inspired by The Martian by Andy Weir, or maybe 'The Shire' is real in your imagination after reading The Hobbit.

Find more inspiration for reading in the Library catalogue or download our suggestions sheet:

Whatever your January travel story choice - why not share the journey? Don't forget to submit a review of your read.

February – Books set in China

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with our Chinese community by reading a book set in China. You may be aware of the 'Crazy Rich Asian' series by Kevin Kwan or the books of Amy Tan but this is only the beginning.
Why not explore our non-fiction collection?

  • Chinese history (find it on shelf at 951)
  • Chinese Astrology (find it on shelf at 133.5)
  • Chinese art (find it on shelf at 709.51)
  • Chinese cooking (find it on shelf at 641.59/CHI)

Try searching the Library catalogue with the keywords China novel or Chinese biography for novels and fascinating first person accounts.

Chinese speakers will find lots of inspiration in Chatswood Library’s extensive Chinese language collection!

Find more inspiration for reading in the Library catalogue or download our suggestions sheet:

March – Book to Movie

Are you inspired to re-read a favourite book after watching its latest dramatisation?

Do you get excited when you discover that a favourite novel will be made into a movie? A movie can also create awareness or spark interest in a book that you have never read or heard of. 

The quote "Never judge a book by its movie" is clever because it acknowledges that they are two very different creatures. Some people think that books are better than movies because books can let you imagine the setting, the events happening in the story and appreciate the skill of good writing. Although books are undoubtedly more detailed than the movies, movies provide an aspect which the novels lack: visuals. It is extremely exciting to see characters come to life and to witness the creative interpretation of a book by the director and actors.  

Movies based on books can be fantastic, creative and so much better than the book - think The Godfather. Or they can be questionable - (I'm sure you can supply your own title here!)   

It is amazing to discover how many movies have their origins in books. When researching this topic it was surprising to learn that the classic Science Fiction novel by Phillip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? is better known as the Blade Runner movie.

Find more inspiration for reading in the Library catalogue or download our suggestions sheet:

April – Young Adult Fiction

What do you think when you see a book categorised as Young Adult Fiction? Is this a turn off for you or would you read the novel if you find the synopsis attractive?
It is estimated that 55% of all readers of Young Adult fiction are adults. Does this figure surprise you? 

Why do you think adults enjoy reading books aimed at the Young Adult market? Some suggest reasons such as escapism, or exploring the 'Coming of Age' theme, nostalgia for the intensity of the first time, exploring social issues, or simply because of the quality of writing. 

Classic titles that have been read by adults are S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders and Melina Marchetta’s Looking for Albrandi.

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak are interesting as these titles are classified as adult novels but the protagonist is a teenager.

Jackie French writes for both young adult and adult audiences. Some of her titles are found in both adult and young adult collections within libraries. And J.K. Rowling is unique, as she has to be the only author whose writing style matures as her original readers grew.

Find more inspiration for reading in the Library catalogue 

May – Prize Winners

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June – Sci-Fi or Fantasy

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July – Indigenous Authors

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August – Popular Science

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September – Historical Fiction

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October – Banned Books

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November – Australian Rural Fiction

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December – Food

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Need help finding books?

Discover read-alikes and expert picks in the databases below. Simply log in with your library card.

Good Reading Hub for Book Lovers  

Good Reading Hub for Book Lovers 

News, events and competitions for book lovers. Includes online access to all past issues of Good Reading Magazine. 

Good Reading magazine  

Good Reading Magazine - Digital Magazine

Read the current issue of Good Reading Magazine online. 

Novelist Plus  

NoveList Plus

Great for read-alikes and award winners from around the globe.


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