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52 Book Pickup - 2018!


We challenge you to read 52 books...in One Year.

Welcome to round four of the 52 Book Pickup!  We're challenging all bibliophiles this year to read 52 books - that's one book a week.  Think you are up to the challenge?

"I'm up for it. Now what do I do?" Sign up here

Also, join us on Goodreads! Here, you can participate with our goodreads group  and take our monthly challenges, talk about your reads on our weekly threads, answer book trivia questions, and keep up-to-date with the latest announcements.  

Rules, instructions and FAQs can be found the tabs below.

We're so excited to have you along for this amazing challenge.  Happy reading!

52 Book Pick Up


  1. You must be 18 or older to participate. Sign up here
  2. In order for a book to count, it should be of appropriate level for the reader. Please use your best judgment for what you believe should count toward your goal. Remember, this is meant to be a CHALLENGE.
  3. ONLY books read between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018 will count.
  4. Book logs must be completed by January 1, 2019
  5. All prizes must be picked up by January 31, 2019.
  6. Library staff members and their family members are not eligible for the grand prize drawing.


  1. Sign up here
  2. Start reading and keep track of your titles.
  3. Track your progress through your online book log. If you do not have computer or internet access, there are stations set up at your local branch library where you can log your titles. Write down your Username and Password so you don’t forget them!
  4. Anyone who completes the challenge by reading 52 books within the year will receive a small prize. Pick up your prize starting in December 2018.
  5. Stay tuned in January 2019 for the announcement of our grand prize winner. The winner will be randomly selected from all participants who complete the challenge. Library staff members are not eligible for the grand prize.
  6. Join our group on goodreads.com to find discussions, encouragement and more!



What is it?

The 52 Book Pickup challenges participants to read one book a week for a whole year. In other words, you are challenged to read 52 books over the course of a year, starting January 1, 2018 and ending on December 31, 2018.
How do I participate?
What if I participated in the 2017 52 Book Pickup? Do I have to sign up again?
Yes, you will need to sign up again.  Please see answer above regarding the website.
I am trying to sign in using the username and password I created for the summer reading program. Why can't I log in?
This program is independent of the summer reading program so you will need to create another account to participate. You can try to create the same username, but you will need to fill out the entire registration form on the website.
Why is this program for adults only?
The Chesapeake Public Library aims to offer programs and events for every age group. We decided that this program was better suited to adults since reading 52 books in a year will prove to be a challenge for many participants. In addition, we have a number of programs for children and teens during the school year so we wanted to offer something unique to adults.
What if I don’t have a computer or internet access?
We will have stations set up at each of the library branches where you can log your titles. If you need assistance, just ask one of our library staff members.
What if I don’t finish the challenge?
No problem! At least you tried. We will track your progress until the end of the year, and if you don’t make it, you can always try again next year.
What’s in it for me?
We hope you get a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment from participating in this challenge. It’s not easy to do. There will be a small prize given to all participants who complete the challenge. There will be a drawing for one grand prize at the end of the program.
I don’t know what to read next.
Join our goodreads group for suggestions, discussions and encouragement throughout the year.
What if I don’t start right away in January?
You can start your participation at any point during the year up until November 30, 2018. However, you will still need to complete the entire challenge of reading 52 books.
What if I move away during the year?
You can still participate for the remainder of the year by logging your titles on our program web site. You will need to be physically present to pick up the participant reward for completing the challenge. If you are chosen as a grand prize winner, we will ship the prize to you.
What if my question wasn't answered here?
Please contact your local branch library.
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