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Six Book Challenge Round Up!

We’ve finished our Six Book Challenge in the Information Store – congratulations to those who succeeded in finishing their six books, and special congratulations to the winners of our prize draw. We very much hope you enjoy your book tokens and use them to keep on reading, even though this year’s challenge has ended.

dr seuss readingReally, though, anyone who spent any time at all reading because of the Six Book Challenge is a winner, so well done! We had an incredible response from staff and students and have had lots of diaries handed in.

Some of our staff members took part in the Six Book Challenge as well (you’ve probably seen some of our reviews on this blog) so we asked them to share their reading lists with us. Not all of these books are in the Information Store, but hopefully they can inspire you with more titles to read. Remember, the theme of this year’s Six Book Challenge was ‘Read anything. Read anywhere.’     


  1. Moloka’i by Alan Brennert
  2. The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey
  3. The Broken Bridge by Philip Pullman (QUICK READS 823.91)
  4. The Bees by Laline Paull
  5. The Longest Whale Song by Jacqueline Wilson
  6. The Petticoat Men by Barbara Ewing


I read books from the Quick Reads line. Quick Reads are short books, perfect for reading on the bus. There are lots of books by authors you might already know but have never had the time to read before. Find all of these in the Quick Reads section 823.9.

  1. Paris for One by Jojo Moyes
  2. Dead Man Talking by Roddy Doyle
  3. Pictures or it Didn’t Happen by Sophie Hannah
  4. Out of the Dark by Adèle Geras
  5. Red for Revenge by Fanny Blake
  6. Street Cat Bob by James Bowen (QUICK READS 823.9)


  1. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
  2. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
  3. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  5. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (QUICK READS 823.91)
  6. A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon


I set out to read books from the Quick Reads and Express Fiction sections of the Information Store, which are filled with short adventure books, graphic novels, poetry and joke books for all ages and levels of reading. I had lots of fun with this because it meant I read books I probably wouldn’t have tried otherwise.

  1. Poetry – Wish You Were Here (And I Wasn’t) by Colin McNaughton (QUICK READS – Poetry 823.91)
  2. Graphic Novels – Ultimate Fantastic Four Volume 1 by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Millar (QUICK READS – Graphic Novels 741.5973)
  3. Adventure Stories – The Book That Ate My Brother by Michael Dahl (QUICK READS – Adventure Stories 823.91)
  4. General Quick Reads – Airman by Eoin Colfer (QUICK READS 823.91)
  5. Doctor Who – The Monsters Inside by Stephen Cole (QUICK READS – Doctor Who 823.91).
  6. Express Fiction – The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner (EXPRESS FICTION 823.91)

Further Reading (pun intended)

SideImage-Reading-Linus-May2015If you missed this year’s Six Book Challenge or are just excited to read more, look out for more events like this in the future.

For more reading events over the summer, try the Brave New Reads program being run by the Writer’s Centre Norwich and the Norfolk Libraries Service, help set a world record with the Summer Reading Challenge or volunteer to help young readers with the Reading Agency. City Academy Norwich has had a great time at the Norfolk Children’s Book Festival: read all about it here!

Make sure to keep an eye out for the University of East Anglia’s Festival of Literature for Young People (FLY) and the return of Noirwich Crime Writing Festival, as well as countless book-related events through UEA, the Writer’s Centre and the City Council. Norwich is certainly living up to its reputation as a City of Stories!


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