The Reading Without Walls Challenge

Posted on: 3rd Apr 2017  /   Categorized: Book Love

If you haven’t heard the news yet, there is a fun new reading challenge kicking off this month, with the phenomenal Gene Luen Yang (one of my personal author/illustrator idols) leading the charge.


The Reading Without Walls Challenge


Everything you need to know about the challenge can be found here:

Essentially, the challenge is to read something that stretches your mind just a little beyond your comfort zone. You can pick to read something that fits into one of three categories – or perhaps read three somethings that fit into each one.

Once you’ve finished, post about it to your favorite social media using the #ReadingWithoutWalls hashtag.

I’m excited to do this challenge, and hope lots of people are going to join in!


My three picks for the challenge:

1. Read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you or live like you.

I’ll be reading: WONDER by R.J. Palacio (about a boy with a facial deformity).


2. Read a book about a topic you don’t know much about.

I’ll be reading: THE SECRET SOCIETIES HANDBOOK by Michael Bradley (a topic that has long fascinated me, but never been explored).


3. Read a book in a format that you don’t normally read for fun.

I’ll be reading: CRUSHING IT by Joanne Levy (as I very rarely read middle grade).


Are you taking the #ReadingWithoutWalls Challenge? Let me know your book picks in the comments!


  1. Soren commented on:

    I really want to do the challenge but I don’t think I could find the books xD

  2. Zaara Syed commented on:

    The challenge is open worldwide, right? If so, I’ll be doing it!!!!

  3. Zaara Syed commented on:

    I live in Toronto, Ontario. There are many libraries”Toronto Public Libraries” in Toronto, and on the Reading without walls challenge website, for the events, it doesn’t say which library. Do you know which branch it is?

  4. S commented on:

    This sounds like an amazing challenge! I’ve been spending the whole day trying to decide what books to read. Here’s my list:

    #1: Counting By 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan
    #2: The Complete Book of Grimm’s Fairy Tales – even though I’ve been reading so many fairy tale retellings lately, I just realized how little I actually knew about the original stories!
    #3: Inside Out & Back Again – about a girl during the Vietnam War told in verse.

  5. snapetrulyloves commented on:

    Okay, so here are my there…

    1) Humans, Bow Down by James Patterson…I’ve never been a fan of his books, but I thought I’d try that one.
    2) Keeping The Moon by Sarah Dessin…I usually don’t read realistic fiction (I’m a fantasy geek).
    3) Off The Page (sequel to Between the Lines) by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer…I loved the first book so much, I thought it would ruin me if I read the second and didn’t like it. So far, it’s been excellent!

    – thegeek

  6. commented on:

    I think this is a really cool reading challenge to take part in!

    1.) The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston…this book is about a girl and her family who are in the Witness Protection Program and they have to keep changing their appearances and living conditions to protect themselves before coming out as a key witness in a murder trial.

    2.) Ireland’s Best Trips by the Lonely Planet Co…I am going to Ireland for my honeymoon at the end of this year and I am sadly very ignorant on the history and landmarks of this beautiful country.

    3.) Dinner Chez Moi by Elizabeth Bard…this is a memoir/cookbook set in France and I have just recently become interested in reading material that teaches healthy, simple cooking techniques (I never thought I would read a cookbook for fun!)

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