Are you brave enough to take on the challenge? The Ultimate Book Nerd Challenge runs January 3rd through December 18, 2021.


Read one book per category for a total of 50 books by December 18th, track them in your log, and achieve the rank of Ultimate Book Nerd!  

Details, category list and paper log: Download here!

How does the challenge work?

  • There are 60 categories, each participant must read 1 book in each of 50 categories to win (the same book cannot be used for multiple categories).

  • Books read must be Middle Grade reading level (grade 4-8) or higher to count toward the challenge.

  • All books must be recorded by Saturday, December 18, 2021. Paper logs must be submitted by 5 p.m. and digital logs must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on December 18.

  • Physical books, e-books, and audiobooks count toward the challenge.

  • Books must be started and completed within the contest time period.

  • Sign-ups must be before July 3, 2021 to participate.

I’ve read a book, what now?

Whether using the digital or paper log, you’re going to record the following information in the category of your choosing:

  • Title and Author of book read

  • Date Started

  • Date Completed​

Then, pick a new category and start a different book!

Not sure what to read? Get inspired by the 317 books completed in last year's challenge: 2020 Ultimate Book Nerd Reading List.

Have kids under 13 who would like to participate in a reading challenge? Check out our Ultimate Book Nerd Kids' Edition: