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Stags Read: Book Recommendations

This guide provides book recommendations with links to books from the Library's catalog and to other external websites.

Join the Challenge!

How it works

What is the Winter Reading Challenge?

The purpose of this Challenge is for Fairfield University students, staff, and faculty to find reading motivation, try out new genres, and choose titles from a wider range of voices and perspectives. It starts Dec.13th 2022 and runs until Feb. 28th 2023. Sign-up anytime before Feb. 8th.

How does it work?

There are 10 optional reading categories. For the most part, you get to choose whatever text you want that corresponds to each category. You can read in just one category, a few, or all ten! Challengers will be give access to a Quip document to log their titles (and optional feedback) and view and comment on other Challenger's reading choices.

How do I sign-up?

All you need to do to sign-up is email Lisa Thornell, Head of Library Outreach & Communications, at to say you are interested. Then you will be given access to the WRC Quip portal. If you are not familiar with using Quip, or would like a refresher, let Lisa know so she can give you a brief overview. You can sign-up anytime before Feb. 8th!

What do I get for taking on the Challenge?

For every book you log by Feb. 28th you will get one entry into a raffle to win prizes. To participate you do not need to read books in all 10 categories- however if you do you automatically get a prize. Prizes are sponsored by the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, Health & Wellness committee, and the Fairfield University Bookstore.

How do I find books to read for each of the categories?

Refer to the section below! You can borrow books from us with your StagCard (or request books through Interlibrary Loan). Don't forget about your local public library too. Or if you prefer to buy your books, consider purchasing from the Fairfield University Bookstore or your local bookseller.


Last Year's Challenge

Curious about the past Winter Reading Challenges? See our past blog posts.

WRC 2020-2021

WRC 2021-2022