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Bad Book Challenge: How to Bring Your Own "Bad" Book

Greetings, Challengers.  Greg here, your official Bad Book Challenge Librarian.

How's Beanstack been treating you this week?  If you're getting bored of the Bad Book Challenge titles we've selected, or if you love them so much you've been through most or all of them already, I wanted to remind you that you can skip ahead to badge number 10 at any time.  That, of course, is the Bring Your Own Bad Book badge, quite possible the baddest badge of them all.

It's pretty self-explanatory: pick any book you like, read it, and claim your badge.  Like everything in Beanstack, it's that easy.  Or is it?  Let me take this opportunity to clear up a few questions you may have:

Q. What does bad even mean?

A. According to Merriam-Webster, bad is an adjective that means "failing to reach an acceptable standard" and/or "morally objectionable" and/or "inadequate or unsuited to a purpose" and/or it can be slang for something or someone that is "GOOD, GREAT" or "TOUGH, MEAN".  So, a few different things, some completely opposite to the others.

Q. Yes, but which definition of bad are we using in the NFPL Bad Book Challenge?

A. Any and all of the above.

Q. How bad does the bad book I bring have to be?

A. Pretty bad, I would think, but it's really up to you. 

Q. What if I'm having trouble finding a bad book to bring?

A. This one I can be a bit more helpful with.  If you're looking for something to read, there are a few ways you can do it:

  1. Browse.
  2. Ask Us.  
    • If you're looking for reading recommendations, reach out to us at 905-356-8080 or and we'll put you in touch with someone who can help.

As you can see, there are more ways than one to find something bad to read.  So what are you waiting for?

Questions?  Comments?  Reach me at

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