Join this year's International Booker Prize Reading Challenge to explore the 2024 longlist, and connect with like-minded readers all over the world

The International Booker Prize is awarded annually to the best single work of fiction from around the world, which has been translated into English and published in the UK and/or Ireland.

The 2024 longlist, comprised of 13 books, was announced on 11 March. The shortlist of six books will be announced on 9 April, with the winning title announced at a ceremony on Tuesday 21 May 2024. And this year, we’re inviting you – our readers – to join the International Booker Prize Reading Challenge and read along with us. 

The International Booker Prize longlist books photographed in a row.

What is the International Booker Prize Reading Challenge?

As book lovers, we know you are always looking to find your next quality read. The International Booker Prize Reading Challenge is a self-guided reading challenge that encourages readers around the world to explore the 2024 longlist, share their thoughts, and connect with fellow International Booker Prize fans. 

Whether you want to read just one book or the entire longlist, we’d love you to take part. You can now download our reading charts to track and share your progress, explore the 13 books in detail with our comprehensive reading guides, extracts, and interviews with the authors and translators, and enter our Reading Challenge competition to win a £200 National Book Token over on Instagram

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How can I get involved?

The Reading Challenge kicked off with the announcement of the International Booker Prize 2024 longlist on 11 March. Joining in is easy and we’ve got lots of handy tips to aid your participation, below. Remember, you can read as many books as you like – and all at your own pace. 

Download our resources: Print off our reading chart to track your progress during the challenge, or use our social media templates to share your reading journey and thoughts online. 

Follow us for the latest updates: Keep an eye on our social channels for updates and to follow the International Booker Prize Reading challenge online. You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok. We’ll be posting regular prompts and sharing updates from readers within our community, as they take part in the challenge.

Share your progress: We’d love you to get involved using the hashtag #IBPReadingChallenge. You can share your progress as you read, whether it’s a photo of a stack of longlisted books in the order you plan on reading them, a photo of your current read or meaningful quotes that stuck out. Maybe you want to share your thoughts as you read or a review after you’ve finished each book? Or if you’re feeling ambitious, share your finished stack of books once you’ve read all the books in the longlist.

Join the Booker Prize Book Club: The Booker Prize Book Club is a place for readers everywhere to discuss Booker Prize and International Booker Prize-nominated books and authors. Here, you can connect with 17,000 book enthusiasts to discuss your favourites, and more.

Sign up for our newsletter: Join us over on Substack, where we’ll be sharing a range of content on the longlist, including extracts, so you can explore which of this year’s books you’d like to pick up; detailed reading guides to help you delve deeper into the books; and exclusive interviews with the authors themselves, so you can learn more about the inspiration behind the work. 

Resources

Download our printables below, to take part in the challenge and track your progress along the way.

The International Booker Prize Reading Challenge chart (book jackets): Download now

The International Booker Prize Reading Challenge chart (plain with reviews): Download now

Instagram story image (My reading life in gifs): Download now

Instagram story image (In a nutshell): Download now

Instagram story image (This or that): Download now

Instagram story image (Book review): Download now

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Booksellers and librarians

Digital materials for libraries: As part of the International Booker Prize 2024 Reading Challenge, we have created a range of digital materials for libraries in the UK and Ireland: Sign up here 

Digital POS for booksellers: Booksellers can now download a range of digital POS for the Reading Challenge, to encourage readers to take part: A4 poster, A2 poster

Reading Challenge Ambassadors: Our Reading Challenge Ambassadors – three independent booksellers and three librarians – who are all passionate about translated fiction, will be announced next week. Stay tuned for more!

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