Scribd’s September reading challenge

Scribd’s September reading challenge

In Community, Reading Challenges by Ashley McDonnell

Scribd’s September reading challenge

September is a strange, liminal month: Summer turns to fall, and everything gets more serious. At the same time, everyone’s gearing up for end-of-year holiday cheer (could be a bit early, even if we’re excited about Halloween). As our team members have endured everything from the wildfires in California to historic flooding caused by Hurricane Ida on the East Coast (to say nothing of the ongoing global pandemic), we’ve found ourselves looking for explanations and solutions. Many of this month’s reading challenge prompts encourage tackling today’s biggest problems head-on.

If you’re up for the challenge, here’s how Feed Your Mind works:

Each month, we create five prompts to follow; you can challenge yourself to complete one, all five, or any number in between. These prompts are designed to motivate you to:

  • Read more
  • Explore new content types
  • Help you find works that are outside of your usual go-to genres

The challenges are a mix of timely prompts and random, fun ideas.

Here are September’s prompts:

Read diversely: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15 to October 15, the US celebrates its Hispanic communities and cultures. Why September 15 and not September 1? The 15th is when Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua celebrate their independence over Spain. Reading books by Hispanic authors is one of the best ways to join in the festivities.

Suggested reading lists:

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Moving YA Reads for Hispanic Heritage Month

Rethink work

The coronavirus pandemic has revolutionized how we work. But this is only the beginning of the rapid changes. Prepare for the innovations to come by reading about the future of work and learning new business skills.

Suggested reading lists:

Reimagining Work and Compensation

Polish Your Time-Management Skills in an Hour or Less

Look back at the 20 years since September 11, 2001

This year marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and the end of the US occupation of Afghanistan. Much has changed in the decades since the attacks made The War on Terror top of mind for many Americans. Get a clearer view of how the plane hijackings immediately altered the trajectory of the 21st century.

Suggested reading lists:

Remembering 9/11 Through Fact and Fiction

Essential Reads to Understand the Afghan Crisis

The Best Books Set in NYC

Understand the current climate crisis

We’ve been pushing climate change books a lot throughout the year’s challenge because it remains frighteningly relevant. Wildfires threaten Lake Tahoe and a hurricane caused historic flooding all the way up in New York after initially making landfall in Louisiana. Learn how we can still prevent the true climate apocalypse.

Suggested reading lists:

The Best Books About Climate Change

Considering Climate Change in Fact and Fiction

Read a banned book

Banning books might seem like an antiquated practice, but plenty of parents and patrons try to get certain titles removed from school curriculum and libraries every year. While we support censorship when it comes to, say, slowing the spread of false vaccine information, we’re not big on banning books because they feature LGBTQ+ characters. This year, Banned Books Week is September 26 - October 2, so be sure to pick up a controversial title in celebration.

Suggested reading list:

Banned Books Week: Celebrating Marginalized Voices


About the Author: Ashley McDonnell

Ashley is a Senior Editorial Associate at Scribd who loves Ernest Hemingway, “The Hunger Games,” and ice hockey. When she’s not reading or at the rink, she’s making nerdy podcasts about anime and manga.

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