The BookSparks University Fall Reading Challenge is a way to get access to the BEST books for Fall, share your thoughts and reviews, enter our free #Shelfie giveaway, join in fun social media challenges and be part of the coolest community of book lovers around. Readers, media, bloggers and influencers are all invited to participate in this fabulous, fun reading challenge all Fall-long.

Join us for our junior year and read along with us all Fall as we grab the HOTTEST books of the season. Each week we’ll highlight a different must-read, a super fun giveaway and special Instagram challenges that will help you up your influencer game.

 IT’S EASY AS 1-2-3!

1. Pick your course schedule by taking a look at the books (our “classes”) offered below and sign up online.

2. Each week, post your blog or social media review of the book and share your participation in BookSparks University.

3. Watch for weekly giveaways on social and enter to win>> the grand prize #Shelfie giveaway, too!

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Everyone can enter to win our #Shelfie grand prize giveaway. Click here to follow us on social and enter to win a $250 Ikea gift card, a Polaroid digital camera, plus a pillow, tote and more styling accessories to help you take the ultimate #shelfies for your social media pages.

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The first 15 people to sign-up will WIN a vintage BookSparks University t-shirt!

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Love books? We’d love for you to join FRC 2016! BookSparks University and the challenge are open to all bloggers, influencers, Instagrammers, media and readers! Be the first to read and review the hottest books of Fall, and be sure to enter to win our free giveaway, too!


Be the first to share the must-read books for fall with your readers. Whether you need review or giveaway copies, content pieces or author interviews, we’ve got you covered. Reach out to Amanda and get started on your fall reading coverage.


Simply follow the steps above to get enrolled and receive exclusive graphics and assets you can use to promote your Fall reading posts. Once you select your books and register, you’ll receive a welcome email with all your next steps. We can’t wait to read along with you!


BookSparks University welcomes all book lovers to participate in the Fall Reading Challenge. You can purchase your favorite books from the list below, read them and then tag us in your posts to win prizes all Fall-long.

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Review our courses (the book for the week) and decide which you’d like to read and review. Then, sign up to participate>>

September 13, 2016 – The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

Course Title: Forensic Sciences

Department: Psychological Thrillers

Description: The author of Pretty Girls returns with an electrifying, emotionally complex thriller that plunges its fascinating protagonist into the darkest depths of a mystery that just might destroy him. Set aside a weekend for this can’t-put-it-down read.

September 20, 2016 – Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

Course Title: ‘Til Deceit Do Us Part

Department: Psychological Thrillers

Description: Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace – charming, elegant, enviable. But Jack and Grace are inseparable. She never answers the phone, meets you for coffee or leaves the house with anything. Can we ever truly know what goes on behind closed doors?

September 27, 2016 – Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale

Course Title: Funerals & Lies

Department: Suspense

Description:  A luminous debut with unexpected twists, Everything We Keepexplores the devastation of loss, the euphoria of finding love again, and the pulse-racing repercussions of discovering the truth about the ones we hold dear and the lengths they will go to protect us.

October 4, 2016 – We Are Unprepared by Meg Little Reilly

Course Title: Survival Training

Department: Climate Fiction

Description: Author Meg Little Reilly’s work as President Obama’s deputy communications director, spokesperson for the US Department of the Treasury and with the Environmental Defense Fund shines in this extremely timely, global warming-inspired debut novel. Just months after settling into their new rural home, hipster, Brooklyn couple Ash and Pia face an impending superstorm that splits their tight-knit community and exposes the cracks in their marriage.

October 11, 2016 – An Address in Amsterdam by Mary Fillmore

Course Title: Jewish Studies

Department: Historical Fiction

Description: Rachel Klein hopes she can ignore the Nazis when they roll into Amsterdam in May 1940. After working secretly for the Underground, she too is forced into hiding where she meets a man. An Address in Amsterdam shows that, even in the most hopeless situation, an ordinary young woman can make the choice to act with courage―and even love.

October 18, 2016 – London Belongs to Me by Jacquelyn Middleton

Course Title: Theatre Writing 101

Department: British Literature

Description: Broken from an unexpected betrayal, Alex Sinclair couldn’t jump on a plane to London fast enough. But when a wealthy rival fueled by ambition and jealousy threatens her career and a fledgling romance, Alex once again questions her self-worth and is left wondering if London is where she truly belongs.

October 25, 2016 – The Witch House of Persimmon Point by Suzanne Palmieri

Course Title: Southern Witchcraft 401

Department: Gothic Literature

Description: When Byrd Whalen returns to her family’s ancestral home to uncover secrets threatening to destroy a legacy she holds dear, the dark haunted histories of the Amore women reveal themselves, leading Byrd to question everything she’s ever believed about herself in Palmieri’s fourth novel.

November 1, 2016 – The Next by Stephanie Gangi

Course Title: Ghost Stories 101

Department: Paranormal Studies

Description: Is there a right way to die? If so, Joanna DeAngelis has it all wrong. As she travels beyond memory, beyond desire, she is transformed into a fierce female force of life, determined to know how to die, happily ever after.

November 8, 2016 – Unexpected Love by Kristy Kryszczak

Course Title: Sex and the City 101

Department: Women’s Fiction Studies

Description: Ready for a SJP-replay? Settle in with this debut novel about Inez, a freelance beauty writer living in NYC who’s navigating life in her thirties and the complicated romances she gets pulled into along the way.

November 15, 2016 – Found: A Novel by Emily Brett

Course Title: International Nursing

Department: Medical Adventure

Description: Twenty-seven-year-old ICU nurse Natalie Ulster has a desire to see the world. In each country, however, she finds herself confronted with near-death accidents. Too many coincidences force her to ask herself a frightening question: Is someone trying to kill her?

November 22, 2016 – In the Heart of Texas: A Novel by Ginger McKnight-Chavers

Course Title: Pop Culture Conversations

Department: Women’s Fiction Studies

Description: In the Heart of Texas is a wry, humorous commentary on the complexities of race, class, relationships, politics, popular culture, and celebrity in our current society. Jo Randolph, the “poor man’s Halle Berry,” has successfully avoided waiting tables since leaving Midland, Texas, but 24 hours of poor decisions in Hollywood send her back home to lay low and reconnect with her roots.

November 29, 2016 – Hindsight: A Novelby Mindy Tarquini

Course Title: Contemporary Fables

Department: Magical Realism

Description: In this layered, contemporary fable, Eugenia Panisporchi, a thirty-three-year-old Chaucer professor, remembers all her past lives and is desperate to change her future. She begins to connect with others like her and discovers she must confront her current shortcomings before she can break the cycle and finally live the life of her dreams.

December 6, 2016 – Size Matters by Cathryn Novak

Course Title: Food & Relationships Studies

Department: Culinary Fiction

Description: Lexie Alexander is the personal chef to John Frederick. He’s rich, intelligent, reclusive, very large, and lives to eat. But when a major medical crisis turns the household upside down it threatens the special bonds they’ve formed with each other.

December 13, 2016 – The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle

Course Title: Secrets and Lies

Department: Women’s Fiction Studies

Description: Iris and Will have been married for seven years when Will flies out of town for a business trip to Florida. When a plane bound for Seattle crashes, killing everyone on board, the manifest shows Will was one of the passengers. Iris sets off on a desperate quest for the truth, the answers she finds shock her to the core.

December 20, 2016 – Small Admissions: A Novel by Amy Poeppel

Course Title: Keeping Up Appearances

Department: Women’s Fiction Studies

Description: A young woman is unexpectedly thrust into the cutthroat world of New York City private school admissions as she attempts to understand city life, human nature, and falling in love.

December 27, 2016 – The Madwoman Upstars by Catherine Lowell

Course Title: Family Secrets

Department: Debut Novels

Description: In Catherine Lowell’s smart and original debut novel—hailed by Deborah Harkness as a “charming and memorable read”—the last remaining descendant of the Brontë family embarks on a modern-day literary scavenger hunt, using only the clues her eccentric father left behind, and the Brontës’ own novels.

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