2019 Omaha Public Library Reading Challenge By The Numbers

Thank you to everyone who took on OPL's 2019 Reading Challenge! We appreciate that you went on this reading journey and that more than 170 participants completed the challenge! Prize winners have been notified for 2019. Find information for the 2020 Reading Challenge for another chance to win this year! 

Overall, 173 people submitted entries and read 2,076 books across 12 challenges.

Top 15 titles read across all categories: 

Becoming by Michelle Obama
This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of An American Family Farm by Ted Genoways
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell
There There by Tommy Orange
The Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
Zoo Nebraska: The Dismantling of an American Dream by Carson Vaughan
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Top 15 authors read across all categories: 

Rainbow Rowell
Angie Thomas
Michelle Obama
Ted Genoways
Delia Owens
Willa Cather
Heather Morris
Agatha Christie
Tommy Orange
Carson Vaughan
Lydia Kang
Tara Westover
Tomi Adeyemi
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Jane Austen 

Top titles read in each category: 

Read an author’s debut novel:
There There by Tommy Orange
The Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Stuart Little by E.B. White
The Other Side of Everything by Lauren Doyle Owens
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Read a book in one sitting:
In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It by Lauren Graham
Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
Elevation by Stephen King
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Read a book by a Nebraska author:
This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of An American Family Farm by Ted Genoways
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Zoo Nebraska: The Dismantling of an American Dream by Carson Vaughan
The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang

Read a book from OPL’s 2018 Top Shelf:
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara
The Perfect Couple by Elin HIlderbrand

Read a book by an author of color:
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Becoming by Michelle Obama
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
An American Marriageby Tayari Jones

Read a book set in a different country than your own:
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Read a comic book or graphic novel:
Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell
Blankets by Craig Thompson
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui

Read a collection of short stories or essays:
D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths by Ingri D’Aulaire
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
A Good Man is Hard to Findby Flanner O’Connor

Read a book published in 2019:
An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Panda Problem by Deborah Underwood
Again, But Better by Christina Riccio
Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro
Zoo Nebraska: The Dismantling of an American Dream by Carson Vaughan

Read a book related to your ancestry:
The Memory Coat by Elvira Woodruff
This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of An American Family Farm by Ted Genoways
The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA by Richard Hill
Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe

Read a classic that’s new to you:
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
LIttle Women by Louisa May Alcott
Persuasion by Jane Austen

Read a memoir or biography:
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
A Boy, A Mouse, and a Spider: The Story of E.B. White by Barbara Herkert
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
Riding Elephants: A Memoir of Altercations, Humiliations, Hallucinations, and Observations by Craig Ferguson

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