In 2020, OPL invites patrons to take part in the reading challenge! For each challenge, OPL offers suggestions for titles to read or listen to. As you’re working through the challenge, feel free to tag @omahalibrary on Twitter, opens a new window, Instagram, opens a new window or Facebook, opens a new window to let us know which read you picked up this month!
‘Tis the season to hole up and binge on shows and films, but this year, OPL challenges you to read a book that’s been made into a movie or TV show.
With so many adaptations for both the big and small screen, you are bound to find something that appeals to you! Are you someone who loves to chat in the breakroom about popular, buzz-worthy films and programs? Then why not appear even more in the know and read one of these recently adapted books:
- “The Outsider, opens a new window” by Stephen King (HBO series, 2020)
- “Just Mercy, opens a new window” by Bryan Stevenson (film, 2019)
- “Motherless Brooklyn, opens a new window” by Jonathan Lethem (film, 2019)
Or maybe you prefer to look back and choose a beloved classic like:
- “Little Women, opens a new window” by Louisa May Alcott (film, 2019-most recent)
- “Roots, opens a new window” by Alex Haley (ABC series, 1977)
- “War and Peace, opens a new window” by Leo Tolstoy (BBC series, 2016)
- “The Godfather, opens a new window” by Mario Puzo (film, 1972)
Of course, there’s nothing like immersing yourself into other worlds whether they be dystopian, sci-fi/fantasy, or at a different time in history. If you’re looking for this kind of escape, you can’t miss reading:
- “Good Morning, Midnight, opens a new window” by Lily Brooks-Dalton (film, 2020)
- “The Handmaid’s Tale, opens a new window” by Margaret Atwood (Hulu series, 2017)
- “Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, opens a new window” by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett (Amazon Prime series, 2019)
- “The Magicians, opens a new window” by Lev Grossman (SYFY series, 2015-present)
- “Native Son, opens a new window” by Richard Wright (1930s, HBO film, 2019)
- “My Brilliant Friend, opens a new window” by Elena Ferrante (HBO series, 2018)
For those who enjoy realistic settings and nonfiction, there are plenty of great options for you, too:
- “The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South, opens a new window” by Osha Gray Davidson (film, 2019)
- “The Cruelest Miles: The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race Against an Epidemic, opens a new window” by Gay Salisbury and Laney Salisbury (film-Togo, 2019)
- “Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team and a Dream, opens a new window” by H.G. Bissinger (TV series, 2006-2011)
- “The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl’s Dream of Becoming A Grandmaster, opens a new window” by Tim Crothers (film, 2016)
- “Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime, opens a new window” by Ron Stallworth (film, 2018)
If romance is your thing, perhaps you could pick up:
- “To All the Boys I've Loved Before, opens a new window” by Jenny Han (Netflix film, 2018)
- “Crazy Rich Asians, opens a new window” by Kevin Kwan (film, 2018)
- “Like Water For Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments, with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies, opens a new window” by Laura Esquivel (film, 1992)
- “Outlander, opens a new window” by Diana Gabaldon (Starz series, 2014-present)
- “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, opens a new window” by Becky Albertalli (film: Love, Simon, 2018)
Or if you love the sudden rush that comes with reading thrillers, you simply must read:
- “The Woman In the Window, opens a new window” by A.J. Finn (film, May 2020)
- “Sharp Objects, opens a new window” by Gillian Flynn (HBO series, 2018)
- “Codename Villanelle, opens a new window” by Luke Jennings (BBC series: Killing Eve, 2018)
- “We Have Always Lived In the Castle, opens a new window” by Shirley Jackson (film, 2019)
- “The Silence of the Lambs, opens a new window” by Thomas Harris (film, 1991)
- “You, opens a new window” by Caroline Kepnes (Lifetime series, 2018)
Please remember that if you are not someone who thinks they have time to sit down and read an entire book, OPL has audiobook options, opens a new window for those who spend any time commuting in their car, cleaning their house, exercising, or walking their dog. And no, audiobooks are not cheating! In fact, you may have seen that we have a reading challenge this year devoted to listening to an audiobook, opens a new window.
If you’re still looking for ideas, take a look at this list, opens a new window that includes these suggestions and more titles, or feel free to stop by your local branch for suggestions or request a custom reading list, opens a new window for more options.
Starting April 1, 2020, once you complete the 2020 Reading Challenge, enter your reading log online or turn in your completed tracking sheet at your nearest OPL branch and pick up your button prize for completion. All submissions will be entered into a drawing for some fun literary-themed merchandise! All completed tracking sheets or online challenge form entries must be received by December 31, 2020, to be entered into the prize drawing.