One Read 2019 Finalists Announced April 15

Vote!The reading panel has completed its work, considering the more than 160 titles nominated for One Read 2019. Here is the timeline for voting on the finalists and the announcement of the winning book.

Monday, April 15 at 7:20 a.m. we’ll be on 1400 KFRU with David Lile to announce the two finalist titles.

April 15 through May 3 you can cast your vote right here at, at any DBRL facility or bookmobile and, in Columbia, at Barnes & Noble.

The winning book will be announced Wednesday, May 29. Thank you for your ongoing support of One Read!

Suggested One Read: Dark Matter

Dark Matter book coverThis is the last installment of the suggested One Read titles. The reading panel will soon be put work contemplating the more than 100 titles that were suggested through the month of November. You can click here to find the other titles that have been highlighted this month. You can also find previous One Read titles here.

Dark Matter” by Blake Crouch is about a physics professor living in Chicago with his wife and son. He’s kidnapped at gun point one night and taken to an industrial warehouse where he’s knocked unconscious. When he wakes up he’s strapped to a gurney and the people around him are in hazmat suits. He manages to escape but although everything is familiar nothing is right. The nominator said, “Everyone needs an escape from the pre-dystopian nightmare that is our current society, and this is a good one.” It’s a truly edge of your seat mystery, sci-fi, psycho-thriller with a bit of romance thrown in.

Suggested One Read: Fly Girls

Fly Girls book coverThis is one of the last suggested titles we are highlighting for One Read 2019. In January the reading panel will start narrowing down the list.

Between the world wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing. The pilots themselves were hailed as dashing heroes who cheerfully stared death in the face. Well, the men were hailed. Female pilots were more ridiculed. “Fly Girls” by Keith O’Brien recounts how a cadre of women banded together to break the original glass ceiling: the entrenched prejudice that conspired to keep them out of the sky. The person who nominated this book stated, “it’s important for people to learn and appreciate the courageous people in the past who overcome huge obstacles that have made the world better for us today. This book does that.”

Check back on Thursday for the last suggested One Read title we will be highlighting.