The 2018 Coronado Community Read Finalists

The Coronado Public Library and the Cultural Arts Commission proudly announce the book selected for the 2018 Coronado Community Read, Ernest Cline’s “Ready Player One.” Ready Player One refers to the glowing phrase that greeted players of 1980s-era arcade video games. The book is a sci-fi novel filled with ‘80s nostalgia that has become a cult favorite and bestseller with broad appeal. Set in a dystopian future where people spend most of their time in a virtual reality online world, the story follows high-schooler Wade Watts and his online friends on their hunt to solve the biggest game ever and win the ultimate prize: ownership and control of the online world and its founder’s fortune. An adventure tale featuring an underdog protagonist who takes on a heroic quest, opposed by powerful, greedy bad guys, “Ready Player One” is filled with enough action, video gaming and futuristic technology to enthrall readers under 30, and frosted with pop culture references that will leave older readers reminiscing over the music, films, video games and movies of their youth. The movie version, directed by Steven Spielberg, is set for release in March 2018. The Coronado community chose the 2018 Coronado Community Read by voting for one of six titles, selected from among 42 nominations. The Library program is aimed at bringing the entire community together through the shared reading and discussion of one book. Join the City in February and March for community book discussions, film screenings that explore the background of the novel, a Coronado Roundtable program on emerging technologies, an exploration of the history and relevance of the science fiction genre and its impact on society, and a musical celebration of the 1980s. Those interested in hosting a book discussion or participating in the events are encouraged to contact Kelly Purvis at or Franklin Escobedo at

Finalists Selection

The Coronado Public Library and the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission announces the second annual Coronado Community Read, a program that aims to bring the entire community together with the shared read of one book. The book selected for the first Coronado Community Read was “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. This non-fiction work which took more than a decade to research and write, instantly hit the New York Times bestseller list when it was published in February 2010 and remained there for more than four years.

The Coronado Community Read program strives to bring the community closer together with the reading of one book and a variety of discussions and programs centered around the themes of the novel.   

In January and February of 2017, the Coronado Public Library and Coronado Cultural Arts Commission hosted a number of book discussions and programs throughout the community based on Skloot's book.  At the conclusion of those eventsthe Community Read Committee solicited recommendations from the public for the 2018 Coronado Community Read.

Forty-two titles were nominated for the 2018 program and a subcommittee of reading volunteers narrowed the list of nominees down to six titles. Now it is time for the community to choose the 2018 Coronado Community Read book. Cast your vote for one of these six books by August 31. The willing title will be announced in September, and the next Read will take place in February 2018

Learn more about the books below by opening the nomination pdf here and vote here.

The Coronado Community Read program is made possible through a grant from the Friends of the Coronado Public Library, as well as support from the Coronado Public Library and the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission.  If you are interested in hosting a book discussion, donating to the program or participating in the events please contact the City of Coronado’s Contract Art Administrator Kelly Purvis at or 522-2633 or Coronado Public Library Principal Librarian Franklin Escobedo at

Ready Player One The House at Sugar Beach
Barbarian Days And the Mountains Echoed
The Book of Joy The Wright Brothers