Coronado Community READ 2023

Coronado Community Read

Now in its seventh year, the Coronado Community READ is designed to unite the community through the shared reading of a single book. The program encourages discussion and participation in planned community-building events around the theme of the title, selected by you, the readers.

Here are the selections for the 2023 Coronado Community READ. Concerts, book discussions, lectures, and more coming in March 2023. Check the library calendar for a full list of events.

Adults

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission—and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish. Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it. All he knows is that he’s been asleep for a very, very long time. And he’s just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company. His crewmates dead, and his memories fuzzily returning, Ryland realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Hurtling through space on this tiny ship, it’s up to him to puzzle out an impossible scientific mystery—and conquer an extinction-level threat to our species. And with the clock ticking down and the nearest human being light-years away, he’s got to do it all alone. Or does he? 
Beyond: Discoveries From the Outer Reaches of Space by Miranda Paul, illustrated by Sija Hong

Kids

Beyond: Discoveries From the Outer Reaches of Space by Miranda Paul, illustrated by Sija Hong

Journey far beyond our solar system and explore the marvels of interstellar space. A wonder-filled poem and spectacular illustrations bring readers across the observable universe to encounter dwarf planets, black holes, brand-new stars, and other incredible phenomena. Award-winning author Miranda Paul and illustrator Sija Hong present a fresh and fascinating journey to the outer reaches of outer space.
The Jamie Drake Equation by Christopher Edge

Tweens/Teens

The Jamie Drake Equation by Christopher Edge

Nominated for the 2018 CILIP Carnegie Medal. Shortlisted for the North Somerset Teachers' Book Award, the Haringey Children's Book Award and the Bolton Children's Fiction Award. A cosmic adventure for anyone who's ever looked at the stars, from the author of The Many Worlds of Albie Bright and The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day. When your dad's lost in space and his only hope is you and a bunch of aliens, it's going to be a bumpy ride... How amazing would it be to have a dad who's an astronaut, with rocket launches, zero gravity, and flying through space like a superhero! Jamie Drake's dad is orbiting the Earth in the International Space Station and Jamie ought to think it's cool but he just really misses him... Hanging out at his local observatory, Jamie picks up a strange signal on his phone. It looks like alien life is getting closer to home. But space is a dangerous place and when his dad's mission goes wrong, can Jamie prove that he's a hero too? Cover illustration by Matt Saunders.' Told with the intelligence and heart we expect of Christopher Edge ... Edge has found the equation that solves the problem of how to write a fun, intellectually challenging novel with an emotional center. It s a big tick.' - The Times, Children's Book of the Week' Packed with astrophysics, emotion, and invention on a galactic scale, this is science fiction at its most moving and exciting.' - The Guardian' After the amazing The Many Worlds of Albie Bright, Christopher Edge would easily be forgiven for a less ambitious follow-up. Instead, he has written a novel easily as good as the one before, filled with his trademark combination of wit, pathos, and hilarity.' - BookTrust' With family drama and alien intrigue, this captures both the wonder of space and the complexity of growing up.' - The Bookseller' With solid science and believable family conflicts, this will be very satisfying to readers whose wishful thinking can suspend disbelief

Past Community READ Selections

2017

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

2018

Ready Player One

2019

The Practice House

2020

The Library Book

2021

Stamped from the Beginning

2022

Lynda Rutledge