VAN WERT – The sixth year of the Read One Program wrapped up at the end of October and the totals are in.

This year, the Read One Program had the most books submitted in its six-year history with a total of 2,431 titles submitted.

“This year, I reached out to teachers and administration at area schools, and I am very pleased with the response I got from them,” said Times Bulletin Editor Kirsten Barnhart. “It’s great to see each school participate and encourage literacy. I’m also very thankful of the partnership with the Brumback Library, which also helps drive those totals up.”

This year, a big player in the Read One totals was Crestview Elementary who contributed 1,980 titles to the total books read in October.

Other big contributors to this year’s Read One Program was Nancy Brown’s Creative Writing Class at Van Wert High School, Trinda Keber’s Book Club students at Van Wert Middle School, Sandra Dowdy’s seventh grade class at Lincolnview Local Schools, Natoshia Wilhelm’s English class at Van Wert High School, and those who submitted titles via the Brumback Library, through email, and through drop offs at The Times Bulletin building.

This year the most popular authors were Stephen King and James Patterson. The most popular titles were the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” books, the “Lord of the Rings” books, and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.”

The Times Bulletin began the Read One Program in Van Wert in 2011 as a way of promoting October as National Book Month and to encourage literacy in the area.

The Brumback Library helps locally by publishing lists of the top read books in several categories before October begins, as well as allowing readers to register their titles at the main branch.

In 2011, area residents turned in a total of 49 book titles read during the event. That number jumped to 114 in 2012 and 130 separate titles in 2013. In 2014 those numbers leaped to 652 total books and 516 various titles. In 2015 the Read One Program topped those totals with 702 books read of 546 different titles. Then in 2016 those totals dropped with 121 books read.

This year, as stated above, 2,431 titles were submitted.

Following is the list of some of the different titles submitted in the 2017 Read One Program:

Numbers: Infinity by Rachel Ward

H2O by Virginia Bergin

The X-Files by Jonathan Mayberry

Chronicles of Latimer Todd by Zac Brewer

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

The Storm by Virginia Bergin

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

The Mark of the Tala by Jeffe Kennedy

The Storm Siren by by Mary Weber

Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

The Shack by William Young

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

The Power of Love by James Van Praagh

Kissed by an Angel by Mary Claire Helldorfer

Born to Rock by Gordon Korman

If You’re Reading This by Trent Reedy

Ostrich Boys. by Keith Gray

Dolphin Tale 2: A Junior Novel by Gabrielle Reyes

Kingdom Keepers III: Disney in Shadow by Ridley Pearson

This Side of Wild by Gary Paulsen

Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen

Famous Last Words by Katie Alender

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Carrie by Stephen King

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King

Finders Keepers by Stephen King

Pluto: A Wonder Story by Pluto: A Wonder Story

Shingaling : A Wonder Story by Raquel J. Palacio

The Julian Chapter: A Wonder Story by Raquel J. Palacio

Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Firestarter by Stephen King

The 100 by Kass Morgan

Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy

Keeping The Moon by Sarah Dessen

I Survived: The Shark Attacks Of 1916 by Lauren Tarshis

Ugly by Hoge Robert

The Story Of My Life by Hellen Keller

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Middle School: How I survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts

The Elite by Kiera Cass

I Survived: The Nazi Invasion, 1944

Cujo by Stephen King

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down by Jeff Kinney

Why I Fight by J. Adams Oaks

Darkness Before Dawn by Sharon Draper

Forged By Fire by Sharon Draper

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer

Stunt Performers: Life Before The Camera by Cherie Turner

Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Meet Julie: An American Girl by Megan McDonald

The Anybodies by Julianna Baggott

White Water Kayaking

BMX Events by Brian D. Fiske

A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck

I Beat the Odds by Michael Oher

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and Rodrigo Corral

It by Stephen King

Grace by Natashia Deón

The Killer’s Tears by Anne-Laure Bondoux

A Shiloh Christmas by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Die Softly by Christopher Pike

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

The Shining by Stephen King

If the Witness Lied by Caroline B. Cooney

Legend of the Ghost Dog by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Long Haul by Finn Murphy

Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

Old School by Tobias Wolff

The One by Kiera Cass

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff

Judy Moody & Stink by Megan McDonald

Who Would Win?

Hanging on to Max by Margaret Bechard


The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Heat by Mike Lupica

Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac

Tangerine by Edward Bloor

Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

Copper Sun by Sharon Draper

The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven by Kevin Malarkey and Alex Malarkey

Mandie and the Mysterious Fisherman by Lois Gladys Leppard

Paperboy by Vince Vawter

The Kill Order by James Dashner

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

I Even Funnier by James Patterson

The House on the Hill by Edwin Arlington Robinson

A Load of Danger by Margaret Scariano

Tracker by Gary Paulsen

As Simple as it Seems by Sarah Weeks

Soar by Joan Bauer

Middle School: Get Me Out of Here! by James Patterson

World War II in Europe

Wandmaker by Ed Masessa

A Child Called “It” by Dave Pelzer

The Hideout by Peg Kehret

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Middle School: Save Rafe! by James Patterson

Tales from a Not-So-Popular Party Girl by Rachel Renee Russell

Look to the Light! by Janet Lorimer

The Go-Around Dollar by Barbara Adams

The Paradise Garden by Colin Thompson

Love, Ruby Valentine by Laurie B. Friedman

The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush by Tomie dePaola

The School is Alive! by Max Brallier

School Freezes Over! by Max Brallier

Brian’s Hunt by Gary Paulsen

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Cut by Patricia McCormick

Bound by Donna Jo Napoli

You Don’t Know Me by David Klass

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

Tiger Lily Code by Janet Lorimer

Valentine Princess by Meg Cabot

I Survived: The Battle of Gettysburg, 1863 by Lauren Tarshis

The Locker Ate Lucy! by Max Brallier

Countdown to Terror by Curt Weldon

Wonder by Raquel J. Palacio

The Misadventures of Max Crumbly: Middle School Mayhem by Rachel Renee Russell

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

Booksellers Daughter by Pam Rosenthal

Imagine Heaven by John Dunne

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

Where Willows Grow by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Amazing Encounters with God by Clayton King

Fire by Bill Bright and Jack Cavanaugh

Little, Big by John Crowley

Sex, Lies and Serious Money by Stuart Woods

Coal River by Ellen Marie Wiseman

Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton

Death of a Chocoholic by Lee Hollis

Death of a Pumpkin Carver by Lee Hollis

Captive Innocence by Fern Michaels

Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton

Haunted by James Patterson

Born with Teeth by Kate Mulgrew

Killing England by Bill O’Reilly

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck

The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck

Tail Gait by Rita Mae Brown

The Cafe by the Sea by Jenny Colgan

The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

The Mercer Girls by Libbie Hawker

Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo

Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer

As the Crow Flies by Jeffrey Archer

The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer

Mightier than the Sword by Jeffrey Archer

Be Careful What you Wish For by Jeffrey Archer

The Girl with the Lower back Tattoo by Amy Shumer

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

Match Made by Erynn Mangum

The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis

Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall

Wish List by Fern Michaels

Ladies’ Night by Mary Kay Andrews

Last of the Breed by Louis L’Amour

The Bold Frontier by John Jakes

Sunday Kind of Love by Dorothy Garlock

Seeds of Hope by Jane Goodall

Below the Belt by Stuart Woods

Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas

Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas

Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas

Secrets in Death by J.D. Robb

Still missing by Chevy Stevens

Hymns for Children Vol. 1 and 2 by Joni Eareckson Tada

The Wedding Pearls by Carolyn Brown

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Lowes

Sing for your Life by Daniel Bergner

The Way Back Home by Barbara Freethy

Mystic River by Dennis Lehane

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

The American Spirit by David McCullough

Classified as Murder by Miranda James

Don’t Let Go! by Harlen Coben

Bait by Karen Robards

Along Came a Spider by James Patterson

Kiss the Girls by James Patterson

Jack and Jill by James Patterson

Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles

High Stakes by Fern Michaels

Crash and Burn by Fern Michaels

The Jealous Kind by James Lee Burke

Murder Past Due by Miranda James

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

The Road Home by Susan Crandall

The Way Back Home by Barbara Freethy

The Beekeeper’s Ball by Susan Wiggs

Chesapeake Blue by Nora Roberts

Murder on Waverly Place by Victoria Thompson

Family Tree by Barbara Delinsky

Flights of Passage by Samuel Hynes

Entangled by Barbara Ellen Brink

For The Love of Livvy by J M Griffin

Beyond Recall by Robert Goddard

The Gray and Guilty Sea by Scott William Carter, writing as Jack Nolte

Silver Anniversary Murder by Lee Harris

Black Widow by Randy Wayne White

Bone Deep by Randy Wayne White

Chasing Midnight by Randy Wayne White

Cuba Straits by Randy Wayne White

Family Tree by Susan Wiggs

The Goodbye Quilt by Susan Wiggs

The Firebrand by Susan Wiggs

The Hostage by Susan Wiggs

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Peony by Pearl S. Buck

A House Divided by Pearl S. Buck

The Three Daughters of Madame Liang by Pearl S. Buck

Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell

Amish Books by Carrie Bender

The Christmas Thief by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark

The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan

Angel Doll by Jerry Bedsoe

Heaven in High Gear by Joan Brady

Farmers Market by Wanda Brunstetter

The Ladies Room by Carolyn Brown

Indiana Cousins Series by Wanda Brunstetter

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

Diamonds in the Shadows by Caroline B. Cooney

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

House Rules by Jodi Picoult

The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict by Trenton Lee Stewart

Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz

The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusac

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

The 39 Clues by Roland Smith

Day of Doom by David Baldacci

The Sea Monsters by Rick Riordan

The Big Field by Mike Lupica

Travel Team by Mike Lupica