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New York Public Library reveals top 10 books checked out in 2019

Posted: 6:56 AM, Dec 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-18 06:56:43-05
New York Public Library reveals top 10 books checked out in 2019

NEW YORK — The New York Public Library has released their annual top checkouts list for 2019, revealing the books readers borrowed most this year from branches across the city.

The list is sourced from checkout data from the library's branches in the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island, as well as the NYPL's ebook catalog

"The top checkouts at the New York Public Library may seem like a simple opportunity to identify what New Yorkers enjoyed reading in 2019, but at the Library we see the diversity these titles represent,” said Lynn Lobash, the Library’s Assistant Director of Readers Services. "Whether it's literary fiction, memoirs, the latest mystery or thriller—readers of all ages from all walks of life can find the book they're looking for at their local branch or online and this annual list is our tribute to them."

Topping the list for 2019 is former first lady Michelle Obama's popular autobiography, "Becoming." See the rest of the top 10 below, as well as top checkout for each borough.

  1. "Becoming" by Michelle Obama
  2. "Educated: A Memoir" by Tara Westover
  3. "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng
  4. "A Spark of Light" by Jodi Picoult
  5. "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens
  6. "Pachinko" by Min Jin Lee
  7. "Circe" by Madeline Miller
  8. "Nine Perfect Strangers" by Liane Moriarty
  9. "Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup" by John Carreyrou
  10. "Milkman" by Anna Burns

The title most checked out in both the Bronx and Manhattan was Obama's "Becoming," while the top book borrowed in Staten Island was "A Spark of LIght" by Jodi Picoult.

Meanwhile, on the NYPL's bookmobiles there was a tie for top checkout between Kevin Kwan's "Crazy Rich Asians" and "The Map of Salt and Stars" by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar.

The NYPL's top classics checkout was Harper Lee's iconic "To Kill a Mockingbird," while the most-borrowed book in comics and graphic novels was "Saga" by Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan.

The top fantasy checkout was "Black Leopard, Red Wolf" by Marlon James, while the library's top horror checkout was Stephen King's classic "The Shining."

Over in the mysteries genre the top checkout was "The Chef" by James Patterson, while "Every Breath" by Nicholas Sparks" was the most-borrowed romance title.

Ray Bradbury's classic "Fahrenheit 451" topped the library's science fiction checkouts.