What are the Dallas Public Library’s 20 most checked-out books? Read along with Curious Texas. (Dallas News, 2/6/2020)
Like its New York counterpart, the Dallas Public Library has circulation records going back a few decades. For purposes of this story, Curious Texas relied on records starting from 1996, which is as far back as the library’s records go. It’s worth mentioning that the library’s staff did some crunching to figure out lifetime circulation numbers — which we greatly appreciate.
Most of the top 20 list is made up of books that appeal to children, which isn’t surprising to Melissa Dease, the library’s administrator of communications and youth services.
“Children’s picture books are what will get checked out again and again and again,” Dease said via email. “If you’re reading a book or two to your kids every night, you’ll need to check out, what, 10 books a week? While an adult might check out one book that they spend three weeks reading.”
The top 20
1/28/2020 Denver Public Library update starts here
Photo credit: Denver Public Library
The 10 most popular Denver Public Library books over the last 10ish years. (Denverite, 1/27/2020)
Denverite and CPR’s Colorado Matters teamed up to ask the Denver Public Library a hard-hitting question: What books do people borrow most often?
A few surprises emerge from this list and one of the biggest is that “Harry Potter” by J.K. Rowling didn’t make the cut.
1/21/2020 update, "Michigan's Howell Carnegie District Library announces most popular books and movies of 2019", starts here.
Howell's top five fiction in 2019:
- "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens
- "A Spark of Light" by Jodi Picoult
- "The Silent Patient" by Alex Michaelides
- "One Good Deed" by David Baldacci
- "Under Currents" by Nora Roberts
- "Educated: A Memoir" by Tara Westover
- "Becoming" by Michelle Obama
- "Fear: Trump in the White House" by Bob Woodward
- "Girl Wash Your Face" by Rachel Hollis
- "Killing the SS" by Bill O’Reilly
1/17/2020 update starts here
What Were The Most Popular Books In Wilmington In 2019? (Wilmington Patch, 1/16/2020)
1. Where the Crawdads Sings, by Delia Owens
2. Educated by Tara Westover
3. Becoming by Michelle Obama
4. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
5. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
6. Lost and Found by Danielle Steel
7. Unsolved by James Patterson
8. The First Lady by James Patterson and Brandon DuBois
9. Someone Knows, by Lisa Scottoline
10. Redemption by David Balducci
1/15/2020 update, " Brookline Public Library announces its most borrowed books and movies in 2019", starts here.
Top 10 Borrowed Books & Movies from 2019. (The Public Library of Brookline, 1/14/2020)
Listed without a numerical designation.
Fiction (published in 2019)
- Big Sky by Kate Atkinson
- Testaments, by Margaret Atwood
- A Better Man by Louise Penny
- City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
- The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
- The New Girl by Daniel Silva
- Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb
- Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner
- Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
- Normal People by Sally Rooney
Movies (released in 2018-19)
- The Girl in the Spider's Web
- Can You Ever Forgive Me?
- If Beale Street Could Talk
- The Hate U Give
- First Man
- The Wife
- Green Book
- A Star is Born
- Bohemian Rhapsody
1/14/2020 update, "DC Public Library announces most popular books of 2019", starts here.
These Are The Most Popular Books Of 2019, At Least At The D.C. Public Library. (dclist, 12/19/2019)
1/13/2020 update, "New York Public Library announces its 10 most checked-out books of all time", starts here.
The 10 Most Checked-Out Books in N.Y. Public Library History. (The New York Times, 1/13/2020)
“There was a little bit of art to the science of doing this,” said Andrew Medlar, who runs the library’s book-buying operation and led the team that worked on the list.
Because the library’s central circulation system only goes back several decades, the team used recent circulation data, best-seller lists, archives from the National Book Awards and Newbery Medals, and the library’s best-of lists to figure out what books were most beloved by patrons.
“The idea was to see what has been generally popular out in the world,” Medlar said. “We wanted to start from the love of books and the love of reading rather than the numbers.”
1. “The Snowy Day,” by Ezra Jack Keats (485,583 checkouts)
2. “The Cat in the Hat,” by Dr. Seuss (469,650)
3. “1984,” by George Orwell (441,770)
4. “Where the Wild Things Are,” by Maurice Sendak (436,016)
5. “To Kill a Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee (422,912)
6. “Charlotte’s Web,” by E.B. White (337,948)
7. “Fahrenheit 451,” by Ray Bradbury (316,404)
8. “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” by Dale Carnegie (284,524)
9. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” by J.K. Rowling (231,022)
10. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” by Eric Carle (189,550)
1/11/2020 post, "Library staff at Baldwin Public Library in Birmingham, Michigan, announce most checked-out books of 2019", starts here.
Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, Michigan
Birmingham's Baldwin Public Library's top reads for 2019. (Hometown Life, 1/7/2020)
As stacked ion photo #7, from top to bottom:
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
- Educated by Tara Westover
- Where the Crawdad Sings by Delia Owens
- Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
- Becoming by Michelle Obama
Original 1/10/2020 post, "Where the Crawdads Sing" tops the list of most-read books for adults at the Worcester Public Library", starts here.
Worcester Public Library Releases Its Most Read Books of 2019. (Go Local Worcester, 1/9/2020)
Top 10 kids and teens list included. “The growing popularity of graphic novels and comics with both kids and teens is clear from the top ten lists for those age groups. The appeal of the graphic format continues to draw kids in, and fortunately, that translates into more kids enjoying reading, an important factor in building life-long learners,” said Cynthia Bermudez, youth services coordinator.
Top 10 adults:
1. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens
2. “Becoming” by Michelle Obama
3. “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover
4. “The Reckoning” by John Grisham
5. “A Spark of Light” by Jodi Picoult
6. “The Complete Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz (adults and kids)
7. “Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue”
8. “Nine Perfect Strangers” by Liane Moriarty
9. “Long Road to Mercy” by David Baldacci
10. “Past Tense: a Jack Reacher Novel” by Lee Child tied with “Someone Knows” by Lisa Scottoline
Worcester must be home to lots of stamp collectors.