The New York Public Library reveals list of the most-checked-out books of 2018

Posted On Mon, December 17, 2018 By

Posted On Mon, December 17, 2018 By In City Living

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The New York Public Library has announced its annual top checkouts list for the year; The most sought-after title in the three public library systems–including books and e-books from the New York Public Library (covering the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island), Brooklyn Public Library, and Queens Library–was Jennifer Egan’s “Manhattan Beach.” Egan won a Pulitzer Prize for “A Visit From the Goon Squad” in 2011; her newest novel is, as the New York Times puts it in a review, “principally a novel of New York” that “pays tribute to the city’s iconography.”

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Dan Brown’s thriller, “Origin,” came in at number two; several top titles from 2017 maintained their popularity, and many past page-turners resurfaced, including Margaret Atwood’s”The Handmaid’s Tale,” which took the number three spot. Check out more of the top check-outs, below.

Top 10 Books Systemwide:

  1. “​​Manhattan Beach” by Jennifer Egan
  2. “Origin: A Novel” by Dan Brown
  3. “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood
  4. “Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel” by Jesmyn Ward
  5. “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by Michael Wolff
  6. “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng
  7. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  8. “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by​ ​J. D. Vance
  9. “The Underground Railroad: A Novel” by Colson Whitehead
  10. “Exit West: A Novel” by Mohsin Hamid

Top 10 Books in the Bronx:

  1. “Manhattan Beach” by Jennifer Egan
  2. “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood
  3. “Origin: A Novel” by Dan Brown
  4. “Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel” by Jesmyn Ward
  5. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff
  6. “Exit West: A Novel” by Mohsin Hamid
  7. “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng
  8. “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by​ ​J. D. Vance
  9. “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee
  10. “The Underground Railroad: A Novel” by Colson Whitehead

Top 10 Books in Staten Island

  1. “Fifty Fifty” by Candice Fox and James Patterson
  2. “Origin: A Novel” by Dan Brown
  3. “The People vs. Alex Cross” by James Patterson
  4. “Haunted” by James O. Born and James Patterson
  5. “Past Perfect” by Danielle Steel
  6. “Fairytale” by Danielle Steel
  7. “The 17th Suspect” by James Patterson
  8. “Every Breath You Take” by Alafair Burke and Mary Higgins Clark
  9. “End Game: Book 5” by David Baldacci
  10. “The Fallen” by David Baldacci

The Library also released the year’s number 1 title for the following genres:

Classics: “1984” by George Orwell
Comics and Graphic Novels: “Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book One” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, and Brian Stelfreeze
Fantasy: “Year One” by Nora Roberts
Horror: “It” by Stephen King
Mystery and Detective: “Count to Ten” by James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi
Romance: “The Cast” by Danielle Steel
Science Fiction: “The Power “by Naomi Alderman

The New York Public Library alone has about 20 million checkouts per year.

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