Top Checkouts of 2019 – NYPL

NYPL Top Checkouts of 2019

The above linked article talks about the most checked out books in the NYPL system in 2019. They are all wonderful books and I look forward to reading those that I haven’t read yet.

Top 10 Books Systemwide

  1. Becomingby 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. Pachinkoby Min Jin Lee
  7. Circeby Madeline Miller
  8. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
  9. Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startupby John Carreyrou
  10. Milkmanby Anna Burns

Top 10 Books in the Bronx

  1. Becomingby Michelle Obama
  2. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
  3. Ambush by James Patterson and James O. Born
  4. The Chef by James Patterson
  5. A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult
  6. Liar Liar by James Patterson and Candice Fox
  7. The 18th Abduction by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  8. Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci
  9. Target: Alex Cross by James Patterson
  10. The House Next Door by ​James Patterson, Tim Arnold, Max DiLallo, and Susan DiLallo

Top 10 Books in Manhattan

  1. Becomingby Michelle Obama
  2. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
  3. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  4. Circeby Madeline Miller
  5. Pachinkoby Min Jin Lee
  6. Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startupby John Carreyrou
  7. Milkmanby Anna Burns
  8. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  9. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
  10. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Top 10 Books in Staten Island

  1. A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult
  2. Ambush by James Patterson and James O. Born
  3. The Reckoning by John Grisham
  4. Target: Alex Cross by James Patterson
  5. Liar Liar by James Patterson and Candice Fox
  6. The Chef by James Patterson
  7. Turning Point by Danielle Steel
  8. The House Next Door by ​James Patterson, Tim Arnold, Max DiLallo, and Susan DiLallo
  9. Unsolved, Book 2 by James Patterson and David Ellis
  10. Juror No. 3 by James Patterson and Nancy Allen

Golden Globes Books

Golden Globes Books

The above linked article talks about books that movies and tv shows were based on. Some were Golden Globe nominees and winners. I read some of the books, and haven’t seen most of the shows and movies, though. I guess that is another list for another day?

The Irishman

Based on I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt

Little Women
Based on Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The Two Popes

Based on The Pope by Anthony McCarten

Where’d You Go Bernadette

Based on Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

Richard Jewell

Based on a Vanity Fair article by Marie Brenner: “American Nightmare: The Ballad of Richard Jewell” (plus, a book about him)

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Based on an Esquire article, “Can You Say … Hero?” by Tom Junod (plus, many books and DVDs by and about Fred Rogers)

Motherless Brooklyn

Based on Motherless Brooklyn by Johnathan Lethem

TV shows based on books or articles

Big Little Lies

Based on Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (plus, check out our readalikes blog)

Killing Eve
Based on Codename Villanelle by Luke Jennings

Game of Thrones
Based on A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (plus GRRM reading suggestionscharacters reading suggestions, and readalikes)

Based on Catch-22 by Joseph Heller


Based on Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster by Svetlana Alexievich (plus, a blog post about e-resources on Chernobyl)

Based on Fosse by Sam Wasson

The Loudest Voice
Based on The Loudest Voice in the Room by Gabriel Sherman

How to Read Harder

How to Read Harder

The above linked article talks about books that are thought provoking and are recommended by librarians.

1. An epistolary novel or collection of letters

Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise by Oscar Hijuelos

When the English Fall by David Williams

Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

The Letters of Sylvia Plath by Sylvia Plath

2. An alternate history novel

The Arrival of Missives by Aliya Whiteley

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

3. A book by a woman and/or AOC (Author of Color) that won a literary award in 2018

Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar (Pura Belpré Author Award)

Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess by Shari Green (Schneider Family Book Award)

Piecing Me Together by Reneé Watson (Coretta Scott King Book Award)

Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo (ALA’s Notable Books List)

4. A humor book

My Life as a Goddess: A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture by Guy Branum

Gmorning, Gnight! Little Pep Talks for Me & You by Lin-Manuel Miranda, art by Jonny Sun

You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson

How to Ruin Everything by George Watsky

5. A book by a journalist or about journalism

Stranger: The Challenge of a Latino Immigrant in the Trump Era by Jorge Ramos

Reporter: A Memoir by Seymour Hersh

No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria by Rania Abouzeid

Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy

6. A book by an AOC set in or about space

Nigerians in Space by Deji Bryce Olukotun

Exo by Fonda Lee

Dawn by Octavia Butler

Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

7.  An #ownvoices book set in Mexico or Central America

The Body Where I Was Born by Guadalupe Nettel (Mexico)

The Dream of My Return by Horacio Castellanos Moya (El Salvador)

The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli (Mexico)

A novel or book of poetry in Spanish by Gioconda Belli (Nicaragua)

8. An #ownvoices book set in Oceania

Terra Nullius by Claire Colman

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings

Rani Patel in Full Effect by Sonia Patel

9. A book published prior to January 1, 2019, with fewer than 100 reviews on Goodreads

Trust by Cynthia Ozick

Brazil-Maru by Karen Tei Yamashita

Mrs. Hollingsworth’s Men by Padgett Powell

Selected Tales by Henry James

10.  A translated book written by and/or translated by a woman

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata, translated from Japanese by Ginny Tapley Takemori

Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, translated from Hebrew by Sondra Silverton

Ladivine by Marie Ndiaye, translated from French by Jordan Stump

Human Acts by Han Kang, translated from Korean by Deborah Smith

11.  A book of manga

The Promised Neverland by Kaiu Shirai

My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi

Skip Beat by Yoshiki Nakamura

Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

12.  A book in which an animal or inanimate object is a point-of-view character

Fox 8 by George Saunders

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Watership Down by Richard Adams

Empire of the Ants by Bernard Werber

13.  A book by or about someone that identifies as neurodiverse

On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

Autism Adulthood: Strategies and Insight for a Fulfilling Life by Susan Senator

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas

14.  A cozy mystery

One Day in December by Josie Silver

Born of Persuasion by Jessica Dotta

What the Dead Leave Behind by Rosemary Simpson

12 Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen

15.  A book of mythology or folklore

Mythology by Edith Hamilton

Don’t Know Much about Mythology: Everything You Need to Know about the Greatest Stories in Human History but Never  Learned by Kenneth C. Davis

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Asian Mythology: Myths and Legends of China, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia by Rachel Storm

16.  An historical romance by an AOC

Tempest by Beverly Jenkins

An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

A Dance with Danger by Jeannie Lin

As Rich as a Rogue by Jade Lee

17.  A business book

The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker

Rework: Change the Way You Work Forever by Jason Fried and David Hansson

The Magic of Tiny Business: You Don’t Have to Go Big to Make a Great Living by Sharon Rowe

Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

18.  A novel by a trans or nonbinary author

Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan

Confessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg

Little Fish by Casey Plett

Nevada by Imogen Binnie

19.  A book of nonviolent true crime

Our Bodies, Our Data: How Companies Make Billions Selling Our Medical Records by Adam Tanner

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

Red Card: How the U.S. Blew the Whistle on the World’s Biggest Sports Scandal by Ken Bensinger

Chain of Title: How Three Americans Uncovered Wall Street’s Great Foreclosure Fraud by David Dayen

20.  A book written in prison

The Greybar Hotel: Stories by Curtis Dawkins

Conversations with Myself by Nelson Mandela

Inside: Life Behind Bars in America by Michael Santos

Our Lady of the Flowers by Jean Genet

21.  A comic by an LGBTQIA creator

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Wuvable Oaf by Ed Luce

The Backstagers, vol. 1: Rebels Without Applause by James Tynion IV, art by Rian Sygh

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

22.  A children’s or middle grade book (not YA) that has won a diversity award since 2009

Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart (Rainbow Book List, 2017)

The Three Lucys by Hayan Charara (Arab American Book Award, 2017)

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin (Dolly Gray Award, 2016)

How I Became a Ghost by Tim Tingle (American Indian Youth Literature Award, 2014)

23.  A self-published book

Different libraries have different policies about including self-published books in their collections, but Book Riot suggested a great place to start!

24.  A collection of poetry published since 2014

Ordinary Beast by Nicole Sealey

Cenzontle by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

Wade in the Water by Tracy K. Smith

When I Grow Up, I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen