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Top Tens at the Library

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team,
10 book covers of popular books

It’s the time of year for lists: Recommendations, best of’s and favorites.

As librarians we love stats and data and it’s always interesting for us to see what books were our patrons’ favorites! This year mysteries and thrillers were once again the most popular, with top authors having familiar names like, Michael Connelly, James Patterson and John Grisham. The number one checked out book of 2017 was The Late Show by Michael Connelly. It was the clear favorite at the library. Interestingly, the number one download over in e-media was The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Not bad for a book that was originally published in 1986. It didn’t hurt that there was an award winning series made from the book this year as well.

Nice to see a number of women authors in the top tens; the aforementioned Atwood, and also Paula Hawkins, Ruth Ware, Lisa See and Ann Patchett.

Our music top ten included something for everyone from kids, to hip hop and alternative. These titles can also be streamed or downloaded by using Hoopla and Freegal.

This librarian is a big reader and has added her own top ten as well.

Library Top Ten Books 2017

  1. The Late Show by Michael Connelly
  2. Camino Island by John Grisham
  3. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders            
  4. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
  5. The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly
  6. The Black Book by James Patterson
  7. Never Never by James Patterson
  8. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
  9. The Fix by David Baldacci
  10. Golden Prey by John Sandford

Library Top Ten e-Books 2017

  1. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  2. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  3. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  4. The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly
  5. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
  6. The Whistler by John Grisham
  7. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
  8. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  9. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  10. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Library Top Ten Audio Books 2017

  1. Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook by Anthony Robbins
  2. Never Never by James Patterson            
  3. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders            
  4. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
  5. The Black Book by James Patterson
  6. The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See  
  7. The Fix by David Baldacci
  8. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson         
  9. Bone Box by Faye Kellerman     
  10. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins           

Library Top Ten Music 2017

  1. Divide by Ed Sheeran
  2. Spirit by Depeche Mode
  3. Beauty and the Beast : Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  4. Damn by Kendrick Lamar
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 2
  6. I See You by XX
  7. Kidz Bop 34 by Kidz Bop Kids
  8. Fifty Shades Darker : Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  9. Culture by Migos
  10. American Teen by Khalid

Tina’s Top Ten Books 2017

  1. The Changeling by Victor LaValle
  2. The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne
  3. Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
  4. The Idiot by Elif Batuman
  5. White Tears by Hari Kunzru
  6. All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
  7. Aftercare Instructions by Bonnie Pipkin
  8. A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor
  9. Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
  10. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward