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Top Tens: The Most Popular Titles of 2018

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team,
variety of bestselling books from 2018

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

Librarians love information and statistics, and it’s always interesting for us to see what titles were our patrons’ favorites! This year, thrillers were once again the most popular book genre, with top authors having familiar names like James Patterson, Stephen King, and even former president Bill Clinton. The current president was also on many people's minds pushing Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House into the top of e-media.

The number one checked out book of 2018 was The Women in the WIndow by A.J. Finn. It was also in the top ten of e-books and audiobooks, making it an overall favorite at the library.

Nice to see a number of women authors in the top tens including Margaret Atwood, Michelle McNamara, Kristin Hannah, Jojo Moyes, Celeste Ng, and Chloe Benjamin.

Our music top tens included something for everyone. It seems like many of our readers and listeners favor movie soundtracks! These selections, as well as your own favorites, can be streamed or downloaded by using Hoopla and Freegal. Speaking of movies, our library users had great choices there as well. You can check out your favorites or stream them from Kanopy which now includes the A24 collection of films.

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


Library Top Ten Books 2018


  1. The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
  2. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
  3. The President is Missing: A Novel by Bill Clinton
  4. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
  5. The Fallen by David Baldacci
  6. The Immortalists: A Novel by Chloe Benjamin
  7. Fifty Fifty by James Patterson
  8. The Outsider by Stephen King
  9. Still Me by Jojo Moyes
  10. The 17th Suspect by James Patterson

Library Top Ten e-Books 2018


  1. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  2. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  3. Crazy Rich Asians: Crazy Rich Asians Series, Book 1 by Kevin Kwan
  4. Origin: A Novel by Dan Brown
  5. Manhattan Beach: A Novel by Jennifer Egan
  6. Artemis: A Novel by Andy Weir
  7. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff
  8. The Woman in the Window: A Novel by A. J. Finn
  9. I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara
  10. A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel by Amor Towles

Library Top Ten Audio Books (CDs) 2018


  1. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff
  2. The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn
  3. Dark in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel by J.D. Robb
  4. The Fallen by David Baldacci
  5. The President is Missing: A Novel by Bill Clinton
  6. The Outsider by Stephen King
  7. The 17th Suspect by James Patterson
  8. The Other Woman: A Novel by Daniel Silva
  9. Calypso by David Sedaris
  10. Fifty Fifty by James Patterson

Library Top Ten e-Audio Books 2018


  1. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
  2. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
  3. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson
  4. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  5. I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara
  6. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff
  7. Origin: A Novel by Dan Brown
  8. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  9. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  10. A Wrinkle In Time: Time Quartet, Book 1 by Madeleine L'engle

Library Top Ten Music (CDs) 2018


  1. Black Panther: The Album: Music From and Inspired By
  2. Camila by Camila Cabello
  3. Now That's What I Call Music: 65 by Various
  4. Man of the Woods by Justin Timberlake
  5. Culture II by Migos
  6. Both Sides of the Sky by Jimmy Hendrix
  7. Kidz Bop 37 by Kidz Bop Kids
  8. High as Hope by Florence + the Machine
  9. Sweetener by Ariana Grande
  10. 50 Shades Freed: The Final Chapter

Library Top Ten Streaming Videos from Kanopy 2018


  1. Loving Vincent
  2. Kedi
  3. Hunt For The Wilderpeople
  4. My Friend Dahmer
  5. I Am Not Your Negro
  6. Breathless
  7. Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
  8. Hearts Beat Loud
  9. The Love Witch
  10. First Reformed

Library Top Ten Music (downloads, or streaming) from Hoopla 2018


  1. The Greatest Showman (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  2. Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
  3. Reputation by Taylor Swift
  4. Black Panther: The Album: Music From and Inspired By
  5. Invasion of Privacy by Cardi B
  6. Coco (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  7. Best Of 2017 Pop UMG Recordings
  8. Moana (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack/Deluxe Edition)
  9. Scorpion by Drake
  10. Evolve by Imagine Dragons

Tina’s Top Ten Books of 2018


  1. Circe by Madeline Miller
  2. Dracul by Dacre Stoker
  3. Beautiful Music by Michael Zadoorian
  4. The Comedown by Rebekah Frumkin
  5. The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner
  6. The Pisces by Melissa Broder
  7. Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent
  8. Whistle in the Dark by Emma Healey
  9. The Afterlives by Thomas Pierce
  10. Tell the Machine Goodnight by Katie Williams

 

 

 

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