APL’s Most Popular Titles of 2019 (Summary)

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APL’s Most Popular Titles of 2019 (Summary)

Blog post by Cesar
Monday, December 16, 2019

How do we read what Austin read in 2019? Altogether the library’s most popular titles of the year encompass a medley of characters and themes: the Marsh Girl, the Dog Man, the Dragon Doctor, the Hate U Give In Real Life, the Subtle Art of Becoming Yourself, Fires Everywhere.

Okay, they’re more like a mishmash of competing fictions and nonfictions, the world as it could be versus the world as it is. These titles are also a resounding reminder that Austin’s appetite for library-collected content is alive and well as we enter the third decade of the twenty-first century.

In 2019 the Austin Public Library’s registered cardholders numbered around 727,000, equivalent to about three-fourths of Austin’s population. People visited all library locations about 3.6 million times and cardholders checked out physical items about 5.6 million times.

The library contained about 1.2 million items. Here are 70 items that cardholders borrowed the most this year.

Look Back: APL’s Most Popular Titles of 2018

Most Popular Books 2019

Adult Fiction

  1. Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens
  2. Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng
  3. A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles
  4. Nine Perfect Strangers - Liane Moriarty
  5. The Reckoning - John Grisham

Adult Nonfiction

  1. The Library Book - Susan Orlean
  2. Becoming - Michelle Obama
  3. Educated: A Memoir - Tara Westover
  4. The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up - Marie Kondo
  5. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck - Mark Manson

Adult Graphic Novels

  1. Sabrina - Nick Drnaso
  2. Saga: Vol. 9 - Brian K. Vaughan
  3. Paper Girls: Vol. 5 - Brian K. Vaughan
  4. My Favorite Thing is Monsters: Book 1 - Emil Ferris
  5. Good Talk - Mira Jacob

    Juvenile/Children's Fiction

    1. Are You Ready to Play Outside? - Mo Willems
    2. I Am Going! - Mo Willems
    3. The Thank You Book - Mo Willems
    4. Should I Share My Ice Cream? - Mo Willems
    5. Listen to My Trumpet! - Mo Willems

    Juvenile/Children's Nonfiction

    1. The Boo-boos That Changed the World - Barry Wittenstein
    2. Game Changers - Lesa Cline-Ransome
    3. What Do They Do With All That Poo? - Jane Kurtz
    4. Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor - Patricia Valdez
    5. Minecraft: Guide to Redstone - Craig Jelley

    Juvenile Graphic Novels

    1. Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild - Dav Pilkey
    2. Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties - Dav Pilkey
    3. Dog Man & Cat Kid: Vol. 4 - Dav Pilkey
    4. Dog Man Unleashed - Dav Pilkey
    5. Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas - Dav Pilkey

      Teen/YA Fiction

      1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling
      2. The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas
      3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling
      4. The House of Hades - Rick Riordan
      5. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - J.K. Rowling

      Teen/YA Nonfiction

      1. Guinness World Records: 2019 Gamers' Edition
      2. I Am Malala - Malala Yousafzai
      3. Player's Handbook - Jeremy Crawford
      4. Bomb - Steve Sheinkin
      5. Shout: A Poetry Memoir - Laurie Halse Anderson

      Teen/YA Graphic Novels

      1. Hey, Kiddo - Jarrett Krosoczka
      2. Nimona - Noelle Stevenson
      3. This One Summer - Mariko Tamaki
      4. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: Book 2 - Rick Riordan
      5. In Real Life - Cory Doctorow

        Virtual Library

        Among the various eBook and eAudiobook collections available to APL cardholders, OverDrive is the most popular. Behold 2019's most popular eBooks and eAudiobooks on the top digital platform at APL.

        OverDrive eBooks

        1. Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng
        2. The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt
        3. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
        4. Crazy Rich Asians - Kevin Kwan
        5. The Tattooist of Auschwitz - Heather Morris

        OverDrive eAudiobooks

        1. Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
        2. Yes Please - Amy Poehler
        3. Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng
        4. I'll Be Gone in the Dark - Michelle McNamara
        5. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck - Mark Manson

        Most Popular Multimedia 2019


        1. Crazy Rich Asians
        2. Avengers: Infinity War
        3. Coco
        4. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
        5. The Lion King


        1. Coco
        2. Deadpool 2
        3. Ferdinand
        4. Ralph Breaks the Internet
        5. The Lion King

        Music CDs

        1. Hamilton: Original Broadway Cast Recording
        2. A Star is Born: Soundtrack
        3. Golden Hour - Kacey Musgraves
        4. Grammy Nominees 2019
        5. An American Treasure - Tom Petty