These are the Top Checkouts at NYPL Branches on the Lower East Side In 2019

Posted on: December 20th, 2019 at 5:09 am by

The New York Public Library just released every bookworm’s favorite year-end list: 2019’s top checkouts.

This year’s favorite page turner from the city stacks was none other than the autobiography, Becoming, penned by former First Lady Michelle Obama. But Lower East Side branches opted for a variety of bestsellers this year. The Seward Park branch’s most popular loan was the acclaimed generational saga, Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee; Tompkins Square patrons loved the fantastically humanizing account of Greek gods and goddesses found in Circe by Madeline Miller; Chatham Square enjoyed Crazy Rich Asians, by Kevin Kwan; Hamilton Fish Park shared in the city-wide top checkout, Becoming; and Mulberry Street’s couldn’t get enough of Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover.

The library also broke down 2019’s top titles by genre:

Classics: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Comics and Graphic Novels: Saga by Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan
Fantasy: Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
Horror: The Shining by Stephen King
Mystery and Detective: The Chef by James Patterson
Romance: Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks
Science Fiction: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Speaking of Farenheit 451, here’s our annual reminder to not let Bradbury’s cautionary tale ever become a reality – visit your local branch, sign up for a library card, and read.

In January, the NYPL plans to announce its top checkouts of all time (our money is on Fitzgerald or Austen), as part of its 125th anniversary celebration. The list will coincide with a New Year’s resolution challenge from the library for all patrons (young and old) to read 20 minutes every day – it will issue reading lists and programs to help readers reach this goal in 2020.

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