2019 by the Numbers

Another year has gone by and I’m sure you did a lot of things in 2019. Apparently, one thing you, our Watertown patrons, did a lot was read. You read our Community Read pick, you read memoirs of famous people and not-so famous people, you improved your English skills, and you settled in for some good old-fashioned escapism. Here is our list of the top books that went out in Watertown in 2019.

Top circulating adult books in 2019 for Watertown patrons:

  1. The Library Book by Susan Orlean (1040 times!)
  2. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover (425)
  3. Becoming by Michelle Obama (372)
  4. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (309)
  5. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (225)
  6. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty (210)
  7. English in action: Book 1 (161)
  8. Word by Word: Basic Picture Dictionary (158)
    *tied with*
    English in Action: Book 2 (158)
  9. Voices of Freedom: English and Civics for US Citizenship (149)
    *tied with*
    Normal People: a novel by Sally Rooney (149)
  10. Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand (138)

Congrats to Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng for showing up in our top 10 for the second year in a row. With a HULU adaptation set for March 18th starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, I imagine it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. I’d also like to give an honorable mention to the Book on CD version of Becoming written and narrated by Michelle Obama, for going out 142 times this year!

And guess what? You’re still reading … or at-least you want to. Here are the most in-demand books for the first week in 2020. I’ve noted how many Minuteman holds there are (system) and how many Watertown holds (wat).

Top circulating adult books for the first week of 2020 (Watertown/Minuteman):

  1. The Dutch House: a novel by Ann Patchett (32 wat/984 system)
  2. Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout (20 wat/807 system)
  3. The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes (15 wat/533 system)
  4. Catch and Kill: lies, spies, and a conspiracy to protect predators by Ronan Farrow (14 wat/308 system)
  5. Nothing to See Here: a novel by Kevin Wilson (12 wat/394 system)
  6. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern (12 wat/318 system)
  7. Blowout: corrupted democracy, rogue state Russia, and the richest, most destructive industry on Earth by Rachel Maddow (10 wat/173 system)
  8. Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (10 wat/181 system)
  9. The Overstory: a novel by Richard Powers (10 wat/179 system)
  10. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (9 wat/142 system)

Libraries are great for books, of course, but there are so many other things that WFPL provides. One of my favorites is music, so I decided to take a look at the top ten music albums streamed or downloaded via Hoopla.

Top music albums streamed or downloaded by Watertown patrons via Hoopla:

  1. WOW Hits 2016 by Various Artists
  2. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse soundtrack by Various Artists
  3. When we all fall asleep, where do we go? by Billie Eilish
  4. The Greatest Showman soundtrack by Various Artists
  5. Lover by Taylor Swift
  6. Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack by Various Artists
    *Tied with*
    Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 2  by Various Artists
  7. Hamilton soundtrack by Various Artists
  8. Come From Away soundtrack by Various Artists
  9. 80s Mixtape by Various Artist
    *tied with*
    Moana soundtrack by Various Artists
    thank u, next by Ariana Grande
    No. 6 Collaborations Project by Ed Sheeran
    Goodbye & Good Riddance by Juice Wrld
  10. Frozen 2 soundtrack by Various Artists

Congrats to The Greatest Showman, Hamilton, Taylor Swift and Moana for repeating their success from 2018. It’s hard to beat a great soundtrack … or Miss Swift 😉

Happy 2020 everyone!

– Stephanie, WFPL Reference Librarian

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