Wentworth Library

2019’s Most Popular Books at Wentworth Library

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It’s the end of the year and everyone is releasing their best book lists for 2019. But what are people actually reading? We looked at the books checked out most often at West St. Paul’s own Wentworth Library in 2019.

Top 25 Adult Books for 2019

  1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  2. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
  3. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  4. Neon Prey by John Sandford
  5. Holy Ghost by John Sandford
  6. This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
  7. Desolation Mountain by William Kent Krueger
  8. Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
  9. The Reckoning by John Grisham
  10. A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult
  11. Redemption by David Baldacci
  12. Bloody Genius by John Sandford
  13. The 18th Abduction by James Patterson
  14. The Wedding Guest by Jonathan Kellerman
  15. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  16. The First Lady by James Patterson
  17. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
  18. Look Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich
  19. One Good Deed by David Baldacci
  20. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
  21. Nine Perfect Strangers by LIane Moriarty
  22. Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci
  23. Under Currents by Nora Roberts
  24. The A List by Judith A. Jance
  25. Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly

What does it take to be #1? 299 check outs.

Top 25 Children’s Books for 2019

  1. Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild by Dav Pilkey
  2. Happy Pig Day! by Mo Willems
  3. We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems
  4. Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy Part 2: Revenge of the Ridiculous Robo-Boogers by Dav Pilkey
  5. Big Nate: Goes Bananas by Lincoln Pierce
  6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney
  7. Pigs Make Me Sneeze! by Mo Willems
  8. I Will Surprise My Friend! by Mo Willems
  9. Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy Part 1: The Night of the Nasty Nostril Nuggets by Dav Pilkey
  10. Today I Will Fly! by Mo Willems
  11. My Friend is Sad by Mo Willems
  12. Let’s Go for a Drive! by Mo Willems
  13. Waiting Is Not Easy! by Mo Willems
  14. A Big Guy Took My Ball! by Mo Willems
  15. Pete the Cat: Firefighter Pete by James Dean
  16. Pete the Kitty and the Case of the Hiccups by James Dean
  17. I Will Take a Nap! by Mo Willems
  18. The Thank You Book by Mo Willems
  19. Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
  20. My New Friend Is So Fun! by Mo Willems
  21. Fly High, Fly Guy! Tedd Arnold
  22. I Am Going! by Mo Willems
  23. I Broke My Trunk! by Mo Willems
  24. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway by Jeff Kinney
  25. Hooray for Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold

Mo Willems dominates this list with 14 of the 25 spots. It’s also kind of incredible that only six guys make up the entirety of the most-checked out children’s books.

Top 25 Teen Books for 2019

  1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  3. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  4. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  5. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  6. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  7. Yukon Ho!: A Calvin & Hobbes Collection by Bill Watterson
  8. Bone: Volume 1 by Jeff Smith
  9. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  10. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  11. Check Please: #Hockey! by Ngozi Ukazu
  12. Matched by Allyson Braithwaite Condie
  13. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  14. Invasion! by Walter Dean Myers
  15. Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
  16. Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons: A Calvin & Hobbes Collection by Bill Watterson
  17. Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper
  18. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  19. Ms. Marvel Vol. 9: Teenage Wasteland by G. Willow Wilson
  20. Calvin & Hobbes: Sunday Pages 1985-1995 by Bill Watterson
  21. Bone: Volume 3 by Jeff Smith
  22. Amulet: Book 2 by Kazu Kibuishi
  23. Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat: A Calvin & Hobbes Collection by Bill Watterson
  24. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  25. The Far Side Gallery 5 by Gary Larson

It does my gen X heart proud to see Calvin & Hobbes on this list four times.

There you have it. Get out to the library and do some more reading in 2019 (or maybe play some video games).

Thanks to the Dakota County Library staff for running the numbers for us.

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