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“Top Library Reads for 2021”

From the DC Public Library:

“It’s time for the Library’s annual round-up of the books, magazines, streaming video and virtual courses that D.C. readers and learners loved the most. This year, more than 3 million items have been borrowed, streamed or downloaded. These are the most popular items by type and format.

Top 10 Fiction Books
1. “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett
2. “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig
3. “Anxious People: A Novel” by Fredrik Backman
4. “Transcendent Kingdom” by Yaa Gyasi
5. “Such a Fun Age: A Novel” by Kiley Reid
6. “Dog Man. Fetch-22” by Dav Pilkey
7. “Mexican Gothic” by Silvia  Moreno-Garcia
8. “Hamnet: A Novel of the Plague” by Maggie O’Farrell
9. “Klara and the Sun” by Kazuo Ishiguro
10. “Dog Man. Mothering Heights” by Dav Pilkey

Top 10 Nonfiction Books
1. “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents” by Isabel Wilkerson
2. “A Promised Land” by Barack Obama
3. “Untamed” by Glennon Doyle
4. “Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family” by Robert Kolker
5. “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed” by Lori Gottlieb
6. “The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family and Defiance During the Blitz” by Erik  Larson
7. “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration” by Isabel Wilkerson
8. “How to do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy” by Jenny  Odell
9. “Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland” by Patrick Radden Keefe
10. “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover

Top 10 Fiction Audiobooks

1. “The Vanishing Half: A Novel” by Brit Bennett
2. “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” by J. K. Rowling
3. “American Dirt: A Novel” by Jeanine Cummins
4. “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” by  J. K. Rowling
5. “The Water Dancer: A Novel” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
6. “Anxious People: A Novel” by Fredrik Backman
7. “The Four Winds: A Novel” by Kristin Hannah
8. “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig
9. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J. K. Rowling (Tied)
9.  “Malibu Rising” by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Tied)
10. “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison (Tied)
10. “The Dutch House: A Novel” by Ann Patchett (Tied)
10. “The Nickel Boys: A Novel” by Colson Whitehead (Tied)

Top 10 Fiction  eBooks
1. “The Vanishing Half: A Novel” by Brit Bennett
2. “The Guest List: A Novel” by Lucy Foley
3. “The Midnight Library: A Novel” by Matt Haig
4. “Anxious People: A Novel” by Fredrik Backman
5. “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” by V. E. Schwab
6. “Such a Fun Age” by Kiley Reid
7. “Bridgerton Collection” by Julia Quinn
8. “The Searcher: A Novel” by Tana French
9. “Mexican Gothic” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
10. “American Dirt: A Novel” by Jeanine Cummins

Top 10 Fiction  eAudiobooks
1. “The Midnight Library: A Novel” by Matt Haig
2. “The Vanishing Half: A Novel” by Brit Bennett
3. “The Guest List: A Novel” by Lucy Foley
4. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens
5. “Anxious People: A Novel” by Fredrik Backman
6. “The Duke and I” by Julia Quinn
7. “The Overstory” by Richard Powers
8. “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” by V. E. Schwab
9. “The Dutch House: A Novel” by Anne Patchett
10. “The Water Dancer: A Novel” by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Top 10 Nonfiction Audiobooks
1. “A Promised Land” by Barack Obama
2. “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents” by Isabel Wilkerson
3. “Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood” by Trevor Noah
4. “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration” by Isabel Wilkerson
5. “Becoming” by Michelle Obama
6. “Just as I Am” by Cicely Tyson
7. “Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know” by Malcolm Gladwell
8. “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover
9. “How to be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi
10. “Greenlights” by Matthew McConaughey (Tied)
10. “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval N. Harari (Tied)

Top 10 Nonfiction eBooks
1. “Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century” by Jessica Bruder
2. “A Promised Land” by Barack Obama
3. “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed” by Lori Gottlieb
4. “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents” by Isabel Wilkerson
5. “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover
6. “Untamed” by Glennon Doyle
7. “Crying in H Mart: A Memoir” by Michelle Zauner
8. “How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi
9. “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration” by Isabel Wilkerson
10. “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” by Trevor Noah

Top 10 Nonfiction eAudiobooks
1. “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants” by Robin Wall Kimmerer
2. “A Promised Land” by Barack Obama
3. “Becoming” by Michelle Obama
4. “Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know” by Malcolm Gladwell
5. “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents” by Isabel Wilkerson
6.” Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover
7. “Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life” by Ali Wong
8. “Greenlights” by Matthew McConaughey
9. “Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones” by James Clear
10. “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life” by Mark Manson (Tied)
10. “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” by Robin DiAngelo (Tied)

Top 10 Magazines
1. The Economist
2. The New Yorker
3. Us Weekly
4. Cook’s Illustrated
5. Bon Appetit
6. HGTV Magazine
7. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
8. The New York Review of Books
9. New Scientist
10. The Week Magazine”

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