Check out the books New Yorkers borrowed the most in 2021

Check out the books New Yorkers borrowed the most in 2021

What have New Yorkers been reading this year? The Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library and Queens Public Library have tabulated checkouts for 2021 to determine the most popular books among borrowers.

“The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett (which topped last year’s list, as well) and “The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah are among the highest-ranking titles for patrons of the New York City library systems. Barack Obama’s “A Promised Land,” Isabel Wilkerson’s “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents” and Lucy Foley’s “The Guest List” also appear in the top 10 across the systems.

Books represent all formats (e-books, audio books and physical copies), and the lists include novels and non-fiction. The library noted that branches, which resumed full service in July 2021 after closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, saw an uptick in print circulation after the system announced in October that it would do away with late fines for tardy returns. According to the release, the New York Public Library’s virtual “Get Lit!” book club partnership with WNYC also contributed to an increased amount of checkouts.

“As we close yet another unprecedented and difficult year, NYC Libraries share a deep pride that as always, readers turn to us for unparalleled access to books, knowledge, and entertainment to feed their souls and brighten their spirits,” Amy Mikel, Brooklyn Public Library’s director of Customer Experience, said. “These top titles show that our communities crave the kinds of stories that uplift and connect us. NYC Libraries will always be here for our readers.”

Below are this year’s most checked-out adult books from the Brooklyn Public Library, the New York Public Library (representing Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island) and Queens Public Library. For additional lists, including the most borrowed books among children and teens, head over to the Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library and Queens Public Library websites.

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Brooklyn Public Library:

  1. “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett
  2. “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig
  3. “A Promised Land” by Barack Obama
  4. “The Guest List” by Lucy Foley
  5. “Caste: The Origins of our Discontents” by Isabel Wilkerson
  6. “Minor Feelings” by Cathy Park Hong
  7. “The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides
  8. “The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah
  9. “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” by V. E. Schwab
  10. “Such a Fun Age” by Kiley Reid

The New York Public Library (Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island):

  1. “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett
  2. “Mexican Gothic” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  3. “Klara and the Sun” by Kazuo Ishiguro
  4. “A Promised Land” by Barack Obama
  5. “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents” by Isabel Wilkerson
  6. “The Guest List” by Lucy Foley
  7. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens
  8. “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist and Our Lives Revealed” by Lori Gottlieb
  9. “The Other Black Girl” by Zakiya Dalila Harris
  10. “Malibu Rising” by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Queens Public Library:

  1. “The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah
  2. “A Promised Land” by Barack Obama
  3. “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett
  4. “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig
  5. “The Guest List” by Lucy Foley
  6. “The Silent Patient” by by Alex Michaelides
  7. “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents” by Isabel Wilkerson
  8. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens
  9. “Anxious People” by Fredrik Backman, translated by Neil Smith
  10. “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” by V. E. Schwab