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A collage of books covers for all ages derived from the most checked out books for adults, teens and kids in 2019

That odd sound you've been hearing for the last few weeks of 2019 is the collective sigh of relief from content creators across the land as they realize that the pressure to come up with new ideas (or at least new spins on old ones) is finally, if only temporarily, off. Why? Because it's the year-end list-making season and anyone with the gumption to move their fingers over a keyboard in a more or less coordinated fashion can do that. There's no real thinking required, just a modicum of formatting skills and a somewhat witty (if a tad cynical) opening paragraph to obscure the fact that visions of sugar plums are already dancing through the writer's overtaxed head.

But let it be said that the lists compiled below are a little different than many that flood the internet and airwaves each December. Rather than one writer's subjective assessment of better and best, these lists are based on hard numbers derived from the reading habits of HCPL's nearly 7 million cardholders in 2019. The critics will tell you what they and a handful of in-the-know literati read in 2019. The lists below show you the titles that people were talking about in grocery store checkout lines, on the playgrounds and street corners of Harris County, Texas.

So, without further ado, Harris County Public Library presents the Year in Reading: Our Annual List of the Year's Most Circulated Books. 

five of the top ten adult fiction books 2019

Top Ten Most Checked Out Adult Fiction Books in 2019

  1. Where the Crawdads Sing  by Delia Owens
  2. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
  3. The Reckoning by John Grisham
  4. Long Road to Mercy  by David Baldacci
  5. Past Tense by Lee Child
  6. Redemption by David Baldacci
  7. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
  8. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
  9. The Chef  by James Patterson
  10. The Woman in the Window  by A.J. Finn

Top Ten Most Checked Out Adult Nonfiction Books in 2019

  1. The Library Book by Susan Orlean
  2. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  3. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
  4. Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis
  5. You Are a Bad Ass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
  6. The Keto Diet: The Complete Guide to a High Fat Diet by Leanne Vogel
  7. The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Idea West by David McCullough
  8. Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave by Joanna Gaines
  9. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown
  10. The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in "Healthy" Foods that Cause Disease and Weight Gain by Steven R. Gundry


Top Ten Most Checked out Young Adult Fiction Books in 2019

  1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  2. Rebound by Kwame Alexander
  3. Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
  4. Dork Diaries by Rachel Renée Russell
  5. Watchdog by Will McIntosh
  6. Turtles All the Way Down  by John Green
  7. The Hidden Oracle by   Riordan, Rick
  8. The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan
  9. Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter
  10. One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus


 Top Ten Most Checked out Young Adult Nonfiction Books in 2019

  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne
  2. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald by J.K. Rowling
  3. Guinness World Records.             
  4. Shout: A Poetry Manual by Laurie Halse Anderson
  5. Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett Krosoczka
  6. Game on!: Video Game History from Pong and Pac-Man to Mario, Minecraft, and More by Dustin Hansen
  7. The Book of No Worries: A Survival Guide for Growing Up by Lizzie Cox
  8. The Self-Esteem Habit for Teens : 50 Simple Ways to Build Your Confidence Every Day by Lisa M Schab
  9. The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life by Kwame Alexander
  10. WWE: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know by Steve Pantaleo
five of the top ten kids fiction books of 2019

Top Ten Most Checked Out Children's Fiction Books in 2019

  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  2. Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  3. Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go to School by Julie Falatka
  4. Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech
  5. The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris
  6. The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty
  7. Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal by Jeff Kinney
  8. Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
  9. Mr. Gedrick and Me by Patrick Carman
  10. Captain Superlative by J.S. Puller

Top Ten Most Checked Out Children's Nonfiction Books in 2019

  1. The Boo-Boos that Changed the World: A True Story About an Accidental Invention (Really!) by Barry Wittenstein
  2. Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
  3. Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams by Lesa Cline-Ransome
  4. Garfield Cooks Up Trouble by Jim Davis
  5. Garfield Chickens Out by Jim Davis
  6. Who Am I? An Animal Guessing Game by Steve Jenkins
  7. What Do They Do with All that Poo? by Jane Kurtz
  8. Minecraft: Guide to Redstone by Graig Jelley
  9. LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: The Awesome Guide by Cavan Scott
  10. Grand Canyon by Jason Chin






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