Welcome to part 2 of our Top 10 Checkouts list! You can find part 1 HERE and our entire list HERE! Our non-fiction collection needed its’ own blog to truly give you a sense of what our readers were enjoying this past year. Sometimes fiction is more popular than non-fiction but these top 10’s prove that reality can be more stimulating and interesting to read! Continue on to discover something new!
Matthew McConaughey’s memoir, Greenlights, is a testament to the type of person he is (aren’t all memoirs?) but the difference is that Matthew definitely has the gift of the gab. His smooth, country-filled, light-hearted voice certainly makes his audiobook wickedly popular as he recounts tales of his life. Some tales get a bit too personal according to some of our readers so keep that in mind before checking this one out. While most of the hype around the book is mixed, it’s enough to make this number one on our top checkouts!
Caste: the origins of our discontent has caused quite a stir centered mostly around politics. While I won’t lean one way or the other I will say that most readers thoroughly enjoyed the book and found that it accurately described the reality of how African-Americans and Black Americans suffer and live in America today. Once the book was read, opinions flew the book to new heights as people disagreed with the authors set “pillars” of how society works. This book is worth the read if you really want a thought-provoking and passionate read.
Another memoir that made it to the top 3 was Obama’s A Promised Land. Extremely popular with both sides of the table, Obama provides an account of some of his time growing up and a lot of what goes into being the number one big guy in office (The presidential office of course). While the majority of our top 10’s have some form of controversy surrounding them that pushed them to the top of their genre checkouts, this book was mostly a favored release.
Once again, the power of the buzz behind the book is what propelled it to one of the top spots on our list. Think Again: the power of knowing what you don’t know is a narrative about thinking beyond your comfort zone and even going further to second guess each thought you might have. While a lot of readers enjoyed the psychology of thinking and rethinking things that might not be the right answer to begin with, others thought the book to be quite a bit of fluff and argued the author was not the intellectual he came off to be. Pick this book up to find out for yourself which it is!
Educated: a memoir is one of the most hated AND one of the most loved books out right now. Many critically acclaimed people and authors, including Obama and Bill Gates, have written of their love for the book but some of our patrons have trouble seeing some of the statements made in the authors’ memoir as an actual reality that occurred (even though experience is subjective). The author paints a fairly descriptive world of her youth and the life she lived as a daughter to a “Doomsday prepper”. Whether you believe the tale or not, this book’s success is based in reality as reviewers continue to spread the word.
Top 10 Most Checked Out Adult Nonfiction in 2021
- 1. Greenlights / McConaughey, Matthew,
- 2. Caste : the Origins of Our Discontents / Wilkerson, Isabel,
- 3. A Promised Land / Obama, Barack,
- 4. Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know/ Grant, Adam,
- 5. Educated : A Memoir / Westover, Tara
- 6. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote for Chaos / Peterson, Jordan B.
- 7. The Bomber Mafia : a Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War / Gladwell, Malcolm,
- 8. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse / Mackesy, Charlie
- 9. Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results; An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones / Clear, James,
- 10. The Premonition : A Pandemic Story / Lewis, Michael (Michael M.)
One of the few books on our list that have as close to a 5 stars as you can get, Honeybee: the busy life of Apis Mellifera is one children’s’ book that you absolutely have to see! Readers agree that they were surprised because they felt as though books on honeybees have been done to death but this one provided a new perspective on the life of the bee. With amazing artwork and great detail on the short lifespan of this bee, it’s no wonder this is at the top of our Juvenile Non-fiction list!
With many of us being stuck in isolation this past year, our young readers decided to get a better grasp on one of the most popular children’s games out right now. Minecraft: guide to survival is a walkthrough on what kinds of in-game predators there are, how you can defeat them, what you can use to progress in the game, and many other things! On the opposite side, Minecraft for beginners came in at 5th on our top checkouts for those who now had some time and wanted to START to get into the game.
I’ll be honest with this one, Packs: strength in numbers was on our top checkouts list but I couldn’t tell you why. Reviews aren’t wholly positive but they aren’t altogether bad either. The story, which focuses on different types of animals that create packs and band together to survive, tries to relate that message to humans and how we might create our own packs to survive. It is indeed a good message but some of our readers think the message gets lost across the book at times. Check it out for yourself to see what it is all about!
National Geographic kids’ almanac 2021 does not come as a surprise on our list. This book has some of the most interesting and informative works that are updated yearly! I don’t have to say much about this one if you used to read National Geographic magazines when you were younger, like myself, but it’s still something that every child should get a hold of at least once in their time learning how to read and discovering things.
Top 10 Most Checked Out Children's Nonfiction in 2021
- 1. Honeybee : the Busy Life of Apis mellifera / Fleming, Candace,
- 2. Minecraft : Guide to Survival / Milton, Stephanie,
- 3. Packs : Strength in Numbers / Salyer, Hannah
- 4. National Geographic Kids Almanac 2021.
- 5. Minecraft for Beginners / Milton, Stephanie,
- 6. Battle Royale : 5 books in 1! / Pallotta, Jerry
- 7. Pass Go and Collect $200 : The Real Story of How Monopoly Was Invented / Stone, Tanya Lee,
- 8. What Do You Do If You Work at the Zoo? / Jenkins, Steve,
- 9. Dinosaur!: Dinosaurs and Other Amazing Prehistoric Creatures as You've Never Seen Them Before / Woodward, John,
- 10. Minecraft : Guide to Ocean Survival / Milton, Stephanie,
The unofficial ultimate Harry Potter spellbook: a complete guide to every spell in the wizarding world. Need I say more? Yes? Ok, I will. The 20th anniversary of Harry Potters’ movie release was this past year and, with all the hype, readers flocked to pick this spellbound book up to dust off their knowledge of the series' favored magicks. Although Harry Potter is normally extremely popular year-round since it’s inception, this past year really brought the “Potter-heads” out in droves once again. Cast your own spell for the new year and make this book appear right where you need it! IN YOUR HANDS!
They call me Guero: a border kid’s poem is a refreshing group of poems made by a young man living on the border of Mexico and the US. It’s excitingly new as there is no race to save the world or super relatable mischief. The author is neither the hero nor the villain of this book; rather, he is just a kid who is writing about things that happen to him to cope with situations out of his control. In this story there is no big plot on how he came to be the most liked or most hated and no big reveal on some underlying plot. It’s just a book about a young man’s life that happened to have a few more struggles than most. It is a very easy read and one that most children will understand for what it is.
It’s not a surprise that a book about flaws in our justice system, inequality, and exploring the capital punishment system has landed on our top checkouts. No choirboy: murder, violence, and teenagers on death row is a book that follows men in the prison system that were sentenced to death as teenagers and were later taken off of death row as a result. It delves into some serious intricacies about how flawed our justice system really is and how witness testimony can’t always be relied on. This one’s a must read.
Drawing cute manga chibi: a beginner’s guide to drawing super cute characters! That’s the whole title and it says all you need to know. At the very least it says all you should want to know should you want to learn about how to draw chibi figures upon getting into manga/anime. Our teens love to get creative so at least one book on how to DIY (Do-it-yourself) is expected on our tops’ list! This a great introduction into smaller figures and it really helps! Just ask the tons of drawings that we see lying around the library or being shown to us in our Young Adults area!
Celebrate your body: (and its changes, too!) is a body positive, albeit explicit, book on reaching and navigating puberty for prepubescent girls. Although I have not read it myself, the reviews for the book have been mostly stellar. Most readers agree that the timeline, the helping with the dos/don’ts of social media, and handling situations with friends was excellently written and that they wish they had had it when they were a young girl themselves. It does explicitly talk openly about the body, hormones, genetics, and sex so if that’s not your cup of tea then I suggest you pass on it. Otherwise, it’s one of the most helpful and informative puberty books out there!
Top Ten Most Checked Out YA Non-Fiction in 2021
Top 10 Most Checked Out YA Nonfiction in 2021
- 1. The Unofficial Ultimate Harry Potter Spellbook: A Complete Guide to Every Spell in the Wizarding World.
- 2. They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid's Poems / Bowles, David (David O.)
- 3. No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row / Kuklin, Susan
- 4. Drawing Cute Manga Chibi: A Beginner's Guide to Drawing Super Cute Characters / Hamamoto, Ryūsuke
- 5. Celebrate Your Body (and It's Changes, Too!) / Taylor, Sonya Renee
- 6. The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth: Understanding Our World and its Ecosystems / Ignotofsky, Rachel
- 7. Five Nights at Freddy's: The Freddy Files (Based on the Series Five Nights at Freddy's / Cawthon, Scott
- 8. BTS: the Ultimate Fan Book: Experience the K-pop Phenomenon! / Croft, Malcolm
- 9. Caught!: Nabbing History's Most Wanted/ Bragg, Georgia
- 10. The Baking Bookbook for Teens : 75 Delicious Recipes for Sweet & Savory Treats / Donovan, Robin
So, there you have it! The top 10 checkout's in each genre with a small tidbit about the book. Did any of them catch your fancy? Which of these books will you be picking up??? Comment below on which book surprised you the most!