The New York Public Library's 10 Most Checked-Out Books of 2019

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With 92 locations, about 17 million patrons, and more than 55 million items, the New York Public Library (NYPL) system is just as strong as the stone lions that flank the entrance to its main branch at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.

Considering how many books there are to choose from—and how different people’s preferences can be—it seems like it’s anyone’s guess as to which ones were checked out most often this year. Luckily for us, we don’t even have to guess: The NYPL just shared its top 10 list.

The top spot went to Michelle Obama’s memoir Becoming, which has captivated readers around the nation since its release in November 2018. If you’re a frequent subway rider, this news probably doesn’t surprise you—it seems like there’s always at least one person reading it in every train car.

The runner-up, Educated: A Memoir, is Tara Westover’s story of leaving her survivalist family in the mountains of Idaho to pursue a college education, though she had never previously set foot in a classroom. Ironically, Barack Obama named it one of his favorite books of 2018 (though Becoming, of course, was at the top of his list).

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng came in third—up three spots from last year’s list—followed by Jodi Picoult’s latest novel, A Spark of Light, in the fourth spot.

Also in the top 10 is Delia Owens’s debut novel Where the Crawdads Sing, a book that evidently prompted people to wonder what a crawdad actually is: Merriam-Webster included crawdad on its annual list of most-searched words.

In summary, New Yorkers have pretty great taste in literature. See the full list below, and check out some more must-read books here.

  1. Becoming // Michelle Obama ($12)
  2. Educated: A Memoir // Tara Westover ($14)
  3. Little Fires Everywhere // Celeste Ng ($10)
  4. A Spark of Light // Jodi Picoult ($10)
  5. Where the Crawdads Sing // Delia Owens ($10)
  6. Pachinko // Min Jin Lee ($9)
  7. Circe // Madeline Miller ($15)
  8. Nine Perfect Strangers // Liane Moriarty ($13)
  9. Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup // John Carreyrou ($16)
  10. Milkman // Anna Burns ($8)

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Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

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Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

Funko
Funko

Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

Funko Pop!/Amazon

Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

This article contains affiliate links to products selected by our editors. Mental Floss may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.