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Published on Thursday, December 21, 2017

San Antonio Loves Harry Potter, Wimpy Kids, and Tidying Up

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San Antonio Loves Harry Potter, Wimpy Kids, and Tidying Up

Mysteries, how-tos, and popular series top the list of San Antonio Public Library’s most popular check outs of 2017

SAN ANTONIO (December 21, 2017) - San Antonio Public Library celebrated an exciting milestone in 2017 - the checkout of the system’s four millionth digital item, and the number is growing daily. In fiscal year 2017, San Antonio Public Library card holders checked out approximately 7.2 million items. Of those check outs, 17% were digital items. The Library added nearly 30,000 titles to the collection in 2017, including new titles and additional copies of card holder favorites. Mysteries and whodunits dominated the list of San Antonio Public Library’s most popular adult fiction check outs (print) of 2017. When it came to adult non-fiction, San Antonio was interested in World War II, tidying up, and studying for the GED. Kids, tweens, and teens’ reading list was dominated by the popular series Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Digital checkouts included similar titles and topics as print checkouts, in a mix of format preferences (eBook or eAudiobook). The list also illustrated San Antonio’s continued love of Harry Potter.

Check out the lists below of this year’s most popular check outs. You can also access digital copies at bit.ly/SAPLtoptitles2017.

Most Popular Adult Fiction - Print


Title Author
1 The Whistler John Grisham
2 Never Never James Patterson
3 Cross the Line James Patterson
4 Camino Island John Grisham
5 Night School : a Jack Reacher novel Lee Child
6 The Wrong side of Goodbye Michael Connelly
7 The Fix David Baldacci
8 No Man’s Land David Baldacci
9 Two by Two Nicholas Sparks
10 Turbo Twenty-Three: a Stephanie Plum novel Janet Evanovich

Most Popular Adult Non-Fiction - Print


title author
1 The Train to Crystal City : FDR's Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America's Only Family Internment Camp During World War II Jan Jarboe Russell
2 Guinness World Records 2017
3 How To Prepare for the GED® Test Christopher Sharpe
4 Hillbilly Elegy : a Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis J.D. Vance
5 Killing the Rising Sun : How America Vanquished World War II Japan Bill O'Reilly
6 The Magnolia Story Chip Gaines
7 The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up : the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing Marie Kondō
8 Follow the Moon Home : a Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred Sea Turtles Philippe Cousteau
9 Spark Joy : an Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up Marie Kondō
10 Ada's Violin : the Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay Susan Hood

Most Popular Young Adult Fiction- Print


title author
1 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down Jeff Kinney
2 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School Jeff Kinney
3 Diary of a Wimpy Kid : the Long Haul Jeff Kinney
4 The Thank You Book Mo Willems
5 Diary of a Wimpy Kid : Cabin Fever Jeff Kinney
6 Diary of a Wimpy Kid : Hard Luck Jeff Kinney
7 Diary of a Wimpy Kid : the Last Straw Jeff Kinney
8 Diary of a Wimpy Kid : Dog Days Jeff Kinney
9 I Really Like Slop! Mo Willems
10 Diary of a Wimpy Kid : the Ugly Truth Jeff Kinney

Most Popular Digital Check Outs- Fiction


title author Format
1 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Harry Potter Series, Book 1 (unabridged) J.K. Rowling eAudiobook
2 The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood eBook
3 The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins eAudiobook
4 The Whistler: A Novel John Grisham
eBook
5 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Harry Potter Series, Book 1 J.K. Rowling eBook
6 The Girl Who Drank the Moon Kelly Barnhill eBook
7 The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins eBook
8 A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire Series, Book 1 (unabridged) George R. R. Martin eAudiobook
9 Night School: Jack Reacher series, Book 21 Lee Child eAudiobook
10 Thirteen Reasons Why Jay Asher eBook

Most Popular Digital Check Outs- Non Fiction

Title Author Format
1 The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (unabridged) Marie Kondo eAudiobook
2 The Train to Crystal City Jan Jarboe Russell eBook
3 You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life (unabridged) Jan Sincero eAudiobook
4 The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story (unabridged) Diane Ackerman
eAudiobook
5 Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis J.D. Vance eBook
6 The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo Amy Schumer eAudiobook
7 The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing Marie Kondo eBook
8 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Stephen Covey eAudiobook
9 Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (unabridged) Brené Brown eAudiobook
10 Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race Margot Lee Shetterly eBook
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