The Most Borrowed Books of 2019

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Monday, December 23, 2019

Check out our Most Borrowed books of 2019 list to fill your holiday season with literacy, light and joy!

Readers in Surrey like a good thriller as several mysteries and thrillers topped the list of adult fiction books that were the most borrowed from the library in 2019.

If you’re in the mood for a crime thriller, Surrey Libraries staff recommend David Baldacci’s Redemption or Long Road to Mercy. Surprisingly, older titles including George Orwell’s classic dystopia 1984, eerie parable Animal Farm, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, and J.D. Salinger’s classic teen angst novel Catcher in the Rye also made the most borrowed list.  

Here’s the top 20 adult fiction books borrowed from Surrey Libraries in 2019:

Rank

Book Title

Author

1

Where the Crawdads Sing

Delia Owens

2

Past Tense

Lee Child

3

Dark Sacred Night

Michael Connelly

4

The Reckoning

John Grisham

5

1984

George Orwell

6

Kingdom of the Blind

Louise Penny

7

Long Road to Mercy

David Baldacci

8

Tattooist of Auschwitz

Heather Morris

9

Clockmakers Daughter

Kate Morton

10

Nine Perfect Strangers

Liane Moriarty

11

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee

12

Crazy Rich Asians

Kevin Kwan

13

Redemption

David Baldacci

14

A Spark of Light

Jodi Picoult

15

Washington Black

Esi Edugyan

16

The Great Alone

Kristin Hannah

17

Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury

18

A Better Man

Louise Penny

19

Animal Farm

George Orwell

20

Catcher in the Rye

J.D. Salinger

People interested in borrowing any of these titles can find the complete list and check for their availability online or below.

If there isn’t something on the list of the most borrowed books in 2019 that is of interest, Surrey Libraries staff have also put together their picks of the best titles from 2019 called Fireside Reads for Winter. The list and availability of titles can be found online or below.

Surrey Libraries also has eBooks and eAudiobooks available for patrons to download and read on their phones or tablets. Visit www.surreylibraries.ca to find a title that interests you!

Here’s the top 15 eBooks borrowed from Surrey Libraries in 2019:

Rank

eBook Title

Author

1

Little Fires Everywhere

Celeste Ng

2

Past tense

Lee Child

3

The Reckoning

John Grisham

4

Nine Perfect Strangers

Liane Moriarty

5

Long Road to Mercy

David Baldacci

6

Dark Sacred Night

Michael Connelly

7

Becoming

Michelle Obama

8

Educated

Tara Westover

9

The Wife between Us

Greer Hendricks

10

Where the Crawdads Sing

Delia Owens

11

Tattooist of Auschwitz

Heather Morris

12

The Rooster Bar

John Grisham

13

Kingdom of the Blind

Louise Penny

14

The Great Alone

Kristin Hannah

15

The Fallen

David Baldacci

About Surrey Libraries

Surrey Libraries is a valued community institution and one of the most-used community services in Surrey. The Library welcomes around 2.7 million visits to its nine branches each year, and over two million visits to its online resources. Surrey Libraries runs hundreds of programs and services for children, youth, and adults to support their diverse learning needs. Serving the community since 1983, Surrey Libraries strives to be a leader in supporting creativity, connectivity, literacy, and lifelong learning. Find out more about Surrey Libraries and our diverse programming at www.surreylibraries.ca.

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