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APL reveals Airdrie's top 10

Airdrie Public Library reveals the top 10 fiction and nonfiction books Airdronians read in 2019. Photo Submitted/For Airdrie City View

January is that time of year where the top-10 lists of everything and anything start making the rounds.

You’ve likely already seen them on your social media feeds; a fresh year just seems to beg for a bit of reflection on the year that was.

What were the top 10 movies or TV programs, or fiction and nonfiction books?

What were the top 10 strangest things stolen in Canada?

Yes, there is such a list, and it includes a dunk tank, various statues, and a cuddling goat.

Well, here at Airdrie Public Library (APL), we have jumped on the top-10 bandwagon with our own list of what Airdrie's adults borrowed the most in 2019.

While it doesn’t include a comfort pet, it does reveal something about our community: we have wide and diverse interests.

The top circulating adult fiction among our patrons was The Reckoning by John Grisham, which was borrowed 150 times in 2019.

Second place was a three-way tie between Michael Connelly’s Dark Sacred Night, Nicholas Sparks’ Every Breath, and Lee Child’s Past Tense with 142 borrows each.

These were followed up by Louise Penny’s Kingdom of the Blind (126), Liane Moriarty’s Nine Perfect Strangers (123), David Baldacci’s Long Road to Mercy (110), James Patterson’s Ambush (108), Jodi Picoult’s A Spark of Light (106), and Nora Roberts’ Connections in Death (102).

The adult nonfiction category saw Michelle Obama’s Becoming take first place with 101 borrows.

This was followed by Megan Tamte’s Girl, Wash Your Face (97), Joanna Gaines’  Homebody (71), Tara Westover’s Educated (66), Sally Field’s In Pieces (65), Bob Woodward’s Fear – Trump in the Whitehouse (62), Rachel Hollis’ Girl, Stop Apologizing (55), Stephen Harper’s Right Here, Right Now (53), Scott 2019 (stamp collecting) (51), and the Guinness Book of World Records (49).

Stamp collecting, world records – who knew?

Don’t forget to stop by the library to view our first joint art display of the year by Airdrie’s Dulcie Sinclair and Duane Erickson.

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