Most Popular Montgomery County Public Library Books of 2020

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Montgomery County Public Libraries has announced its most popular adult fiction and nonfiction books that were borrowed in 2020.

Among the most borrowed fiction books are Celest Ng’s “Little Fires Everywhere,” Amor Towles’ “A Gentleman in Moscow,” and Anthony Doerr’s “All the Light We Cannot See.” In 2019, “Little Fires Everywhere” and “A Gentleman in Moscow” also topped the most borrowed fiction books list.

Tara Westover’s memoir “Educated” was the most borrowed nonfiction book in 2020; in 2019 it was the third most borrowed nonfiction book. Like in 2019, Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” is the second most borrowed nonfiction book of 2020. Comedian Trevor Noah’s memoir “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” was the most popular MCPL book in 2019, but in 2020 it ranked third.

Authors Kristin Hannah and Colson Whitehead have two books respectively that appear on the most borrowed adult fiction list: Hannah’s “The Nightingale” ranked seventh on the list and “The Great Alone” ranked 15th on the list (these two books also appeared on the 2019 list); Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad” ranked sixth on the list and “The Nickel Boys” ranked 18th.

Check out some of the most popular library books in Montgomery County from 2020.

Most Borrowed Adult Fiction in Montgomery County

  1. “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng (2017)
  2. “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles (2016)
  3. “All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel” by Anthony Doerr (2014)
  4. “The Dutch House” by Ann Patchett (2019)
  5. “The Woman in the Window” by A. J. Finn (2017)
  6. “The Underground Railroad: A Novel” by Colson Whitehead (2016)
  7. “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah (2015)
  8. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens  (2018)
  9. “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones (2018)
  10. “City of Girls” by Elizabeth Gilbert (2020)
  11. “Olive, Again” by Elizabeth Strout (2019)
  12. “One Good Deed” by David Baldacci (2019)
  13. “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee (2017)
  14. “The Night Fire” by Michael Connelly (2019)
  15. “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah (2017)
  16. “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)
  17. “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho (1988)
  18. “The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead (2019)
  19. “The Guardians” by John Grisham (2019)
  20. “Unsheltered” by Barbara Kingsolver (2018)

Most Borrowed Adult Nonfiction in Montgomery County

  1. “Educated” by Tara Westover (2018)
  2. “Becoming” by Michelle Obama (2018)
  3. “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” by Trevor Noah (2016)
  4. “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean (2017)
  5. “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015)
  6. “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J. D. Vance (2016)
  7. “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert T. Kiyosaki (20th Anniversary Edition) (1997)
  8. Official TOEFL iBT Tests
  9. “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change” by Stephen R. Covey (1988)
  10. “A Random Walk Down Wall Street: The Time-Tested Strategy for Successful Investing” by Burton G. Malkiel (2019)
  11. “Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams” by Matthew Walker (2017)
  12. “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance” by Angela Duckworth (2016)
  13. “Salt, Fat, Acid ‘Heat’: The Four Elements of Good Cooking” by Samin Nosrat (2017)
  14. “Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right” by Jamie Glowacki (2011)
  15. “What Color Is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers” by Richard Nelson Bolles (1970)
  16. “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” by David Grann (2017)
  17. “Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love” by Dani Shapiro (2019)
  18. “How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease” by Michael Greger (2015)
  19. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou (1969)
  20. “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” by Atul Gawande (2014)

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Deirdre Byrne

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Deirdre Byrne is a social media coordinator for Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at dbyrne@mymcmedia.org or on twitter at @DeirdreByrneMCM.

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