Top e-books and audiobooks in 2017

Recently, Bustle published a list of Audible’s most listened-to audiobooks of 2017, and I wondered if it matched up with library patrons’ use of audiobooks and e-books through Overdrive.

Here are the top ten most-checked-out titles at the Arlington libraries from January 1, 2017 to today:

Cover image The Girl on the TrainE-books

  1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  2. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
  3. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  4. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
  5. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
  6. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  7. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  8. My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
  9. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  10. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

AudiobooksCover image of All the Light We Cannot See

  1. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  2. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
  3. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
  4. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  5. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  6. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
  7. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
  8. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  9. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  10. 1984 by George Orwell

What conclusions can we draw from the library lists compared to the Audible list? For one thing, library users have already read/listened to all the Harry Potter books. (Though Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, released in July 2017, was the eleventh most checked-out e-book, so it’s certainly not that we don’t love Harry…just that we probably have all the books committed to memory already.)

Did you use the library’s digital collection this year? Which e-book or audiobook was your favorite?

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1 Response to Top e-books and audiobooks in 2017

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