Arlington’s Favorite Things in 2017

We posted about our top e-books & e-audiobooks of 2017 earlier this week and that made us wonder…  What physical media was popular in Arlington?  How does it differ from the e-content?  Check out the results below!

Adult Books:

  1. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance
  2. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  3. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  4. The Trespasser by Tana French
  5. Maine by Courtney Sullivan
  6. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
  7. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  8. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  9. Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
  10. Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt

A lot of repeat titles from our e-book top 10, including Hillbilly Elegy, The Underground Railroad, Commonwealth, and A Man Called Ove.  Our 2017 community read Becoming Nicole also managed to make the list at the #10 spot!

Teen Books:

  1. Rules by Cynthia Lord
  2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (2 way tie)
  3. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (2 way tie)
  4. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (3 way tie)
  5. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo (3 way tie)
  6. The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (3 way tie)
  7. The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie Sue Hitchcock
  8. Gabi, A Girl In Pieces by Isabel Quintero
  9. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  10. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

The Hunger Games trilogy stays strong with all three books in the top 5.  The Hate U Give comes in at #9 in Arlington – this book has spend 41 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list for Young Adult fiction, and a good number of those weeks were in the #1 spot!  It seems like some of our book groups, like the Not-So-Young-Adult Book Group (NSYA) and Queer Book Group (QBG) had an impact on our teen list.  If I Was Your Girl, The Inexplicable Logic of My Life, and Gabi, A Girl In Pieces were all book group picks this past year.

Children’s Books:

  1. My New Friend Is So Fun! by Mo Willems
  2. Elephants Cannot Dance! by Mo Willems
  3. Let’s Go For A Drive! by Mo Willems
  4. The Thank You Book by Mo Willems
  5. I Really Like Slop! by Mo Willems
  6. I Will Take A Nap! by Mo Willems
  7. I Love My New Toy! by Mo Willems
  8. Smile by Rania Telgemeier
  9. I Am Invited To A Party! by Mo Willems
  10. Pigs Make Me Sneeze! by Mo Willems

All we  can say about this list is… wow!  Arlington really loves Elephant & Piggie!  Shout out to Smile for being the only other book to make the children’s list!


  1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
  2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
  3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
  4. Pimsleur Spanish I A & I B: The Complete Course
  5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling (tie)
  7. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis (tie)
  8. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  9. Three Tales of My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
  10. Pimsleur Spanish II: The Complete Course

We were surprised to find that no Harry Potter titles made our top e-audiobooks, but that’s because Arlingtonians apparently prefer to listen to those on CD!  Learning Spanish via Pimsleur is the other standout on our audiobook list.  Check out Mango & Rosetta Stone online if you’re interested in a more interactive language learning experience!  Free for Arlington patrons – you just need your library card & password to access them from the comfort of your own home!

Graphic Novel series:

  1. Chi’s Sweet Home
  2. Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures
  3. Fairy Tail
  4. Saga
  5. Fruits Basket (tie)
  6. Case Closed (tie)
  7. Fullmetal Alchemist
  8. InuYasha
  9. Soul Eater
  10. Dragon Ball Z

Manga was big in 2017 – especially classic titles like Fruits Basket, Case Closed, Fullmetal Alchemist, InuYasha, & Dragon Ball ZSaga is the only title from the adult graphic novel collection to crack the top 10, and Chi’s Sweet Home tops the list as the only children’s title in the bunch.


  1. Manchester by the Sea
  2. La La Land
  3. Moana
  4. Moonlight
  5. Arrival
  6. Hidden Figures
  7. The Secret Life of Pets (tie)
  8. Rogue One (tie)
  9. Fences
  10. Game of Thrones Season 6

The Massachusetts based & Oscar winning Manchester by the Sea takes the top spot for DVDs.  Oscar winner for best picture Moonlight only manages 4th place in Arlington. (Maybe a lot of Arlingtonians saw it during one of the two theatrical runs it had?)  The 6th season of Game of Thrones squeaks onto to list at #10 – the only TV series to manage this feat!

Video Games:

  1. Super Smash Bros (WiiU)
  2. Splatoon (WiiU)
  3. Super Mario Maker (WiiU)
  4. Mario Party 10 (WiiU)
  5. Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)
  6. Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)
  7. LEGO Batman (Wii)
  8. LEGO Harry Potter Years 5 – 7 (Wii)
  9. Wii Sports Resort (Wii) (tie)
  10. Mario Kart 8 (WiiU) (tie)
  11. Pokken Tournament (WiiU) (tie)

Family friendly Wii & WiiU games dominated the top 10, despite the Switch coming out in March this year.  Did you know that you can check out a Switch console from the Children’s Room DIY collection? (Even if you aren’t a child & have no children!)  You wouldn’t know it from this top 10, but we’ve also got video games for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, & Switch that you can check out across our adult, teen, and children’s video game collections!

Music CDs:

  1. Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
  2. 25 by Adele
  3. Moana soundtrack
  4. The Lion King (Original Broadway Cast Recording) (tie)
  5. X by Ed Sheeran (tie)
  6. Frozen soundtrack (tie)
  7. Now That’s What I Call Disney Princess
  8. A Head Full of Dreams by Coldplay (tie)
  9. Disney Icon Volume 1 (tie)
  10. Disney Icon Volume 2 (tie)

Hamilton tops our music CD list, which is otherwise mostly populated by Disney music.  Adele was the biggest pop artist this year in Arlington at #2, followed by Ed Sheeran & Coldplay.

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