What Washingtonians Read in 2017

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What Washingtonians Read in 2017

DC Public Library Releases Most Popular List for the Year

From Ta-Nehisi Coates to Ke$ha, Washingtonians had diverse reading and music interests this year. Of the more than 4 million items borrowed or downloaded from the DC Public Library, these are the most popular titles by type and format.

Top 10 Fiction Books
  1. The Girls” by Emma Cline
  2. The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt
  3. The Handmaid's Tale” by Margaret Atwood
  4. Commonwealth” by Ann Patchett
  5. The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead
  6. The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins
  7. Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  8. 1984” by George Orwell
  9. Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel
  10. A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara
Top 10 Non-Fiction Books
  1. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J.D. Vance
  2. Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  3. Modern Romance” by Aziz Ansari
  4. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo
  5. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead” by Brene Brown
  6. Yes Please” by Amy Poehler
  7. Why Not Me?” by Mindy Kaling
  8. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo” by Amy Schumer
  9. Hamilton: The Revolution” by Lin-Manuel Miranda
  10.  “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania” by Erik Larson
With more than a million downloads of e-books, video, audio and magazines, the Library's digital offerings are organized into four categories on our GoDigital page: Watch, Read, Listen and Learn.
 
Watch

Top 5 Criterion films streamed through Criterion Collection
  1. 8 1/2
  2. Black Orpheus
  3. 400 Blows
  4. Rashomon
  5. Seven Samurai
Top 5 Films streamed through InstantFlix
  1. “Chef de Meute”
  2. “The Red Balloon”
  3. “The Messenger”
  4. “If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front”
  5. “Sid and Nancy”
Read

Top 10 Fiction eBooks  
  1. The Girls” by Emma Cline
  2. The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt
  3. The Handmaid's Tale” by Margaret Atwood
  4. Commonwealth” by Ann Patchett
  5. The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead
  6. The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins
  7. Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  8. Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel
  9. A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara
  10.  “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi
Top 10 Non-Fiction eBooks
  1. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J.D. Vance
  2. Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  3. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo
  4. Why Not Me?” by Mindy Kahling
  5. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo” by Amy Schumer
  6. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania” by Erik Larson
  7. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” by Trevor Noah
  8. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race” by Margot Lee Shetterly
  9. When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi
  10. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” by Matthew Desmond
Top 5 Magazines downloaded through RBdigital Magazines
  1. The Economist
  2. The New Yorker
  3. The Atlantic
  4. Newsweek
  5. New York magazine
Listen

Top 10 Fiction Audiobooks 
  1. 1984” by George Orwell
  2. All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr
  3. The Hopefuls” by Jennifer Close
  4. The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead
  5. My Brilliant Friend” by Elena Ferrante
  6. The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins
  7. The Girls” by Emma Cline
  8. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone” by J.K. Rowling
  9. The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt
  10.  “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee
Top 10 Non-Fiction Audiobooks
  1. Modern Romance” by Aziz Ansari
  2. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead” by Brene Brown
  3. Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  4. Yes Please” by Amy Poehler
  5. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J.D. Vance
  6. Hamilton: The Revolution” by Lin-Manuel Miranda
  7. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo
  8. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
  9. Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow
  10. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo” by Amy Schumer
Top 10 Digital Music Downloads from Freegal Music
  1. “Something Just Like This” The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
  2. “What About Us” P!nk
  3. “Praying” Ke$ha
  4. “Say You Won't Let Go” James Arthur
  5. “Paris” The Chainsmokers
  6. “Sign of the Times” Harry Styles
  7. “Unforgettable” French Montana feat. Swae Lee
  8. “Closer” Kings of Leon
  9. “Play That Song” Train
  10. “Malibu” Miley Cyrus
Learn

Top 5 Courses taken through Lynda.com
  1. Programming Foundations: Fundamentals
  2. HTML Essential Training
  3. JavaScript Essential Training
  4. Illustrator CC 2017 One-on-One Fundamentals
  5. Photoshop CC 2017 One-on-One: Fundamentals
Top 5 Languages learned through Mango Languages
  1. Spanish, Latin American
  2. French
  3. Arabic, Levantine
  4. Italian
  5. Japanese