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Boston Public Library’s Top Borrowed Titles of 2017

by rlavery

top titlesBoston Public Library’s top borrowed adult titles of 2017 feature a range of acclaimed, prize-winning, and bestselling works by talented writers.

“Bostonians continue to value staying up to date with popular media and culture; three of our top ten books were recently adapted to film or television, while Hillbilly Elegy addresses current political and social issues,” said Jessica Tackett MacDonald, Collection Development Librarian. “Cardholders also love a good Pulitzer Prize winner: The Underground Railroad, All the Light We Cannot See, and The Goldfinch were all given this honor.”

Top Borrowed Adult Titles:

  1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  2. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  3. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  4. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
  5. A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman
  6. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
  7. The Girls by Emma Cline
  8. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
  9. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  10. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Additional top titles lists are available for children and teens.

Titles are available in many formats; stop by and borrow one today or reserve your copy online at

In 2017, the BPL added 82,911 new library card holders, loaned more than 4.9 million items, and had 1.6 million downloads of e-books and audiobooks. Anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in Massachusetts may have a library card. Visit any BPL location for a card or sign up for an e-card.

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