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February 2020

Top 10 lists of 2019

Discover the titles checked out the most from the library last year. Long-time favorite authors like John Sandford and Janet Evanovich were joined by Delia Owens and Celeste Ng on our top 10 fiction list.

Last year, there was high interest in titles like William Kent Krueger’s “Desolation Mountain” across formats. It made the audiobooks list and the fiction list. Types of nonfiction included self-improvement, history and memoir, with Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” topping the nonfiction list.

See more lists on our website to learn what was popular with preschoolers, children and teens, as well our top 10 most popular DVDs and music CDs.

Top 10 lists of 2019

Featured lists

African American book lists

February is Black History Month but both our African American fiction and nonfiction lists highlight the contributions and achievements of African Americans year round. Explore the Black experience in the United States through these novels, biographies and histories. 

African American fiction and nonfiction book covers

Online resources

Short Story Index

Find short stories by author, title, genre, subject and other key words. The detailed indexing helps you locate where stories were published and includes some full-text stories. They come from collections and anthologies published each year going back to 1984 in all literary genres.

Short Story Index

Tips and tricks

Borrowing history

Enable borrowing history if you want to automatically track your items as you return them. The items are listed by the date you returned them, most recent first, and the list is kept indefinitely. You can sort them by return date, title, author and format. It's not possible to add other items to borrowing history or to remove individual items. You can delete your entire borrowing history by disabling it.

To turn on the feature, under My Account, go to My Settings and then Account Preferences. Once it’s active, you can view what you have borrowed from that time forward from the main My Account menu.

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Tips and tricks

Get reading suggestions

Get title recommendations in your email. Ask Us staff will send suggestions that may include authors, specific titles or online book lists. Let us know what type of title you want, and if you are looking for print, eBook or audiobook format. We'll help you find your next great read. 

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