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What Were the Top Five Most-Borrowed Items in 2017?

 Pop quiz: Which author had more Top Five titles borrowed from the Dayton Metro Library in 2017 than any other author? Was it John Grisham? James Patterson? Or Jeff Kinney – author of the ever-popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid books?

A look at the Library’s circulation statistics for 2017 reveals the Top Five most popular titles in several different categories, including Fiction, Nonfiction and Digital.

“I found it fascinating - and cool - that the #1 eBook had almost as much circulation as the #1 physical adult book,” said Holly Varley, Collection Development Director. “And looking at the Children’s statistics, the number one kids’ book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School, completely crushes the number one adult fiction title, Never Never by James Patterson!”

In the Digital Collection, the top five most-borrowed items were all eBooks. Audiobooks did not make the top five.

So what’s the answer to the Pop Quiz? Children’s author Jeff Kinney had four of the Top Five most-borrowed Children’s Books in 2017. John Grisham and James Patterson each had two Top Five titles this year.

Here are the Top Five most-borrowed titles from the Dayton Metro Library in 2017:

Adult Fiction

  1. Never Never by Patterson, James
  2. The Fix by Baldacci, David
  3. Camino Island by Grisham, John
  4. The Black Book by Patterson, James
  5. The Whistler by Grisham, John

Adult Nonfiction

  1. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by Vance, J. D.
  2. The Wright Brothers by McCullough, David G.
  3. The Magnolia Story by Gaines, Chip
  4. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Kondo, Marie
  5. The Official ACT Prep Guide: The Only Official Prep Guide from the Makers of the ACT


  1. The Girl on the train  
  2. Hacksaw Ridge           
  3. Arrival
  4. Ghostbusters: Answer the call           
  5. Suicide Squad 

Digital Collection: EBooks

  1. The Girl on the Train: A Novel by Hawkins, Paula
  2. The Whistler: A Novel by Grisham, John
  3. Me Before You by Moyes, Jo Jo
  4. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by Vance, J. D.
  5. Turbo Twenty-Three: Stephanie Plum Series, Book 23 by Evanovich, Janet

Music CDs

  1. XXIVK Magic by Mars, Bruno
  2. 25 by Adele
  3. Hamilton: Original Broadway Cast Recording by Miranda, Lin-Manuel
  4. Now That's What I Call Music! 60     
  5. Suicide Squad: The Album     

Children’s Books

  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Kinney, Jeff
  2. The Long Haul by Kinney, Jeff
  3. Hard Luck by Kinney, Jeff       
  4. Cabin Fever by Kinney, Jeff    
  5. I Really Like Slop! By Willems, Mo

Teen Books

  1. Everything, Everything by Yoon, Nicola
  2. Heartless by Meyer, Marissa
  3. Paper Towns by Green, John
  4. Th1rteen R3asons Why: A Novel by Asher, Jay
  5. Library of Souls by Riggs, Ransom
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