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Most popular Books from Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries in 2019

It’s always interesting to see what Buffalonians are reading from year to year. The most popular books can tell you a lot about a city and its residents. Every year, the Buffalo and Erie County Public Libraries send out a list of the most popular borrowed materials, including eBooks. The results are pulled from the borrowing habits of 350,000 Erie County library cardholders, as well as the Library on Wheels bookmobile.

“It’s always very exciting and interesting at the end of the year to see what Erie County residents are reading,” said Joy Testa Cinquino, Assistant Deputy Director, Development & Communications at The Central Library. “The books run the gamut of popular memoirs to sophisticated novels and mysteries. On a personal note, I have read three of the books and agree they were brilliant! Best of all, you can get them free with a library card.”

Here are a few more observations from Testa Cinquino:

  • In Nov 2018, just a year ago, David Baldacci was here at the Library promoting Long Road to Mercy which made the top 3 Adult Fiction – most popular titles.  WNY readers love him!
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama and the book Educated; A Memoir by Tara Westover were both released in 2018. They are popular, I think among women and book club readers.
  • The children’s books always, without fail, include Diary of Wimpy Kid selections. Young readers are attracted to those books because they are fun journey into the life of a middle schooler.  Minecraft (which is also popular among computer gamers) books appear on the list each year as well.

Most requested book

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Adult Fiction – most popular titles

The Reckoning by John Grisham

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci

Adult Non-Fiction – most popular titles

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward

Young Adult/Teen – most popular titles

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Children’s Fiction – most popular titles

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway by Jeff Kinney

Children’s Non-Fiction – most popular titles

Minecraft: Redstone Handbook by Nick Farwell

National Geographic Kids Almanac 2019

Minecraft Essential Handbook by Stephanie Milton

eBook Fiction – most popular title

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

eBook Non-Fiction – most popular title

Becoming by Michelle Obama

eBook Fiction – most requested title

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

eBook Non-Fiction – most requested title

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

People’s Choice – best book (selected through online voting)

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Library Employees’ Choice – best book

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Interested in borrowing any of these titles? In a book club and looking for book ideas? or any Buffalo & Erie County Public Library for details. There are more than 3 million books, periodicals, audio books, CDs, DVDs and more available for borrowing through the library system including downloadable eBooks, music and video.  Library card applications can be downloaded 24/7 and taken to any Buffalo & Erie County Public Library for processing.  A valid form of identification and proof of address is necessary. eLibrary cards are available online for those 17 and older.  Follow the Library on social media  FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterest and on the “All Booked Up” podcast on SoundCloud and iTunes. For more information, call 716-858-8900 or visit

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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