If you’re gearing up for a big year of reading in 2021, these lists may inspire you to discover some popular titles. Below, you’ll find the top 10 checkouts system-wide, plus you can discover the top 10 checkouts for kids and teens, and the top 10 titles in Spanish. Millions more titles await in our collections, many available as e-books and audiobooks, in world languages and accessible formats. There are many ways the Library offers to find new reads for the new year. You can:

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    The Vanishing Half: A Novel

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    White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About

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    The Glass Hotel: A Novel

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    Where the Crawdads Sing: A Novel

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    The Dutch House: A Novel

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    The Nickel Boys: A Novel

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    Educated: A Memoir

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    Normal People: A Novel

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    Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

Honorable Mention

  1. Top Checkout of All Time: The Snowy Day (485,583 checkouts)

    In print and in the Library’s catalog continuously since 1962, this charming, beautifully illustrated tale of a child enjoying the simple magic that snow brings to his city is one of the Library’s top circulated books every year, across all neighborhoods we serve. The story—available in a multitude of languages—has a universal appeal and is well-known, being both a Caldecott Medal winner and one of the earliest examples of diversity in children’s books. At the end of the day, though, it’s all about the story—and how the brilliantly told tale of Peter and his wintry adventure transcends generations.

Of course, our list only covers The New York Public Library’s branches in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. Our friends at Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Public Library are also releasing their top 10 checkouts of 2020—find out now what else your fellow New Yorkers have been reading!

Meanwhile, if you’re wondering what horror and romance fans are reading, here is a snapshot of some of NYPL’s most popular checkouts by genre: