NYPL's Top Checkouts of 2020: World Languages

By Charles Arrowsmith, Managing Editor
December 21, 2020
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Here are the books patrons of The New York Public Library have checked out more than any others in 2020. All of them are available on our free e-reader app, SimplyE, as e-books; most are also available as audiobooks. Here are the titles that are also available at the Library in world languages. Read Michelle Obama's Becoming in Albanian, Harry Potter in Hindi, or The Hate U Give in Russian. Some of the titles on the top checkouts list are yet to be translated—please check back in future for new translations.

Adult titles

Where the Crawdads Sing: A Novel by Delia Owens

World languages: Русский | 한국어 | Deutsch | Español

The Nickel Boys: A Novel by Colson Whitehead

World languages: Polski | Español | Deutsch

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

World languages: Русский | Español

Becoming by Michelle Obama

World languages: Русский | Magyar | Español | Português | Català | Deutsch | Shqiptar | 한국어 | עבר׳ת | Italiano | 日本語 | Français | 中文 | العَرَبِية

Normal People: A Novel by Sally Rooney

World languages: Русский | Español | עבר׳ת

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb

World languages: Русский

1984 by George Orwell (#1 checkout in Classics)World languages: Español | Français | עבר׳ת | 中文 | 日本語 | Italiano | Deutsch | Polski | Català | العَرَبِية | українська | 한국어 | Русский

Kids Titles

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

World languages: Español | Français | Italiano | Deutsch | Português中文 | 한국어 | Polski | עבר׳ת | Русский | 日本語 | العَرَبِي | বাঙালি | हिन्दी | Shqiptar | Svenska | Bahasa Indonesia | Čeština | Nederlands

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

World languages: Русский | Español | 中文 | 日本語 | עבר׳ת | Polski | Français | Português | Italiano

Guts by Raina Telgemeier

World languages: Español | Français

Wrecking Ball (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 14) by Jeff Kinney

World languages: Deutsch

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

World languages: Español | Français | Italiano | Deutsch | עבר׳ת | Русский | 中文日本語 | বাঙালি | हिन्दी | українська | Svenska | Bahasa Indonesia | Čeština | Latin | Nederlands | Polski | Dansk | Português

The Giver by Lois Lowry

World languages: Français | Español | 日本語 | 中文 | עבר׳ת

Dog Days (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 4) by Jeff Kinney

World languages: Русский | Français | Español | 日本語 | עבר׳ת | Deutsch

Cabin Fever (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 6) by Jeff Kinney

World languages: Русский | Français | Español | 日本語 | עבר׳ת

The Ugly Truth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 5) by Jeff Kinney

World languages: Русский | Français | Español | 日本語 | Deutsch

The Meltdown (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 13) by Jeff Kinney

World languages: Español | 日本語 | Svenska | Deutsch

YA Titles

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

World languages: Español | Русский

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

World languages: Русский | Español | Deutsch

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

World languages: Español | Русский | 中文 | Català | Français

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

World languages: Español | 中文 | Русский | Français | Hrvatski | Català | Deutsch

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

World languages: Español | Deutsch

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

World languages: Español | 中文

Discover the Library's top checkouts of 2020 system-wide.