The Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library recently released its list of the 20 most frequently borrowed books from the last year, much to the anticipation of the Flagstaff Live! staff. With some titles that were to be expected in addition to a couple of surprise frontrunners, what people read this year truly did run the gamut. Japanese graphic novels known as manga were by far the most popular reads in the children and youth category, while biographies and memoirs dominated the list of adult titles—with a couple fiction, how-to and paranormal titles thrown into the mix.

Several of the books, including last year’s Becoming by former first lady Michelle Obama, are among national darlings, with Obama’s being the most borrowed book in both the United States and Canada this year.

Educated: A Memoir proved the most popular among adult Flagstaff readers in 2019. (The same thing is true of the Toronto and Boston Public Library, where it was checked out more than 6,000 times.) Barbara Kingsolver’s Unsheltered was the second most frequently borrowed book of the year in Flagstaff.

Educated had just over 200 checkouts. And yet, the most lent out book by about 500 borrows is filed under the youth category. It’s not American, you read it backwards and it’s filled with pictures. So what could it be, you wonder? Go ahead and give it a guess or just keep reading to find out.

See what Flagstaff read in 2019, below:

20 most circulated books for adults in 2019:

1. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover.

Eastside checkouts: 50

Downtown checkouts: 164

Total: 214

2. Unsheltered ; Barbara Kingsolver

Eastside checkouts: 45

Downtown checkouts: 85

Total: 130

3. Becoming by Michelle Obama

Eastside checkouts:

Downtown checkouts: 35

Total: 113

4. Winning the Disability Challenge: A Practical Guide to Successful Living by John. F. Tholen

Eastside checkouts: 0

Downtown checkouts: 104

Total: 104

5. The Loss of a Pet: A Guide to Coping with the Grieving Process When a Pet Dies by Wallace Sife

Eastside checkouts: 0

Downtown checkouts: 104

Total: 104

6. Bones of Betrayal by Jefferson Bass

Eastside checkouts: 104

Downtown checkouts: 0

Total: 104

7. Instagram Power: Build Your Brand and Reach More Customers With the Power of Pictures by Jason Miles

Eastside checkouts: 0

Downtown checkouts: 94

Total: 94 

8. The Case for Ghosts: An Objective Look at the Paranormal by J. Allen Danelek

Eastside checkouts: 87

Downtown checkouts: 0

Total: 87

9. Berserk by Kentaro Miura

Eastside checkouts: 82

Downtown checkouts: 0

Total: 82

10. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples

Eastside checkouts: 0

Downtown checkouts: 81

Total: 81

11. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Eastside checkouts: 30

Downtown checkouts: 50

Total: 80

12. Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly

Eastside checkouts: 35

Downtown checkouts: 44

Total: 79

13. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering by Marie Kondo

Eastside checkouts: 12

Downtown checkouts: 60

Total: 72

14. The Library Book by Susan Orlean

Eastside checkouts: 16

Downtown checkouts: 56

Total: 72

15. Full Disclosure by Stormy Daniels with Kevin Carr O'Leary

Eastside checkouts: 72

Downtown checkouts: 0

Total: 72

16. All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr

Eastside checkouts: 9

Downtown checkouts: 61

Total: 70

17. Spice and Wolf by Isuna Hasekura, Keito Koume

Eastside checkouts: 66

Downtown checkouts: 0

Total: 66

18. Past Tense by Lee Child

Eastside checkouts: 30

Downtown checkouts: 36

Total: 66

19. Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny

Eastside checkouts: 12

Downtown checkouts: 54

Total: 66

20. There There: A Novel by Tommy Orange

Eastside checkouts: 10

Downtown checkouts: 55

Total: 65

20 most circulated books for youths in 2019:

1. Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto

Eastside checkouts: 519

Downtown checkouts: 181

Total: 700

2. One Piece by Eiichiro Oda 

Eastside checkouts: 443

Downtown checkouts: 0

Total: 443

3. Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima

Eastside checkouts: 422

Downtown checkouts: 0

Total: 422

4. Babymouse by Jennifer Holm & Matthew Holm

Eastside checkouts: 149

Downtown checkouts: 172

Total: 321

5. Bleach by Tite Kubo

Eastside checkouts: 274

Downtown checkouts: 0

Total: 274

6. Dog Man written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey as George Beard and Harold Hutchins

Eastside checkouts: 122

Downtown checkouts: 111

Total: 233

7. Assassination Classroom by Yusei Matsui

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Eastside checkouts: 233

Downtown checkouts: 0

Total: 233

8. Pokémon Adventures by Hidenori Kusaka

Eastside checkouts: 196

Downtown checkouts: 0

Total: 196

9. Hunter x Hunter by Yoshihiro Togashi

Eastside checkouts: 195

Downtown checkouts: 0

Total: 195

10. Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novels by Geronimo Stilton

Eastside checkouts: 195

Downtown checkouts: 0

Total: 195

11. One-Punch Man by One

Eastside checkouts: 181

Downtown checkouts: 0

Total: 181

12. Babybug Magazine by Cricket Media

Eastside checkouts: 97

Downtown checkouts: 81

Total: 178

13. Case Closed by Gosho Aoyama

Eastside checkouts: 173

Downtown checkouts: 0

Total: 173

14. Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown

Eastside checkouts: 57

Downtown checkouts: 91

Total: 148

15. The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin; a graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier

Eastside checkouts: 113

Downtown checkouts: 32

Total: 145  

16, Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama

Eastside checkouts: 138

Downtown checkouts: 0

Total: 138

17. Bone by Jeff Smith

Eastside checkouts: 46

Downtown checkouts: 85

Total: 131

18. Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi

Eastside checkouts: 79

Downtown checkouts: 51

Total 130

19. Olympians by George O'Connor

Eastside checkouts: 56

Downtown checkouts: 72

Total: 128

20. Boys Over Flowers (Hana Yori Dango) by Yoko Kami

Eastside checkouts: 128

Downtown checkouts: 0

Total: 128

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