Top 10 DPL Books of 2019

Denver is a city of readers with many of you wanting to read the new books as fast as the library can buy them. Have you read the most popular Denver Public Library books of 2019? The 10 books below are our most checked out books for the year. Want to join the conversation? Place a hold today!

  • Educated: A Memoir Tara Westover
    • This top book was read by more than 1,000 people. Critics, and you, loved this memoir about growing up in a dysfunctional, abusive fundamentalist family where the author wasn’t formally educated until she entered a classroom for the first time at age 17.
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
    • Coming in a close second is this novel about mothers and daughters, soon to be a Hulu TV show starring Reese Witherspoon. Secrets and a nasty custody battle light up the stable lives of two suburban families.
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
    • Only the third book to cross the 1,000 checkout mark, this novel features the Marsh Girl of North Carolina, who lives alone in the marsh after being abandoned by her family. When the town golden boy is found dead, the Marsh Girl is immediately suspected. Was the death of her friend an accident or revenge?
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
    • The former first lady’s memoir was possibly boosted by her tour’s stop in Denver. She intimately tells her story about growing up on Chicago’s South Side, her career as a lawyer, her notable husband, and living in the White House.
  • Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
    • This thriller slowly makes you uncomfortable as you follow nine guests who choose to attend a calming retreat at an Australian resort. The resort’s owner has secret plans that challenge everyone, making them wonder whether they should run while they can.
  • Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
    • When the world as you know it ends, what do you do? A couple follows all the rules of life but find themselves living in a house that is falling apart. More than a hundred years before, a teacher struggles to include the new findings of Darwin, placing him on shaky social standing.
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
    • The movie of the same name boosted this book about a girl whose unarmed friend is shot during a traffic stop. As the incident draws national attention and protests against police brutality, she has to decide whether to speak up about what she saw to prevent the blame shifting from the cop to her dead friend.
  • A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult
    • A gunman holds hostage a women’s clinic, the only one in the state that performs abortions. The novel works backwards to tell everyone’s story, including that of the hostage negotiator and his daughter, who is caught inside the clinic.
  • The Witch Elm by Tana French
    • After a man is beaten by burglars, he moves into his dying uncle’s house while he tries to recover from his physical and mental injuries. A skull is soon found in the backyard—a skull that turns out to be a friend from high school. What happened and is his memory, now fractured from his injuries, to be trusted?

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Written by sgrijalva on January 2, 2020