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Most Popular Items of 2020

The most popular books of 2020

These are the most checked-out items of 2020. You’ve probably already read them because if you didn’t check them out, they wouldn’t be on this list! But if you missed one, we would be happy to put it on hold for you! Download this Book Order Form (PDF) and return to us at your next Curbside Hold Pickup appointment

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Moral Compass: A Novel by Danielle Steel

#1 Adult Fiction

At an elite private school in Massachusetts, a wide circle of lives will be forever changed by a devastating series of events. As the drama unfolds, the characters will reach a crossroads where they must choose between truth and lies, between what is easy and what is right, and find the moral compass they will need for the rest of their lives.

Place a hold on Moral Compass

O’Hurley’s Return by Nora Roberts

#1 Romance

The last two stories in the O’Hurley family saga. In Skin Deep, Chantel O’Hurley, now a star, becomes intrigued by cynical private investigator Quinn Doran. In Without a Trace, Trace O’Hurley rescues Gillian Fitzpatrick and she reawakens his desire for love and family.

Place a hold on O’Hurley’s Return

Twisted Twenty-Six: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich

#1 Mystery

Grandma Mazur is a widow…again. When her late husband’s former “business partners” are convinced that his widow is keeping the keys to their financial success for herself. As someone who has spent an entire career finding bad guys, a set of missing keys should be no challenge for Stephanie Plum. Problem is, the facts are as twisted as a boardwalk pretzel with mustard.

Place a hold on Twisted Twenty-Six

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

#1 Science Fiction/Fantasy

The 2020 NEA Big Read in the Falls read. Set in the Great Lakes region after a flu pandemic has devastated the world, the survivors try to build a life worth living as they navigate their new world.

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Absolute Carnage by Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman

#1 Graphic Novel

For months, the serial killer Carnage has been at the periphery of the Marvel Universe, amassing power in secret by murdering past symbiote hosts and enlisting a cult of brainwashed and bloodthirsty followers. Now, with an army at his command, Carnage is poised to launch a massive massacre the likes of which the Marvel Universe has never seen…and may not survive!

Place a hold on Absolute Carnage

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

#1 Nonfiction

A universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes, and the will to change it.

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The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes, narrated by Julia Whelan

#1 Audiobook

A team of women answer the call to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library. These women, who come to be known as the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky, face all kinds of dangers while bringing books to people who have never had any, sharing the gift of learning that will change their lives.

Place a hold on The Giver of Stars


#1 DVD/Blu-Ray

Centers on the Battle of Midway, a clash between the American fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy which marked a pivotal turning point in the Pacific Theater during WWII. Based on the real-life events of this heroic feat, this film tells the story of the leaders and soldiers who used their instincts, fortitude, and bravery to overcome the odds.

Place a hold on Midway

Adult Fiction

  1. Moral Compass: A Novel by Danielle Steel
  2. The 20th Victim by James Patterson
  3. Hush by James Patterson
  4. Criss Cross by James Patterson
  5. A Minute to Midnight by David Baldacci
  6. The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
  7. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  8. Camino Winds by John Grisham
  9. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
  10. Lost by James Patterson

Adult Romance

  1. O’Hurley’s Return by Nora Roberts
  2. Always on My Mind by Jill Shalvis
  3. Finding Forever by Nora Roberts
  4. The Highlander’s Christmas Bride by Vanessa Kelly
  5. The Lady Travelers Guide to Deception with an Unlikely Earl by Victoria Alexander
  6. Last Night with the Earl by Kelly Bowen
  7. Pivot by Kat Martin
  8. ‘Tis the Season by Robyn Carr
  9. Whispering Rock by Robyn Carr
  10. Broken by Rebecca Zanetti

Adult Mystery

  1. Twisted Twenty-Six: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich
  2. Fair Warning by Michael Connelly
  3. The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
  4. Long Range by C.J. Box
  5. The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben
  6. Golden in Death by J.D. Robb
  7. Masked Prey by John Sandford
  8. Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry by Mary Higgins Clark
  9. The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
  10. Look Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich

Adult SF/Fantasy

  1. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  2. The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang
  3. Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
  4. House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas
  5. The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
  6. The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
  7. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
  8. The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
  9. Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
  10. The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts

Adult Graphic Novels

  1. Absolute Carnage
  2. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse
  3. The Essential Calvin and Hobbes
  4. The Flash, Year One
  5. They Called Us Enemy
  6. Age of Ultron
  7. The Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes
  8. Batman Vol. 12 City of Bane
  9. The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes
  10. Star Wars: Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith Vol. 2, Legacy’s End

Adult Nonfiction

  1. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
  2. Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell
  3. Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalog
  4. Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
  5. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  6. Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L. Trump
  7. Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis
  8. Open Book by Jessica Simpson
  9. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
  10. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

Adult Audiobooks

  1. The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
  2. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  3. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  4. The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson
  5. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
  6. Murder in Paradise by James Patterson
  7. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
  8. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  9. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van der Kolk
  10. Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks

Adult DVD/Blu-Ray

  1. Midway
  2. Knives Out
  3. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
  4. Downton Abbey: The Motion Picture
  5. 1917
  6. Outlander Season 4
  7. Overcomer
  8. The Art of Racing in the Rain
  9. The 12th Man
  10. Green Book