According to stats from the Penticton Library, local readers are just as enamoured with former first lady Michelle Obama as the rest of the world.
Obama’s memoir Becoming topped the list of the most frequently borrowed books of 2019. Released in November of 2018, Becoming had sold over ten million copies by last March. Described by Obama as a deeply personal experience, the book details her upbringing, how she found her voice, her time in the White House, and her role as a mother. The massive popularity of the book prompted Obama to embark on a North American book tour spanning across 31 cities.
Also near the top of the most rented books of last-year are a handful of thriller and mystery novels. The most borrowed fiction book of 2019 was Lee Child’s Past Tense. David Baldacci’s Long Road to Mercy and Delia Owens’ Where the Crawdads Sing were a close second and third.
Meanwhile, the only title that wasn’t a mystery or thriller to take a spot among the top 10 most borrowed fiction books was Nicholas Sparks’ romance novel Every Breath.
As for children’s books, Jeff Kinney’s 13th installment in the classic Diary of a Wimpy Kid series just edged out Stephanie Milton’s Minecraft Guide to Enchantments and Potions for the top spot.
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