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YPL Year in Review

As another great year at the Yonkers Public Library draws to a close, we wanted to take some time to look back and see what books our patrons were reading. The following lists are the top five circulated items across all three branches – Riverfront, Will and Crestwood – in a variety of categories. 

Read about some of the most popular books, movies and CDs that circulated this year and, if you haven’t gotten them yourself already, check them out at your local branch!

Adult Top Circulations

Top Adult Fiction Books Checked Out in 2022



James Patterson dominated the top spots with three of his recent titles. The Paris Detective snagged first place, a collaboration with Richard DiLallo on a New York City Christmas mystery with a French twist. Steal, a collaboration with Howard Roughan, sits at second place as a high stakes mystery. The Dolly Parton collaboration Run, Rose, Run holds down third place and follows the story of an aspiring country star with a dark past that threatens to follow her on the path to fame. The fourth spot was grabbed by the historical fiction The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles, a tale of two brothers traveling cross-country and facing unexpected dangers. Danielle Steel rounded out the list with her recent thriller High Stakes, telling the story of five successful women and the tightrope they walk to maintain their career ambitions and their personal lives.











For nonfiction, self-improvement and history snagged top spots. Robert Greene’s The 48 Laws of Power came in at number one, a book that breaks down the rules and strategies of great philosophers and rulers in our history. Number two goes to Arthur Brooks’s From Strength to Strength, which draws on multiple sources of science, philosophy and wisdom to help readers achieve the success they want in life. Bill O’Reilly’s most recent installment in his Killing series, Killing the Killers, goes into the dramatic story of the global war against terrorism. David Sedaris’s recent book of personal essays Happy-Go-Lucky snagged the fourth spot, and Tina Brown’s The Palace Papers rounded out the top 5 with an in-depth look at the British Royal Family in the wake of Princess Diana’s death and the years afterwards.












For movies this year, popular blockbusters saw the most circulation. The number one spot went to the film adaptation of the sci-fi epic Dune, starring Timothee Chalamet. Marvel’s Eternals snagged the second spot with the superpowered race of aliens featuring a star-studded cast including Gemma Chan, Salma Hayek and Angelina Jolie. Third place went to Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, the famous musical telling the star-crossed love story of Tony and Maria. The most recent installment of the Ghostbusters series – Ghostbusters: Afterlife – snagged the fourth spot. Fifth place went to House of Gucci starring Jared Leto, Lady Gaga and Adam Driver, inspired by the real life events surrounding the famous Gucci family.













When it comes to music, the classics reign supreme. Queen’s Greatest Hits was number one, while The Beatles grabbed second place and fifth place with Let It Be and Abbey Road, respectively. Third place went to ABBA with their greatest hits album Gold. Bruno Mars and Anderson Park were the only artists with a recent release to land in the top 5, With their album An Evening with Silk Sonic coming in fourth place.















Children Top Circulations



Popular authors Dave Pilkney and Jeff Kinney reign supreme in children’s fiction. Kinney’s popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series remains a long-time staple with Big Shot snagging third place and The Deep End in fifth place. and Pilkney continues to capture audiences with his newer Dog Man and Cat Kid series. DogMan: Unleashed grabbed first place, CatKid: Comic Club on Purpose held third place and DogMan came in fourth place.
















When it comes to nonfiction, children are looking to learn more about history and the world around them. This year’s popular titles included nature-based books like Volcanoes in fifth place and the Sunshine Makes the Seasons in third. Books about vehicles like Fire Trucks in fourth place and Trains in second place were also popular. First place went to students of history with the book World War II.

















Popular movies reigned supreme with children with Disney’s latest animated hit Encanto coming in at number one. Paw Patrol: The Movie came in second place, likely due to the popularity of the children’s television series. Universal Studios’s latest animated movie The Bad Guys came in third. Sequels rounded out the bottom of the list with Sing 2 coming in fourth place and The Boss Baby: Family Business coming in fifth place.















Easy Readers

Long-standing and modern classics are popular with some of our youngest readers. Frog and Toad are Friends came in first place, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2020. Dr. Seuss’s classic rhymes remain popular with Green Eggs and Ham in second place and Hop on Pop in third place. Pete the Cat’s Family Road Trip came in fourth place. Fifth place is rounded out with Mo Willems Elephant and Piggie series with the title Are You Ready to Play Outside.















Picture Books

Just like easy readers, the classics reign supreme in picture books. Pete the Cat is a popular character with I Love My White Shoes in first and His Four Groovy Buttons in third place. Eric Carle’s colorful classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar comes in second place. And Dr. Seuss rounds out this category with Oh, The Places You’ll Go! in fourth place and The Lorax in fifth place.















Young Adult Top Circulations



Graphic novels were popular this year in the YA fiction section. The popular Heartstopper series claimed two of the top five spots, likely due to the popularity of the Netflix adaptation of the LGBTQ romance. Author Raina Telgemeier, the cartoonist known for her novel Smile, claimed the fourth and fifth spots with Drama and Sisters. Holding down the list in the third spot is the murder mystery thriller One of Us is Lying, which also received an adaptation on NBC’s streaming platform, Peacock.















Young adults seem to be looking to the future when it comes to their nonfiction reads. The top spot goes to Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, originally published in 1937 as a self-help motivational guide to lead a life of fortune and success. Dear Bully snagged second place with the personal narratives of its 70 contributing authors about their experiences with bullying. Students looking to brush up on their math skills checked out Everything You Need to Ace Pre-Algebra and Algebra I in One Big Fat Notebook, which came in third place. Self-reflective teens picked up Surviving the Emotional Rollercoaster, putting the book in fourth place. Fifth place is rounded out with Lynda Barry’s illustrated memoir Syllabus about her time teaching a course on how to keep creative notebooks.










Happy New Year and Happy Reading from the Yonkers Public Library!

Phil Chopak is a part-time clerk at the Crestwood Library. He is an enjoyer of all things manga and mystery. He is currently attending school for a Certificate of Library Technology.

Alison Robles is a part-time clerk at the Crestwood Library. She is an avid reader with a passion for YA lit, history and science fiction. A Yonkers native, she graduated from Iona University in 2020 with a dual-degree in Marketing and Public Relations.