Popular in Skokie

Cover of Go Set a WatchmanEveryone publishes year-end lists. If you wanted to know what the best reviewed and best-selling books of 2015 were, you could find that info anywhere. But Skokie is a special place, and our patrons have their own unique tastes, so instead of a generic year-end list, we thought we'd have a look back at our own local community's 2015 favorites.

We crunched some numbers and figured out which books* were checked out the most during the year. So what were you and your neighbors reading? Here's the top ten:

  1. Sisters by Raina Telgemeier (Youth graphic novel) 1201 checkouts
  2. Amulet, Book Six, Escape from Lucien by Kazu Kibuishi (Youth graphic novel) 1080 checkouts
  3. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (Adult fiction) 920 checkouts
  4. Gray Mountain by John Grisham (Adult fiction) 764 checkouts
  5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney (Youth fiction) 689 checkouts
  6. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Adult fiction) 678 checkouts
  7. Minecraft Combat Handbook by Stephanie Milton with Paul Soares (Youth nonfiction) 628 checkouts
  8. The Escape by David Baldacci (Adult fiction) 616 checkouts
  9. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (Adult fiction) 606 checkouts
  10. El Deafo by Cece Bell (Youth biography) 599 checkouts

A few other notables:
Harlan Coben's The Stranger was the most popular mystery in Skokie, with 513 checkouts in 2015.

One of the most talked about books of the year, Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee, was only the 20th most popular title at the library, with 437 checkouts.

Fans of adult nonfiction enjoyed Erik Larson's Dead Wake, which was checked out 431 times by Skokie patrons.

Even one cookbook cracked the top 50 most popular books! Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten was checked out 382 times.

How many of these did you read? And what do you think will be the most popular books at the library next year? Tell us on Facebook!

* Just physical books. The count does not include audio or ebooks.