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How Many Have You Read? The Top Books Checked Out from the Library in 2021

Looking for your next great summer read? Well, what better way to start your search than by seeing what everyone else is reading? We’ve gathered a list of the top five most checked out adult fiction, adult nonfiction, and children’s books at the Denton Public Library so far this year. Plus, as an added bonus, if you start reading now, you can sign up for the library’s Summer Reading Challenge (SRC) which lasts until July 31. Sign up for the SRC to log your reading, win prizes for the first 5 and 10 hours read, and to be entered into a raffle prize drawing! Register at denton.readsquared.com.

Adult Fiction

1. A Time for Mercy by John Grisham
Clanton, Mississippi. 1990. Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a deeply divisive trial when the court appoints him attorney for Drew Gamble, a timid sixteen-year-old boy accused of murdering a local deputy.

2. The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

Texas, 1921. A time of abundance. The Great War is over, the bounty of the land is plentiful, and America is on the brink of a new and optimistic era. But for Elsa Wolcott, deemed too old to marry in a time when marriage is a woman’s only option, the future seems bleak.

3. Daylight by David Baldacci

In this gripping mystery, an FBI Agent’s search for her sister clashes with a military investigator’s high-stakes case, leading them both deep into a global conspiracy—from which neither of them will escape unscathed.


4. The Sentinel by Lee Child and Andrew Child

It is close to midnight on a Saturday night when Jack Reacher gets off a bus at the Greyhound station in Nashville. Reacher is in no hurry. He has no appointments to keep. No people to see. No scores to settle. Not yet anyway. The Sentinel is the 25th novel in the Jack Reacher. It is the first Jack Reacher book to be co-authored by brothers Lee Child and Andrew Child.

5. Fortune and Glory : Tantalizing by Janet Evanovich

When Stephanie’s beloved Grandma Mazur’s new husband died on their wedding night, the only thing he left her was a beat-up old easy chair…and the keys to a life-changing fortune.

Adult Nonfiction

1. Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.


2. Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

Over two million copies sold! From the Academy Award®–winning actor, an unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction.


3. A Promised Land by Barack Obama

In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency—a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.


4. Untamed by Glennon Doyle

In her most revealing and powerful memoir yet, the activist, speaker, bestselling author, and “patron saint of female empowerment” (People) explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet others’ expectations and start trusting the voice deep within us.


5. Rage by Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward’s new book, Rage, is an unprecedented and intimate tour de force of new reporting on the Trump presidency facing a global pandemic, economic disaster and racial unrest.

Children’s Books

1. The Thank You Book by Mo Willems

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.

Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.

Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

2. Are You Ready to Play Outside? by Mo Willems

In Are You Ready to Play Outside?, Piggie can’t wait to go play in the sunshine. But will a rainy day ruin all the fun?

3. My New Friend is So Fun! by Mo Willems

In My New Friend Is So Fun!, Piggie has found a new friend! But is Gerald ready to share?


4. Waiting is Not Easy! by Mo Willems

In Waiting Is Not Easy!, Piggie has a surprise for Gerald, but he is going to have to wait for it. And Wait. And wait some more…

5. I Broke My Trunk! by Mo Willems

In I Broke My Trunk! Gerald tells Piggie the long, crazy story about breaking his trunk. Will Piggie end up with a long, crazy story of her own?

To see more books you can check out from the Denton Public Library, visit our catalog website at library.cityofdenton.com. And, don’t forget to sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge at denton.readsquared.com.

Source: City of Denton

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