Top Picks of 2020!

People in Midland definitely kept reading in 2020, whether they came into the Library, used our curbside pickup service, or read e-books! These were the most frequently borrowed books and movies for adults, teens, and kids.

Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens, was the most borrowed item across all categories. This meditative and mysterious coming of age novel was a highlight of many people’s 2020 reading lists. Everyone loves mysteries and thrillers: Louise Penny, John Grisham, John Sandford, Linwood Barclay, Ruth Ware, and Janet Evanovich were also in our top 10.

For non-fiction, memoirs by Jesse Thistle and Michelle Obama were our most borrowed items. Many people took road trips closer to home, making Ron Brown’s Backroads of Ontario a hit.

Teen readers were split between the dystopian worlds of Eric Walters and Suzanne Collins, and the diverse realism of Angie Thomas’ On the Come Up, Ibi Aanu Zoboi’s Pride (a contemporary retelling of Pride and Prejudice), and Julie Murphy’s body positive Dumplin’.

Big Nate was the big hit for the younger crowd. Lincoln Peirce’s hilarious illustrated series took seven of the top 10 spots in novels for children. Kids were looking for hands on things to do – top non-fiction picks included How to Draw books by Angela Nguyen, Minecraft and LEGO books, and 20 Recipes Kids Should Know by Esme Washburn.

Many of our top 10 borrowed movies were blockbusters or award winners, including Judy, Joker, Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood, the Downton Abbey movie, and Avengers: Endgame. Toy Story 4, the live action Aladdin, and Maleficent, Mistress of Evil brought some family fare to the top picks. There were also some gritty movies that made a big impression with our patrons while being somewhat overlooked elsewhere: Edward Norton’s mystery of mid-century New York, Motherless Brooklyn; the action thriller with an amazing cast, 21 Bridges; and the suspenseful Ian McKellen / Helen Mirren tour de force, The Good Liar.

Call, manage your account online, or use the free Simcoe County Libraries app to place a hold on any of these items, and make a visit or use our curbside service to pick them up!