BPL Reveals Top 10 Most-Borrowed Books of 2014

No big surprises here.


The Boston Public Library has revealed which books made its Top 10 Most-Borrowed list this year, and—surprise!—there are no big surprises here.

Top 10 Most-Borrowed Titles in 2014

1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
3. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
4. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
5. Inferno by Dan Brown
6. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
7. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
8. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
9. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
10. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The BPL shares top-borrowed lists monthly, but as one might expect, the results generally mirror what’s hot in pop culture. Five of the most-borrowed books in 2014 were adapted into popular films. Three of those are the Hunger Games trilogy. Two of the remaining were written by the very popular, very bankable authors Dan Brown and Robert Galbraith (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame). Oh, and one of the books is Fifty Shades of Grey.

That leaves us with no. 3, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, and no. 7, And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. These two books deserve a shoutout simply for not being any of the other eight. The Goldfinch won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction this year, while And the Mountains Echoed is Hosseini’s third novel after The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns.

This is not to suggest that the other eight books are bad, but we all know why they’re there, and it’s not because they’re groundbreaking.

Still, if you’re a longtime sufferer of FOMO, then now you know: these are the 10 reads to get caught up on over the holidays.

The BPL also shared top 10 lists for specific categories—because they know you love that YA. You can browse all of the library’s lists at bpl.bibliocommons.com.