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Those who love to read and reside in the Big Apple will often spend a sizable amount of time at The New York Public Library.

There are 92 different locations of the library throughout the city and over 16 million readers visit them on an annual basis. This leads to some very interesting observations about NYC reading habits.

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This kind of traffic has created a very intriguing observation about the books that these patrons are choosing on a regular basis. The library released a list of the top 10 books that were checked out the most this year and it is an interesting read in its own right. Colleen Hoover’s romance novel It Ends With Us struck a major chord, ranking at #10.

Thriller fans who read Hoover opted for Verity instead, as this book hit #9. The aptly named Book Lovers by Emily Henry as the 8th most popular book.

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Those who wanted to spend time in the world of old Hollywood loved The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, which came in at #7. Emma Straub’s This Time Tomorrow is a great time travel yarn, as evidenced by the fact that it was the 6th most popular book by this metric.

Henry and Reid continue to dominate the list, as Henry’s People We Meet on Vacation and Reid’s Malibu Rising came in at 5th and 4th, respectively. This brings us to the top three and some of these titles might surprise you. Amor Towles’ The Lincoln Highway ranks third, providing readers with a road trip tale that they would not soon forget.

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At #2? Bonnie Garmus’ Lessons in Chemistry. A pretty impressive showing for a first-time novelist, if we do say so ourselves. The book became so popular, it has already spawned an Apple TV+ adaptation that is slated to star none other than Brie Larson! That’s not too shabby for a first-time author.

Of course, readers want to know who came in at #1 and that prestigious honor goes to Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library. The fact that this story is set inside a mystical library is just icing on the cake, right?