L.A. County’s Most Checked-Out Books of 2020

Some of L.A. County’s top books of 2020.

If you decided to check out an audiobook or eBook last year to pass the time at home, you weren’t alone. LA County Library checked out over 3 million of them in 2020, a 34% increase from 2019. 

According to a release from LA County Library, it was one of 102 public library systems in the world to check out over 1 million items last year and one of the top 15 library systems for digital circulation. It also shared data on which books were most popular with L.A. County readers and listeners. 


The top 10 eBooks were: 

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Educated by Tara Westover
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The top 10 audiobooks were: 

Becoming by Michelle Obama
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Educated by Tara Westover
Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
1984 by George Orwell
Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

If you’re feeling inspired by those lists, a huge amount of content, including the aforementioned titles, is available through LA County Library and Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) with a library card. For more information about what your LAPL library card will get you, see our guide here. To apply for an LA County Library card online, go here. Note that LA County Library and LAPL are two separate systems, but you can access content via both. Both use the app Libby, which offers a large selection of ebooks, audiobooks, comic books, and more. 


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