Brooklyn Booklovers Pick Their Favs for 2018

It was a great year for bookworms in New York City. Denizens of the Big Apple enjoyed dystopian stories, mysteries, political intrigues delving into the dark halls of the White House, and much more.

The New York Public Library, along with its sister systems in Brooklyn and Queens, released their top-ten checked-out books for 2018, and the results are not surprising.

In the New York Public Library, which includes Manhattan,Bronx, and Staten Island, mysteries led the way with “Manhattan Beach,” “Origin:A Novel” and “Fifty Fifty” leading the lists. “Manhattan Beach” were at the top of the lists in Brooklyn and Queens as well. It is presumed that “Manhattan Beach” came out on top because it was the book-of-choice in the second annual city-wide “One Book, One New York” reading program.

Here are the top ten books according to boroughs:


1. “Origin: A Novel,” Dan Brown

2. “TASC: Test Assessing Secondary Completion: Strategies, Practice, & Review, 2017-2018 ,” Kaplan

3. “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Margaret Atwood

4. “The People vs. Alex Cross,” James Patterson

5. “Red Alert,” Marshall Karp and James Patterson

6. “The 17th Suspect,” James Patterson

7. “Haunted,” James O. Born and James Patterson

8. “Manhattan Beach,” Jennifer Egan

9. “Count to Ten,” ​James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi

10. “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” Michael Wolff


1. “Manhattan Beach,” Jennifer Egan

2. “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Margaret Atwood

3. “Origin: A Novel,” Dan Brown

4. “Sing, Unburied, Sing,” Jesmyn Ward 

5. “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” Michael Wolff 

6. “Exit West,” Mohsin Hamid

7. “Little Fires Everywhere,” Celeste Ng

8. “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of Family and Culture in Crisis,” J.D. Vance

9. “Pachinko,” Min Jin Lee

10. “The Underground Railroad,” Colson Whitehead

Staten Island

1. “Fifty Fifty,” Candice Fox and James Patterson

2. “Origin: A Novel,” Dan Brown

3. “The People vs. Alex Cross,” James Patterson

4. “Haunted,” James O. Born and James Patterson

5. “Past Perfect,” Danielle Steel

6.”Fairy tale,” Danielle Steel

7. “The 17th Suspect,” James Patterson

8. “Every Breath You Take,” Alafair Burke and Mary Higgins Clark

9. “End Game: Book 5,” David Baldacci

10. “The Fallen,” David Baldacci

Brooklyn Public Library Top 10

1. “Manhattan Beach,” Jennifer Egan

2. “Sing, Unburied, Sing,” Jesmyn Ward

3. “An American Marriage,” Tayari Jones

4. “Fall from Grace,” Danielle Steele

5. “Accidental Heroes,” Danielle Steele

6. “Fifty Fifty,” James Patterson and Candice Fox

7. “Little Fires Everywhere,” Celeste Ng

8. “The Rooster Bar,” John Grisham

9. “Red Alert,” James Patterson

10. “End Game,” David Baldacci

Queens Public Library Top 10

1. “Manhattan Beach,” Jennifer Egan

2. “The Woman in the Window,” A.J. Finn

3. “The Great Alone,” Kristin Hannah

4. “The Fallen,” David Baldacci

5. “The Rooster Bar,” John Grisham

6. “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” Michael Wolff

7. “Origin,” Dan Brown

8. “TASC:strategies, practice & review… : Test Assessing Secondary Completion,” Kaplan Pub.

9. “Fifty Fifty,” James Patterson and Candice Fox

10. “I’ve Got My Eyes on You,” Mary Higgins Clark


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