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The most popular books, movies and music at the Austin Public Library in 2017


2017 was a year of change for Austin, as each year always is. But some things never change. The fact that we love bemoaning Austin traffic. The fact that our city is consistently ranked one of the best places to live in the country. The fact that grackles never cease to instill fear and awe in the hearts of Austinites. 

There’s also the fact that even with a shiny, brand-spanking-new location, the denizens of Austin continue to flock to the Austin Public Library to expand their minds. On Wednesday the library released its most popular titles of 2017, including books, movies and multimedia.

The most popular adult fiction book this year was “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr, a 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner that spent hundreds of weeks on best seller lists. The top adult nonfiction book was “Hillbilly Elegy” by J.D. Vance, a memoir about an Appalachian family and its values.

Top children’s books included “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” by Jeff Kinney (fiction) and “Ada’s Violin” by Susan Hood (nonfiction). And the “Harry Potter” series, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, took four out of the five top spots in teen and young adult fiction, with the newest release “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” as the most popular book. “The Boys Who Challenged HItler” by Phillip M. Hoose was the most popular teen/young adult nonfiction book.

In the multimedia categories, everybody wanted to rent “Moana,” various “Star Wars” films, “Zootopia,” “Game of Thrones” season six, “Inside Out,” “The Lego Movie” and “Aladdin.” And yes, people still rent CDs: “Hamilton: Original Broadway Cast Recording” and “Now That’s What I Call Music! 60” were the most popular.

See the full list of popular titles here.

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