These were the most borrowed books from the Boston Public Library in 2017

Readers in the Boston area were mostly interested in fiction over the past year.

The Bates Hall Reading Room in the McKim Building at Boston Public Library.
The Bates Hall Reading Room in the McKim Building at Boston Public Library. –The Boston Globe

The Boston Public Library has released its list of the 10 most frequently borrowed books for 2017, and once again, a popular thriller has slipped into the top spot.

The 2015 mystery The Girl on the Train reclaimed the No. 1 ranking after coming in as runner-up on last year’s list. Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Goldfinch was the second most popular book, followed by the The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2017.

While Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See, No. 1 on last year’s list, remained widely read this year at No. 10, the majority of the most borrowed books from the library in 2017 were not the same as they were last year.

The top 10 most borrowed titles of 2017

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1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

2. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

3. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

4. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

5. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

6. Truly, Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

7. The Girls by Emma Cline

8. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

9. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

10. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

You can see the library’s list, and place holds on the most borrowed titles, here.

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