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What Washingtonians Read in 2017

From Ta-Nehisi Coates to Ke$ha, Washingtonians had diverse reading and music interests this year. Of the more than 4 million items borrowed or downloaded from the D.C. Public Library, these are the most popular titles by type and format:

Top 10 Fiction Books

1. “The Girls” by Emma Cline
2. “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt
3. “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood
4. “Commonwealth” by Ann Patchett
5. “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead
6. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins
7. “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
8. “1984” by George Orwell
9. “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel
10. “A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara

Top 10 Non-Fiction Books

1. “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J.D. Vance
2. “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
3. “Modern Romance” by Aziz Ansari
4. “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo
5. “Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead” by Brene Brown
6. “Yes Please” by Amy Poehler
7. “Why Not Me?” by Mindy Kaling
8. “The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo” by Amy Schumer
9. “Hamilton: The Revolution” by Lin-Manuel Miranda
10. “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania” by Erik Larson

Top 5 Criterion films streamed through Criterion Collection

1. “8 1/2”
2. “Black Orpheus”
3. “400 Blows”
4. “Rashomon”
5. “Seven Samurai”

Top 5 Films streamed through InstantFlix

1. “Chef de Meute”
2. “The Red Balloon”
3. “The Messenger”
4. “If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front”
5. “Sid and Nancy”

Top 10 Fiction eBooks

1. “The Girls” by Emma Cline
2. “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt
3. “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood
4. “Commonwealth” by Ann Patchett
5. “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead
6. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins
7. “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
8. “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel
9. “A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara
10. “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi

Top 10 Non-Fiction eBooks

1. “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J.D. Vance
2. “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
3. “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo
4. “Why Not Me?” by Mindy Kahling
5. “The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo” by Amy Schumer
6. “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania” by Erik Larson
7. “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” by Trevor Noah
8. “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race” by Margot Lee Shetterly
9. “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi
10. “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” by Matthew Desmond

Top 5 Magazines downloaded through RBdigital Magazines

1. The Economist
2. The New Yorker
3. The Atlantic
4. Newsweek
5. New York magazine

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Sarafina Wright –Washington Informer Staff Writer

Sarafina Wright is a staff writer at the Washington Informer where she covers business, community events, education, health and politics. She also serves as the editor-in-chief of the WI Bridge, the Informer’s millennial publication. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, she attended Howard University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. A proud southern girl, her lineage can be traced to the Gullah people inhabiting the low-country of South Carolina. The history of the Gullah people and the Geechee Dialect can be found on the top floor of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. In her spare time she enjoys watching either college football or the Food Channel and experimenting with make-up. When she’s not writing professionally she can be found blogging at www.sarafinasaid.com. E-mail: Swright@washingtoninformer.com Social Media Handles: Twitter: @dreamersexpress, Instagram: @Sarafinasaid, Snapchat: @Sarafinasaid

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