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Jun 12

Top 5 Books Checked Out So Far in 2020 by Andrea Lorenz

Posted on June 12, 2020 at 11:28 AM by Genesis Gaule

Today we’re going to give you a sneak peek into what our community is reading!  Whether or not you’re on the cutting edge of book trends or not, it can always be fun to see what someone else is reading.  Without further ado, the top five most checked out books from our library so far in 2020. 
1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Mystery OWENS, Mystery LP OWENS, eBook and eAudio
book cover lone figure paddling a canoe surrounded by water and trees
Perhaps unsurprising to many, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is the most checked out book so far in our library. Owens follows Kya Clark, the “Marsh Girl” of Barkley Cove. Abandoned by her family, Kya has survived for years on the marsh alone, finding friends in the gulls and other wild creatures. When a prominent citizen of the cove is murdered the locals immediately suspect Kya, but the truth is much more complicated than it looks.

2. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Mystery MICHAELIDES, eBook and eAudio
book cover woman's face overlaid with transparent parchment with a tear over the mouth
Mystery thriller The Silent Patient is number 2. Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. She’s a famous painter married to a fashion photographer. She lives in a glamorous house in London. But one day, her husband returns home late from a fashion shoot and Alicia shoots him five times in the face. Her refusal to talk or give any kind of explanation only increases the public fervor. Will Theo Faber, criminal psychotherapist, be able to unravel the mystery of the silent patient or will Alicia’s crimes remain a mystery?

3. We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
HUNTER and eAudio
book cover man and woman dressed in 1940s clothing sit close together on two chairs facing away from the viewer
We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter is based on the true story of a family of Polish Jews who scatter at the start of World War II. As war looms, three generations of the Kurc family are doing their best to live normal lives. Talk is of new babies and budding romance, not of the increasing hardships facing Jews in Poland. Soon though the horrors overtaking Europe becoming inescapable. One sibling is forced into exiles, while another attempts to flee the continent. Others work grueling hours in ghetto factories or hide as gentiles in plain sight. The Kurcs must rely on hope, ingenuity, and inner strength to live to see one another again.

4. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
MORRIS, eBook and eAudio
The Tattooist of Auschwitz book cover
Another World War II drama takes number 4. When Nazis at Auschwitz discover that Slovakian Jewish prisoner Lale Sokolov speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer, a tattooist. For two and a half years, Lale is tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners, giving them a number that will become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. One day in July 1942, Lale comforts a trembling young woman named Gita waiting to have the number 34902 tattooed on her arm. From their very first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her. If you’ve already read our number 4 pick, you should check out Cilka’s Journey, another World War II book from Heather Morris.

5. Bloody Genius by John Sandford
Mystery SANDFORD and eBook
Bloody Genius book cover
Rounding out the top 5 is Bloody Genius, the 12th book in John Sandford’s Virgil Flowers series. At the local state university, two feuding departments have faced off on the battleground of political correctness. Each carries their views to extremes that seem absurd, but highly educated people of sound mind and good intentions can reasonably disagree, right? Then someone turns up dead. Virgil Flowers will have to watch his back – and his mouth – as he investigates a college culture war turned deadly.

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