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The Copper Country’s Top 2020 Reads

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In 2020, library cardholders at the Portage Lake District Library and the Hancock School Public Library checked out over 122,000 books and other materials. A review of the books valued most by our community members provides a unique snapshot into our shared culture and interests. These are the 10 most popular titles for adults, young adults, and junior readers in 2020:


Top 10 Books for Adults

  1. Beartown by Fredrik Backman
  2. The Women of the Copper Country by Mary Doria Russell
  3. Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain
  4. The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate
  5. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
  6. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  7. The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
  8. The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben
  9. American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
  10. The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica

Top 10 Books for Teens

  1. Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya
  2. Throw like a Girl by Sarah Henning 
  3. One of us is Next by Karen M. McManus
  4. One of us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
  5. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
  6. After the Game: A Field Party Novel by Abbi Glines
  7. Under the Lights: A Field Party Novel by Abbi Glines
  8. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
  9. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  10. Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West

Top 10 Books for Junior Readers

  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney
  2. Baby Sitter’s Little Sister No. 1: Karen’s Witch by Ann M. Martin
  3. Guts by Raina Telgemeier
  4. Dog Man: Fetch 22 by Dave Pilkey
  5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway by Jeff Kinney
  6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney
  7. Dog Man: Lord of the Flies  by Dave Pilkey
  8. Boy-crazy Stacey by Gale Galligan
  9. Sheets by Brenna Thummler
  10. Harry Potter and the Deathy Hallows by J. K. Rowling

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