BOSTON - In a time when there seems like there is an endless barrage of bad news in the world, it can often be quite beneficial to remember how much good there is, too. One of the purest beacons of goodness in this world, for me, has always been the library. And sometimes, it can be nice to take a break from the negativity in the world and just look at the news that can come from the library. To mark the end of the year, the Boston Public Library got in on this aura of goodwill by releasing their list of the books that were borrowed the most in 2019.

For the most part, the library's borrowing rate was for books published within the past five years. But the list also featured some classics from previous decades that still beat on in the hearts of readers everywhere.

The two oldest books on the list were from 1998, which may not seem like that long ago. But hey, twenty-one years is nothing to scoff at. Margaret Atwood's novel, The Handmaid's Tale, and J.K. Rowling's phenomenon-starter, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, per WBV. Both managed to crack the list with the latter making the top ten. Harry Potter is always obscenely popular, but The Handmaid's Tale probably made the list on the heels of the buzz around the Hulu original television adaptation of that source material.

Notable inclusions throughout the list's top twenty-five are The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Origin by Dan Brown, and Into the Water by Paula Hawkins.

Rounding out the top ten alongside Harry Potter, in descending order, were An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah, The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn, Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, Educated by Tara Westover, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng and Becoming by Michelle Obama. Becoming was checked out almost ten thousand times during the year.

It seems like a pretty solid list and it is always lovely to see that people are still reading. Did you check out any of these books? Which story that you read helped define your year?

Image via Unsplash/Artem Maltsev