Live Poll: NYPL's Most Checked-Out Books Of All Time

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On the eve of the New York Public Library's 125 birthday, the NYPL has published a list of the most checked-out books in the history of this august public library.

Which of these eclectic books is your favorite (or something that intrigues you enough to find it and read it)?


For the most part? The list isn't much of a surprise... until we hit the number one spot.
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Fyc: One that's been a steady companion of mine for many years: Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) by Antoine de Saint-Exupery 
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Just keeping it to the short list published by the NYPL.

Do you have a favorite adaptation of the book?
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o.k. stephen...i am a born-n-bred new yorker and have spent many hours in the new york public fact..several books i have written are in there along with my record this poll is very cool to me....

and my answer would be my favorite book of all orwell's '1984'...
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'How to Win Friends and Influence People' is an interesting one. Seems apt for a place like Manhattan.
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I was so glad that I could find that Dale Carnegie played himself in whatever nonsense Jiggs and Maggie in Society was ... and that there was this image online to upload to that IMDb title page.
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Never read any of them but the one I'd want to read is 1984... never seen any movies of it but I'd love to know his interpretation of the 80's.  :)
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So, out of their Top 10, there are 6 children's books, 2 dystopian novels, 1 self-help book, and 1 proper novel.
Interesting how there's not much diversity.
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Just keep in mind that this is from data collected built up in 125 years. The list would be incredibly different if they limited to checkouts from the past 5 or 10 years.

Even if 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 weren't my favorite books of all time? It's not a particularly inspiring or thought-provoking list. It's a bit too on the nose.
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Thank you for creating this poll. When I saw the New York Times article and heard the NPR interview, I thought this would be a natural for a poll.

My vote:
No. 6: Charlotte's Web by E.B. White: 337,948 checkouts.

I read this book to my two daughters multiple times.

You may find this article interesting:
How One Librarian Tried to Squash Goodnight Moon
There’s a reason this classic is missing from the New York Public Library’s list of the 10 most-checked-out books of all time.
Slate Magazine
By Dan Kois
Jan 13, 2020    5:45 AM
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