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The New York Public Library lists its most checked-out books of all time

The New York Public Library shared its 10 most checked out books of all time. Taking the #1 spot was "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats. It has been checked out a total of 485,584 times since 1962.

Other books on the list included "1984" by George Orwell at #3 with 441770 borrows, "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie at #8 with 284524 borrows, and "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" by J.K. Rowling with 231022 borrows.

"Goodnight Moon" is given an honorable mention because it would have been on the list, but the children's librarian in charge when the book was published in 1947 hated it so much she refused to carry it. The library didn't carry it until 1972.


What was the last book you checked out from the library? Favorite children's book?
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Who the fuck hates Goodnight Moon?
Its boring


January 14 2020, 06:17:04 UTC 1 year ago Edited:  January 14 2020, 06:58:41 UTC

some kind of Goodnight Felicia bitch

*wtf at this:

"If Anne Carroll Moore didn’t like a book, she could effectively kill it.” Marcus writes that “editors, authors, and illustrators routinely stopped by to visit with Miss Moore and seek her counsel on their works in progress”; she supposedly had a custom-made rubber stamp reading “NOT RECOMMENDED FOR PURCHASE BY EXPERT,” and she was not afraid to use it."
She sounds like a barrel of fun
I could have a lot of fun with one of those stamps if Goop had a physical shop.


1 year ago

What was the last book you checked out from the library?

I'm currently reading a book I checked out, lol, The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials). I read the first book last year, and recently watched the HBO series so I was interested.

I'm gonna have to pause on checking anything out for a while though because the piles of books on my dresser are getting dangerously tall lol
I just finished “just mercy” earlier tonight. I’m about to start “the witches.”
Also reading 11/22/63 a couple times a week. This is on the back burner since all of the other books are borrowed from the library.


January 14 2020, 05:37:58 UTC 1 year ago Edited:  January 14 2020, 05:39:12 UTC

Wonder why that librarian was so salty about goodnight moon and thought it would be cute to deprive people of inoffensive literature?

Also I have 17 books checked out of the library and am feeling overwhelmed lol. All my damn holds come in at the same time!
And I panicked when I had 3 holds come in at once, omg lol
Lol and I staggered them! Like oh this has 50 holds and this has 3, should be fine the 3 one will come in first but nope everything at the same time 😭
Sounds like a conservative gatekeeper. I just talked to my partner (a librarian) and they said that a part of the function of Librarian ship during that time (1940s) was to be a moral arbiter and gatekeeper.

She probably thought it would displace the "importance" of nightly prayers with a picture book.


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Walden by Henry David Thoreau, both translated and the English version, it's for my thesis though lol

i have a bad habit of buying books and not having the time to read them
I read THG trilogy, Lolita and Series of Unfortunate Events through the library and thats about it. School libraries were far more convenient but absolutely awful in terms of late consequences.

I have read most of these books through school curriculum though lol.


January 14 2020, 05:47:06 UTC 1 year ago Edited:  January 14 2020, 05:51:29 UTC

I have two distinct faves from my childhood that I remember alwaaayys trying to get for reading time in kindergarten. One was Dan, The Flying Man and the other was Too Many Lollipops.

You know what children’s book I really can’t stand though? Love You Forever
Grandfather twilight!
Are you my mother?- But I wonder if some kids would be traumatized by the book if they had absent moms or deceased moms.

Most memorable:


I LOVE The True Story of the Three Little Pigs!
I don't remember the content and the wolf's argument, but I always find alternate perspective stories so intriguing. can be an interesting way to explore empathy.

Also, fuck those pigs!
omggg loved the rainbow fish
All of Beatrix Potter's work, but the Tailor of Gloucester was and remains my favorite. I also loved Jane Hissey's Old Bear stories--I've never seen one of her books in an American book store, though.

All I remember is when reading Fahrenheit 451 my lit teacher was telling us what a big asshole Ray Bradbury is (which is true). So I always let people know what an ass he is when they discuss his books.

the older i get the more I love public libraries. instead of giving amazon more money ive been checking out books and films from there.

im less interested in owning books as i get older, too. especially books ive never read before
Ditto. The only books I own are ones that are gifted to me, which means I haven't read half of them because I didn't choose them myself.
also, 'the hatchet'

not a kids book, but I think i can trace my Leftist bb politics to reading the grapes of wrath in HS
i really liked the hatchet. every once in a looong while, i relate back to it and how it really helped me "survive" & stay a head above the rest while growing up.
my fav books when i was a kid were all roald dahl omg

looooved the witches, the bfg, george's marvelous medicine

my other favorites were narnia, harry potter, nancy drew...nothing too crazy

other fav was this

I loved those
I loved these stories. I remember the chapter where the kid somehow ended up on the 19th floor and it was scary!
I LOVED these books. Made them sacred Scolastic school purchases. All my life when considering getting a tattoo I've wondered what's my version of a potato??
I remember this book

Lol just last week my bro and I were talking about the teacher with the third ear on her head that could read minds.
Never heard of the snowy day lol

My favorite children’s book is the giver. I remember reading it in school and loving it. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I found out there were other companion books. I immediately checked them out from the library.
it’s such a sweet little book. it was one of my absolute favorites growing up.
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