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Nancy Pearl is a regular commentator about books on NPR'sMorning Edition and NPR affiliate stations KUOW in Seattle and KWGS in Tulsa.

Most-Read Books At The Seattle Public Library

At the 1936 Olympic Games, the University of Washington eight-oar boat crossed the finish line ahead of Italy. They were featured in The Boys in the Boat by Seattle-area author Daniel James Brown.
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At the 1936 Olympic Games, the University of Washington eight-oar boat crossed the finish line ahead of Italy. They were featured in The Boys in the Boat by Seattle-area author Daniel James Brown.

We’re always looking for good book recommendations, which is why you often hear librarian Nancy Pearl on KUOW. That's why, ahead of summer reading season, we found out the most-checked-out and downloaded titles in 2014 from the Seattle Public Library.

Most Checked-Out Books 

1. The Goldfinch
By Donna Tartt
Nancy Pearl recommends!

2. The Signature of all Things
By Elizabeth Gilbert
Listen to Elizabeth Gilbert on KUOW

3. The Invention of Wings
By Sue Monk Kidd
NPR’s review

4. Allegiant (Book 3 of the Divergent trilogy)
By Veronica Roth
Reader reviews at Seattle Public Library

5.  The Fault in Our Stars
By John Green
Reader reviews at Seattle Public Library

6.  Gone Girl
By Gillian Flynn
Speakers Forum: Gillian Flynn On Becoming A Novelist (And Scaring the heck out of people)

7. The Boys in the Boat : Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
By Daniel James Brown
Daniel James Brown on Fresh Air about the University of Washington rowers.

Video of the University of Washington team winning the Olympics:

https://youtu.be/RQVtQLcsmlE

8.  Capital in the Twenty-First Century
By Thomas Piketty
NPR’s review

9. The Luminaries
By Eleanor Catton
Reader reviews at Seattle Public Library

10. Divergent
By Veronica Roth
Nancy Pearl recommends!

Top e-books

1.  Gone Girl
By Gillian Flynn

2. The Fault in Our Stars
By John Green

3. The Goldfinch
By Donna Tartt

4. Divergent
By Veronica Roth

5. Fifty Shades of Grey: Fifty Shades Trilogy, Book 1
By E.L. James
How Does Hollywood See Seattle? In 50 Shades Of Grey

6. The Cuckoo's Calling: Cormoran Strike Series, Book 1
By J.K. Rawling
NPR’s review

7. A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire Series, Book 1
By George R.R. Martin
Reader reviews at Seattle Public Library

8. The Night Circus
By Erin Morgenstern
Reader reviews at Seattle Public Library

9. The Book Thief
By Mark Zusak
Reader reviews at Seattle Public Library

10. Allegiant (Book 3 of the Divergent trilogy)
By Veronica Roth