These were the most popular books in Pittsburgh this summer

Pittsburghers read more than 180,000 books from June to August.

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MJ Slaby

From books turned into TV dramas to classic children’s stories to the ever-popular Harry Potter series, Pittsburghers bounced around for variety in their summer reading.

In July, The Incline checked in on the most popular library books of the summer so far. Only three of those books — “Hillbilly Elegy,” “Into the Water” and “Camino Island” — made the list at the end of the summer for most popular during Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s summer reading challenge.

Between June 11 and Aug. 31, more than 16,000 Pittsburghers read a record 184,376 books (including ebooks and audiobooks), surpassing the library’s summer reading goal of 180,000.

The library tallied the most popular books of the challenge — including titles not checked out from the library — into lists for adults, teens and kids. So check off the ones you’ve read, then grab one you haven’t. (P.S. if you grab a beach towel and a summer drink too, it might just feel like summer again.)

Top summer reading challenge books

For adults:

  • The Trespasser by Tana French
  • The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
  • The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close
  • Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  • The Walking Dead series by Robert Kirkman
  • Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
  • Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
  • Fences by August Wilson
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • Rare Objects by Kathleen Tessaro
  • Camino Island by John Grisham
  • Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

For teens:

  • Naruto series by Masashi Kishimoto
  • Assassination Classroom series by Yūsei Matsui
  • Dork Diaries series by Rachel Renée Russell
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney
  • Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
  • One Piece series by Eiichiro Oda
  • My Hero Academia series by Kōhei Horikoshi
  • Tokyo Ghoul series by Sui Ishida
  • One Punch Man series by One
  • The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Laila Lalami
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  • Attack on Titan series by Hajime Isayama
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

For kids:

  • The Berenstain Bears series by Stan, Jan and Mike Berenstain
  • Curious George series by Margret Rey and H. A. Rey
  • Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey
  • Pete the Cat series by Eric Litwin
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?  by Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle
  • Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
  • Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Rachel Renée Russell
  • Robosauce by Adam Rubin
  • Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
  • Chika Chika Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault
  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
  • Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton