Lifestyle The New York Public Library's most checked out books of 2015 By Melissa Kravitz firstname.lastname@example.org Updated December 29, 2015 7:21 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Curious what other New Yorkers read this year? The New York Public Library has compiled the top books checked out in 2015. More than 20 million items, including books, were circulated through the NYPL's system -- including 92 branches in Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island -- in 2015. Here's what you maybe got caught reading over someone's shoulder on a crowded train this year. 10. 'Grey' by E. L. James Photo Credit: Vintage A retelling of "50 Shades of Grey" through Christian Grey's perspective had New Yorkers turning pages this year. 9. 'The Paying Guests' by Sarah Waters Photo Credit: Penguin This historical romance -- and crime story! -- set in London circa 1922 was named a best book of the year by The New York Times in 2014, sparking its popularity this year. 8. 'In the Unlikely Event' by Judy Blume Photo Credit: Alfred A. Knopf Everybody's favorite young adult novelist Judy Blume penned her fourth book for adults, released this past summer, which soon became a crowd favorite. Taking place in New York and New Jersey, it's no surprise New Yorkers were drawn to this novel. 7. 'Not That Kind of Girl' by Lena Dunham Photo Credit: Random House 'Girls' creator and star Lena Dunham, a proud New Yorker, released her first memoir in late 2014, which inspired her related podcast with Buzzfeed this past fall. 6. 'Gone Girl' by Gillian Flynn Photo Credit: Broadway Books This 2012 thriller became a 2014 blockbuster starring Rosamunde Pike and Ben Affleck, perhaps prompting New Yorkers to check out the book after seeing the movie last year. 5. 'Prodigal Son' by Danielle Steel Photo Credit: Delacorte Press This February release from Danielle Steel was the best-selling author's second book of the year, followed by six more new books in 2015. Her November title 'Pegasus' was one of the top books in the Bronx this year. 4. 'NYPD Red 3' by Marshall Karp and James Patterson Photo Credit: Little, Brown and Company "Protect the rich. Serve the famous. Hunt the guilty." Alright. This book was also the second most popular book in the Bronx all year and the top checked out book in Staten Island. 3. 'Go Set a Watchman' by Harper Lee Photo Credit: HarperCollins The controversial sequel to "To Kill a Mockingbird" also topped lists in the Bronx and Manhattan, but Staten Islanders weren't as interested in the book. 2. 'The Girl on the Train' by Paula Hawkins Photo Credit: Riverhead Coming to theaters in 2016, this female-powered thriller was popular with those who loved "Gone Girl." Along with being a top-requested library book systemwide, the book has sold 6.5 million copies since its debut in January, according to a report by NPR. 1. 'Leaving Time' by Jodi Picoult Photo Credit: Ballantine Books Still known as the author of "My Sister's Keeper" (2003), the newest book by Jodi Picoult topped the NYPL's list this year as the most popular book of 2015. By Melissa Kravitz email@example.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic The NYPL's role in Hollywood, more secretsThat's why they have so many books: they're full of secrets. Best NYC books of 2015NYC proved itself yet again in 2015's literary landscape. 27 independent bookstores proving NYers love to readPlenty of niche shops combat any notion that brick-and-mortar stores are dead. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.