And New York City's most popular books are ...


It’s the end of yet another year, and while most of New York City is back in business, there is still a lot of reading going on.

But what were 2021’s most popular books? The New York Public Library unveiled its annual list of what patrons have checked out the most. And topping the list for adults?

“Act Your Age, Eve Brown: A Novel” by Talia Hibbert, a British romance novelist known for her efforts to make characters as diverse as possible.

Also topping the adults list are “All Her Little Secrets: A Novel” by Wanda M. Morris, and “The Dangers of Smoking in Bed” from Mariana Enriquez.

The most popular children’s book this year was “Artie and the Wolf Moon” by Olivia Stephens, followed by “Barakah Beats” by Maleeha Siddiqui.

For teens, it was “Boys Run the Riot, Vol. 1,” by Keito Gaku, and “Crossroads at Midnight” by Abby Howard.

Many, if not all, of the library’s top books can be found at local branches, including those in Riverdale, Kingsbridge, Spuyten Duyvil, and Kingsbridge Heights.


COVID milestone reached

Gov. Kathy Hochul had some good news as far as coronavirus vaccines are concerned: 90 percent of all adults in New York have now received at least one dose, while more than 80 percent have completed their series.

Those are the numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however, which skews higher than New York’s own internal numbers. There, the state reports a little more than 85 percent of adults have showed up for at least one dose, while 78 percent are fully vaccinated.

That has certainly helped keep the coronavirus at bay. New York City reports a positive test rate of 1.6 percent as of last weekend, better than the 3.7 percent positive rate statewide.