Bentley Library Top 10 Most Popular Books, DVDs & Audiobooks of 2018/19

It’s time for the 10th annual Bentley Library Top 10! 

At the end of every academic year we tabulate the library’s most popular books, audiobooks, DVDs, and OverDrive downloadable ebooks and audiobooks based on the number of times they have been borrowed (excluding items placed on reserve for a class). These are our very own “Bentley Bestsellers” lists!

This year nonfiction scored big, claiming six spots in the Popular Reading ranking, a list typically dominated by fiction. Michelle Obama’s biography Becoming and Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover were especially popular. On the fiction side, new releases by perennially popular authors Liane Moriarty, Jodi Picoult, John Grisham, and Louise Penny made appearances.

This is your chance to see what Bentley students, faculty and staff have been reading, watching, and listening to. We hope you enjoy this annual tradition as much as we do and that you are inspired to pick up a new book or film. As always, there were many ties in the rankings, so you have quite a few options.

Browse the BENTLEY LIBRARY TOP 10 lists for academic year 2018-2019 in the categories of Popular Reading, Stacks (regular book collection), Audiobooks (compact disc), Popular DVDs, OverDrive Downloaded eBooks and OverDrive Downloaded Audiobooks.

Top 10 Most Circulated Books from the Popular Reading Collection

1. BECOMING by Michelle Obama [check availability]

2. EDUCATED: A MEMOIR by Tara Westover [check availability]

3. NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by Liane Moriarty [check availability]

4. (tie) THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah [check availability]

4. (tie) THE RECKONING by John Grisham [check availability]

4. (tie) WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens [check availability]

7. (tie) 21 LESSONS FOR THE 21st CENTURY by Yuval Noah Harari [check availability]

7. (tie) A SPARK OF LIGHT by Jodi Picoult [check availability]

7. (tie) ASTROPHYSICS FOR PEOPLE IN A HURRY by Neil deGrasse Tyson [check availability]

7. (tie) FEAR: TRUMP IN THE WHITE HOUSE by Bob Woodward [check availability]

7. (tie) THE LIBRARY BOOK by Susan Orlean [check availability]

Top 10 Most Circulated Books from the Stacks

1.  HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE by Dale Carneige [check availability]

2. (tie) FREAKONOMICS by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner [check availability]

2. (tie) THINKING FAST AND SLOW by Daniel Kahneman [check availability]

4. LIAR’S POKER by Michael Lewis [check availability]

5. (tie) BAD BLOOD: SECRETS AND LIES IN A SILICON VALLEY STARTUP by John Carreyrou [check availability]

5. (tie) PRINCIPLES: LIFE AND WORK by Ray Dalio [check availability]

7. (tie) AN INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICAL LEARNING: WITH APPLICATIONS IN R by Gareth James, Daniela Witten, Trevor Hastie, and Robert Tibshirani [check availability]

7. (tie) MOSTLY HARMLESS ECONOMETRICS: AN EMPIRICIST’S COMPANION by Joshua D. Angrist and Jörn-Steffen Pischke [check availability]

7. (tie) MULTIVARIATE DATA ANALYSIS by Joseph F. Hair, Jr. [check availability]

7. (tie) RICH DAD, POOR DAD by by Robert T. Kiyosaki [check availability]

7. (tie) THINK AND GROW RICH by Napoleon Hill [check availability]

Top 10 Most Circulated Audiobooks [Compact Disc]

1. (tie) BECOMING by Michelle Obama [check availability]

1. (tie) EDUCATED: A MEMOIR by Tara Westover [check availability]

1. (tie) THE DEATH OF MRS. WESTAWAY by Ruth Ware [check availability]

4. (tie) THERE, THERE by Tommy Orange [check availability]

4. (tie) A SPARK OF LIGHT by Jodi Picoult [check availability]

4. (tie) COURT OF LIES by Gerry Spence [check availability]

4. (tie) IN PIECES by Sally Field [check availability]

4. (tie) KINGDOM OF THE BLIND by Louise Penny [check availability]

4. (tie) ROBERT B. PARKER’S COLORBLIND by Reed Farrel Coleman [check availability]

4. (tie) ROBIN by David Itzkoff [check availability]

4. (tie) THE CLOCKMAKER’S DAUGHTER by Kate Morton [check availability]

4. (tie) THE ENGLISH WIFE by Lauren Willig [check availability]

4. (tie) ORIGIN by Dan Brown [check availability]

4. (tie) THE FORBIDDEN DOOR by Dean Koontz [check availability]

4. (tie) THE RECKONING by John Grisham [check availability]

4. (tie) THE WOMAN LEFT BEHIND by Linda Howard [check availability]

4. (tie) UNSHELTERED by Barbara Kingsolver [check availability]

Top 10 Most Circulated DVDs from the Popular DVD Collection

1. OCEAN’S EIGHT [check availability]

2. TAG [check availability]

3. CRAZY RICH ASIANS [check availability]

4. BOOK CLUB [check availability]

5. (tie) AVENGERS, INFINITY WAR [check availability]

5. (tie) BLACKKKLANSMAN [check availability]

5. (tie) LEAVE NO TRACE [check availability]

5. (tie) WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? [check availability]

9. (tie) BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY [check availability]

9. (tie) JURASSIC WORLD, FALLEN KINGDOM [check availability]

Top 10 Downloaded eBooks [OverDrive]

1. BECOMING by Michelle Obama [check availability]

2. NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by Liane Moriarty [check availability]

3. A SIMPLE FAVOR by Darcey Bell [check availability]

4. ALL WE EVER WANTED by Emily Griffin [check availability]

5. CLOCK DANCE by Anne Tyler [check availability]

6. A SPARK OF LIGHT by Jodi Picoult [check availability]

7. THE RECKONING by John Grisham [check availability]

8. (tie) THE FIFTH RISK by Michael Lewis [check availability]

8. (tie) KINGDOM OF THE BLIND by Louise Penny [check availability]

8. (tie) UNSHELTERED by Barbara Kingsolver [check availability]

Top 10 Downloaded Audiobooks [OverDrive]

1. BECOMING by Michelle Obama [check availability]

2. WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens [check availability]

3. (tie) NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by Liane Moriarty [check availability]

3. (tie) READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline [check availability]

5. (tie) US AGAINST YOU by Fredrik Backman [check availability]

5. (tie) BRING ME BACK by B. A. Paris [check availability]

5. (tie) CLOCK DANCE by Anne Tyler [check availability]

5. (tie) THE WITCH ELM by Tana French [check availability]

9. ROBIN by David Itzkoff [check availability]

10. (tie) STILL LIFE by Louise Penny [check availability]

10. (tie) AN ABSOLUTELY REMARKABLE THING by Hank Green [check availability]

10. (tie) TIME’S CONVERT by Deborah Harkness [check availability]

View previous Bentley Library Top 10 lists:

Enjoy These New Books, Movies, TV Shows & Audiobooks!

Looking for something new to read, watch, or listen to? Our new acquisitions lists are a great place to start browsing!

We added 176 new books, DVDs, and audiobooks to the library’s collections in May. Go to the New Books & DVDs page to browse the new arrivals by subject or format. When you see something you want, click the “Request” button to place a hold on it.

Even if you aren’t near campus this summer you can still borrow books and audiobooks. Use the OverDrive app to download ebooks and digital audiobooks to your computer or mobile device. For help using OverDrive, view their Getting Started page or contact the Reference Desk for personal assistance.

Summer Session Hours: May 28 - August 9

The library’s regular summer session hours are in effect from May 28 – August 9, 2019.

1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Monday – Thursday
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Please note that library will open from 9:00am-5:00pm on Saturday, June 1, for Reunion Weekend. Our hours will also change for the 4th of July holiday and between summer sessions when classes are not being held.

For more information about the library and help desk hours please view our online hours calendar.

ESOL Center and Writing Center Open This Summer

Bentley University’s ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Center and Writing Center are now accepting appointments from all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in summer session classes.

Tutors at both centers are offering in-person and online sessions! Use the links below to see details and book your appointments.

The ESOL Center
Bentley Library, lower level, room 26

Monday and Wednesday
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Looking for help with writing, presentations, pronunciation, and conversation enrichment? Come to the ESOL Center! Bentley University students whose home language is not English are invited to take advantage of the free tutorial services offered by Bentley’s ESOL Center. Schedule your ESOL appointment online.

The Writing Center
Bentley Library, lower level, room 23

Tuesday and Thursday
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Writing Center staff provide one-to-one assistance with writing skills at all stages of the writing process. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged. Schedule your Writing Center appointment online.

Special Library Hours: Thursday, May 9 - Monday, May 27

The spring semester is ending, which means our hours are changing. Please check our schedule before you visit! Hours for May 9 – 27, which encompasses summer intensive classes and the Memorial Day holiday weekend, are listed below. To see the library’s full summer schedule please view the online calendar.

Thursday, May 9
last day of final exams

close at 6:00 p.m.
please note that Einstein’s closes for the summer at at 2:00 p.m.

Friday, May 10 – Friday, May 24
summer intensives

Saturday & Sunday:

Monday – Thursday
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
*exception: close at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 24

Saturday, May 25 – Monday, May 27
Memorial Day Holiday Weekend


For more information about summer hours at the library and help desk please view the online hours calendar.

Book Dedications in Honor of Our Class of '19 Student Assistants

The Bentley Library’s doors are open 100+ hours a week because our student assistants arrive to work at 7:30am and leave at 2:00am. During exams period they work overnight to provide the 24-hour library access Bentley students desire. Books, DVDs, course reserves and other items are available because our student assistants have covered, labeled, and shelved them. Have you ever utilized Interlibrary Loan or Scan on Demand? Our student workers are an integral part of that process as well. The library could not function without our student employees.

At the end of the academic year we show appreciation to our graduating student assistants with a book or film dedication. Each student is invited to select an item that is meaningful to them, which is then affixed with a special bookplate in their name. A display of their selections will be available soon in the Popular Reading area. You can also view the photo album on Facebook and our Student Employee Dedications Pinterest board.

This year, dedications have been made on behalf of these Class of 2019 graduates:

Selena Almazan
Froggy Eats Out

Jennifer Calnan
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Alex Chin-Sukhdeo
The Giver

Kyle Geaney
Papi: My Story

Max Iannazzi
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Malia Lucas-Greene
The Great Gatsby

Parker McBride
Green Book

Naseef McCray
The Gift of Anger

Alex Stapelfeld
The Empire Strikes Back

Sarah Willoughby
Vienna Prelude

The Bentley Library staff thank all of our student assistants and send best wishes to our graduates. Congratulations!