Bookworms: Did your city make the list?

By Sarah Yang
Updated May 24, 2016
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Seattle has held onto its spot as the most well-read city for the second year in a row, according to Amazon’s annual list of the Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities in the U.S., which was relased on Tuesday. From April 2015 to April 2016, the retail site compiled sales data of books, magazines, and newspapers in both print and Kindle formats from cities with more than 500,000 residents.

The site found that the year’s most-talked about novel (which is also about to become a movie), The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, was the bestselling Kindle and print book in five of the top 10 cities: Portland, Austin, Tucson, Albuquerque, and San Diego. Other titles popular titles this year were organizational guru Marie Kondo’s first guide, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (popular in Seattle, San Francisco, Tucson, and Albuquerque), and the barbecue bible, Franklin Barbecue: A Meat Smoking Manifesto (popular in none other than Austin). Plus, the coloring book trend isn’t going to die out anytime soon, according to the data—these books were included in the top-selling print titles in Denver, Las Vegas, San Diego, and Albuquerque.

See the top 20 most-well read cities below:

  1. Seattle, Washington
  2. Portland, Oregon
  3. Washington, D.C.
  4. San Francisco, California
  5. Austin, Texas
  6. Las Vegas, Nevada
  7. Tucson, Arizona
  8. Denver, Colorado
  9. Albuquerque, New Mexico
  10. San Diego, California
  11. Baltimore, Maryland
  12. Charlotte, North Carolina
  13. Louisville, Kentucky
  14. San Jose, California
  15. Houston, Texas
  16. Nashville, Tennessee
  17. Chicago, Illinois
  18. Indianapolis, Indiana
  19. Dallas, Texas
  20. San Antonio, Texas

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