Looking for escape: 10 most-borrowed books from Volusia libraries during COVID pandemic – Daytona Beach News-Journal

The pandemic was a time of renewed focus on solitary activities — the kind that can be done at home, with limited contact with other people, unless they were under the same roof. 
Enter, the library. Throughout history, books have provided the perfect combination of a way to pass the time and a way to be transported to another world, even if it’s just for awhile. Bonus, it doesn’t include actual travel, just the comfort of your living room couch. 
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In Volusia County, library users during the COVID-19 pandemic were mostly interested in fiction — stories about mysterious murders or crimes gone wrong. Stories about people pushed to their limits.
Here are the most-checked-out library books between October 2020 and October 2021. The list does not include e-content, just physical books that are borrowed from one of the county’s branches. 
Published in June, the novel follows an attorney representing a 16-year-old accused of murdering a local deputy in 1990. Although some in their Mississippi town are waiting to see the death penalty handed out, attorney Jake Brigance puts his reputation and safety on the line to save the teen from a wrongful conviction.
Set during the Dust Bowl era of the Great Depression, this book follows one woman as she tries to decide whether to fight for the life she’s known or go west in search of something more. 
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This is the story of twin sisters who grow up together in a small, southern Black community and ran away at 16 — but end up living very different lives as adults. One secretly passes for white and her white husband doesn’t know anything about her past. The other lives with her Black daughter in the town she once tried to escape. Told over the span of years, you get a glimpse into the lives of both twins and their daughters. 
A failed bank robber takes a group of hostages at an apartment open house. No one is entirely who they seem to be, and they’re all craving some sort of rescue. Their lifetimes of grievances, hurts, secrets, and passions are ready to boil over.
Jack Reacher ends up in a small Tennessee town where he saves a hapless soul from an uneven fight. The man turns out to be an IT manager looking to clear his name after a cyberattack on the town. Reacher must figure out who exactly the bad guys are, and what’s really going on in the small town. 
‘The Guest List’ by Lucy Foley
Guests gather off the coast of Ireland to celebrate a bride and groom at a seemingly perfect wedding — aside from the drinking games, the ruined dresses, and an uncomfortable toast. But the appearance of a dead body really brings things to a halt. 
An FBI agent’s search for her twin sister, who was abducted at the age of 6, takes her to New Jersey — and straight into another agent’s case. Their joint investigation uncovers more than they could have ever dreamed. 
‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ by Dalia Owens
Rumors of the “Marsh Girl,” a young girl unfit for polite society, haunted a quiet fishing village for years. So when a young man turns up dead in late 1969, police were quick to blame Kya Clark, AKA the Marsh Girl. She has the skills to stay alone forever — but was drawn to two young men from town, for better or worse. The book spent more than 100 weeks on the bestseller list. 
The only nonfiction book to make the list, “The Promised Land” is the first of two volumes of Barack Obama’s memoir. It covers his earliest political aspirations to the realities of being elected 44th president of the United States. 
When police pull over defense attorney Mickey Haller and find the body of a client in the trunk of his car, Haller knows he was framed. He begins building his own defense from jail while trying to withstand all that comes with being an officer of the law behind bars.