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"The Shape of Water," starring Sally Hawkins and Doug Jones.

Omaha Public Library recently announced its top circulating titles of 2018 in various categories, and the top adult DVD was a curious pick. Not a superhero blockbuster, not a film fast nor furious, but instead the sweet, touching story of a woman who has sex with a fish.

The most popular adult DVD at the library was “The Shape of Water,” the 2017 best picture winner from Guillermo del Toro, about a cleaning woman who falls for an amphibious creature being experimented upon by a secret government lab and tortured by a screaming Michael Shannon.

The best picture accolade surely contributed to the film’s popularity with library patrons, but one also has to wonder if Omahans weren’t drawn to the movie's aquat-erotica. Perhaps our distance from any major body of water had us curious about:

1. Deep sea creatures.

2. What it looks like when a deep sea creature makes love to a woman.

In any case, here are the top-circulating library titles of 2018 in various categories, the rest of which did not include fish sex.

Additionally, library staff have selected more than 100 of their favorite book titles from 2018, presenting them with brief reviews at topshelf.omahalibrary.org. To put any of these titles on hold, go to omahalibrary.org.

Top adult DVDs

1. “The Shape of Water”

2. “Dunkirk”

3. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

4. “Wonder Woman”

5. “The Greatest Showman”

6. “Downsizing”

7. “Blade Runner 2049”

8. “Game Night”

9. “I, Tonya”

10. “The Post”

Top adult fiction titles in print books

1. “The Woman in the Window” by A. J. Finn

2. “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah

3. “The Rooster Bar” by John Grisham

4. “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng

5. “The 17th Suspect” by James Patterson

6. “The Midnight Line” by Lee Child

7. “Hardcore Twenty-Four” by Janet Evanovich

8. “The President is Missing” by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

9. “The Disappeared” by C. J. Box

10. “Twisted Prey” by John Sandford

Top adult nonfiction titles in print books

1. “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis

2. “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover

3. “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by Michael Wolff

4. “Fear: Trump in the White House” by Bob Woodward

5. “A Higher Loyalty” by James Comey

6. “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” by Michelle McNamara

7. “The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning” by Margareta Magnusson

8. “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos” by Jordan B. Peterson

9. “Killers of the Flower Moon” by David Grann

10. “Home Sweet Murder: True-Crime Thrillers” by James Patterson

Top adult e-books – fiction and nonfiction

1. “Origin” by Dan Brown

2. “The Rooster Bar” by John Grisham

3. “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood

4. “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng

5. “Two Kinds of Truth” by Michael Connelly

6. “Two by Two” by Nicholas Sparks

7. “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah

8. “Into the Water” by Paula Hawkins

9. “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate

10. “Crazy Rich Asians” by Kevin Kwan

Top print magazines

1. People

2. Us Weekly

3. Real Simple

4. Prevention

5. HGTV Magazine

6. House Beautiful

7. Time

8. O, The Oprah Magazine

9. National Geographic

10. This Old House

Top online magazines

1. Us Weekly

2. OK! Magazine

3. The New Yorker

4. Newsweek

5. The Economist

6. Better Homes & Gardens

7. HGTV Magazine

8. Good Housekeeping

9. Prevention

10. Reader’s Digest

Top young children's titles in print books

1. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway” by Jeff Kinney

2. “Dog Man and Cat Kid” by Dav Pilkey

3. “Pete the Cat and the New Guy” by Kimberly and James Dean

4. “Wonder” by R. J. Palacio

5. “My New Friend Is So Fun!” by Mo Willems

6. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley’s Journal” by Jeff Kinney

7. “Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses” by Kimberly and James Dean

8. “There’s a Wocket in My Pocket” by Dr. Seuss

9. “Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties” by Dav Pilkey

10. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling

Top youth/teen print titles

1. “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas

2. “Turtles All The Way Down” by John Green

3. “Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell

4. “The Dark Prophecy” by Rick Riordan

5. “The Burning Maze” by Rick Riordan

6. “Children of Blood and Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi

7. “The Ship of the Dead” by Rick Riordan

8. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” by J.K. Rowling

9. “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” by J.K. Rowling

10. “The Hammer of Thor” by Rick Riordan

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