See the most checked books of 2022 in the Kent County Library System

KENT COUNTY, MI – The Kent County Library System saw more than 2.7 million physical material checkouts from 21 branches in 2022.

But of those exits, 10 titles ranked as the most-recorded last year. Grand Rapids has a separate library system from Kent County Library.

The most checked titles can be found below. Brief descriptions of each title have been pulled from the library system’s website. Some descriptions have been cut for size.

1. “The Last Thing He Said To Me” by Laura Dave – 1,101 Checkout

“When her husband goes missing for a year, Hannah soon learns he’s not who he said he is, and she’s left to clear the truth with only one ally—her teenage daughter-in-law, whom she hates.”

2. “Wish You Were Here” by Jodi Picoult – 1,043 checkouts

“From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of ‘Small Great Things’ and ‘The Book of Two Ways’ comes a deeply moving novel about the resilience of the human spirit in a moment of crisis.”

3. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot” by Jeff Kinney – 999 checkout

“After a disastrous field day competition at school, Greg decides that when it comes to his athletic career, he’s officially retired. But after his mother urges him to give sports another chance, he reluctantly agrees to sign up for basketball.”

4. “Run, Rose, Run” by Dolly Parton and James Patterson – 951 Checkout

“One of America’s most beloved stars and greatest storyteller–a thriller about a young singer-songwriter on the ups and downs, determined to do whatever it takes to survive.”

5. “Dog Man: Mothering Heights” by Dav Pilkey – 902 Checkout

Dog Man is down on his luck, Betty confronts his checkered past, and Grampa is up to no good. The world is spinning out of control as new villains flood into town. Everything looks dark and full of despair. But hope is not lost. Can the incredible power of love save Today? “

6. “The Wish” by Nicholas Sparks – 900 Check Out

1996 was the year that changed everything for Maggie Dawes. Sent away at sixteen to live with an aunt she barely knew in Ocracoke, a remote village in the Outer Banks, North Carolina, she could only think of the friends and family she had left behind. …until she meets Bryce Trickett, one of the few teens on the island.”

7. “The Four Winds” by Christine Hanna – 887 check out

“From Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author of ‘The Nightingale’ and ‘The Great Alone,’ comes an epic novel of love, heroism, and hope, set against the backdrop of one of America’s most defining eras–the Great Depression. Texas, 1934.”

8. “Dog Man: Grime and Punishment” by Dave Pilkey – 862 checkout

“Supa Buddies have fooled the bad guys, but all is not right in the world. Dog Man has a new crush problem, and he’s going to need his whole pack to help him. Is he going to go barking up the wrong tree?”

9. “Book Lovers” by Emily Henry — 859 checkout

“A book-based literary agent must decide if a happily ever after is worth changing her whole life for the sake of this hilarious, uplifting new novel from the first-time author of the New York Times bestselling ‘Beach Read and People We Meet on Vacation’.”

10. “Guts” by Raina Telgemeier – 858 checkout

Raina wakes up one night with a very upset stomach. Her mom has one too, so it’s possible it’s just a bug. Raina eventually returns to school, where she deals with the usual highs and lows: friends, not friends, and classmates who think the school year is over. It’s just one long session. It soon becomes apparent that Raina’s tummy problem isn’t going away… and coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships. What’s going on here?”

The physical item pulled in the most last year was the library system’s portable WiFi hotspots, with 2,954 enrollments.

In addition to a total of 2,747,973 physical registrations—not including renewals—the library system also saw a total of 1,964,465 digital registrations in 2022.

In the past year, the library system has seen a 15.3% increase in the total number of digital checkouts as of 2021, and a 0.7% increase in the total number of physical checkouts.

“We do everything we can to make sure we have the books and other offerings our customers want and need,” said Lance Werner, Kent County Library Executive Director.

Of that 1.9 million, more than 1 million of the digital payments made last year were e-books and audiobooks. This was the first time the library system had over 1 million digital book checkouts.

“Digital access continues to be the fastest growing segment of public library resources,” said Werner. “We are thrilled to be able to meet people wherever they are, to provide them with books, movies, audiobooks, and more.”

Here are the top 10 digitally scanned titles of the past year. The list includes audiobooks, and is denoted by the word “audio”.

1. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens (Audio) – 2,375 check out

“Fans of Barbara Kingsolver will love this New York Times bestselling nature writer’s stunning debut novel, about an unforgettable young woman determined to make her way in the wilds of North Carolina, and the two men who break through her solitude.”

2. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens – 2,151 checkout

3. “Atomic Habits” by James Clear (Acoustic) – 1865 Checkout

“A leading habit-forming expert reveals practical strategies for forming good habits, breaking bad ones, and mastering small behaviors that lead to noticeable results.”

4. “The Maid” by Nita Prose – 1714 checkout

“A charmingly eccentric hotel maid discovers that a guest has been murdered in his bed, turns her once orderly world upside down—and inspires a diverse cast of unlikely allies to work together to solve the mystery—in this totally original debut.”

5. “The Truth” by Colin Hoover – 1689 Sign Out

“Lewin Ashley is a struggling writer on the brink of financial collapse when she accepts a job offer for life. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, hires Lewin to complete the remaining books in a successful series that his injured wife can’t finish.”

6. “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig – 1,687 checkouts

A brilliant novel about all the choices that go into living a good life, from the author of the international bestsellers Reasons to Survive and How to Stop Time. Somewhere beyond the edge of the universe is a library containing an infinite number of books, each Another true story.”

7. “Lincoln Highway” By Amour Towls – 1,671 checkouts

The best-selling author of A Gentleman in Moscow and The Rules of Civility and master of cutting edge fantasy returns with an elegant and powerful novel set in 1950s America. In June 1954, eighteen-year-old Emmett Watson was taken home to Nebraska by a juvenile work farm guard where he had just served fifteen months for manslaughter.

8. “The Maid” by Nita Prose (audio) – 1,575 check out

9. “The Last Thing He Said To Me” by Laura Dave – 1480 Checkout

“When her husband goes missing for a year, Hannah soon learns he’s not who he said he was, and she’s left to sort out the truth with only one ally – her teenage stepdaughter, whom she hates.”

10. “Beach Reading” by Emily Henry – 1409 checkout

“A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engages in a summer challenge that may happily upend everything they believe in afterwards.”

The 10 most-read genres—for physical departures—were last year:

  1. Silhouette – 1,140,458 checkout
  2. Nonfiction – 431,238 checkout
  3. Graphic Novels – 133,676 Checkout
  4. Sci-Fi/Fantasy – 130,483 checkouts
  5. Mystery – 117,399 sign out
  6. Romance – 72,096 checkouts
  7. Inspirational – 69,815 checkout
  8. Vacation – 52328 log out
  9. Showdown (youth only) – 27,943 exits
  10. Historical Novel (For Young Adults Only) – 19,548 checkout

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