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Posted on: July 10, 2018

Our most popular checkouts of 2018 (so far)


Mid-way through the year is a great time to take a quick peek back at the most popular materials checked out from Washington County Library so far this year. The following list just includes the most popular titles in our physical collection (so no ebooks, e-audiobooks, or digital magazines). Did any of your favorite titles or authors make the list? 

Adult Fiction

The librarian in charge of ordering new books has a list of authors we buy automatically because they’re so popular. All of the authors who are represented in our top five most popular adult fiction titles are on that list! 

  1. Deep Freeze by John Sandford (348 checkouts)
  2. Sulfur Springs by William Kent Krueger (337 checkouts)
  3. Golden Prey by John Sandford (281 checkouts)
  4. The Midnight Line by Lee Child (280 checkouts)
  5. The Rooster Bar by John Grisham (274 checkouts)

Adult Nonfiction

Four of the books on our most popular adult nonfiction list make a lot of sense, but who knew the encyclopedia was such a popular title to take home? 

  1. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance (151 checkouts)
  2. The World Book Encyclopedia (112 checkouts)
  3. Murder, Interrupted by James Patterson (101 checkouts)
  4. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande (100 checkouts)
  5. Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff (92 checkouts)

Teen Fiction

Angie Thomas’s blockbuster book (soon to be a major motion picture) just squeaked out the top spot on our popular teen fiction list, edging out John Green for that honor:  

  1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (113 checkouts)
  2. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (111 checkouts)
  3. Scythe by Neal Shusterman (107 checkouts)
  4. The Selection by Kiera Cass (92 checkouts)
  5. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (88 checkouts)

Juvenile Fiction

Books in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney accounted for nine of the top 15 most popular titles checked-out so far this year, racking up an impressive 2,156 checkouts through the end of June. The other most popular juvenile fiction titles were: 

  1. Dork Diaries by Rachel Renée Russell (289 checkouts)
  2. Wonder by R.J. Palacio (223 checkouts)
  3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (159 checkouts)
  4. The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer (155 checkouts)

Children’s Books

Animals – pigeons and pigs and cats, oh my! – are the stars of our most popular children’s books of so far this year:  

  1. The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems (172 checkouts)
  2. Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure by Derek Anderson (155 checkouts)
  3. The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! by Mo Willems (145 checkouts)
  4. Rock On, Mom and Dad! by James Dean (144 checkouts)
  5. Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin (138 checkouts)

Video Games

Video games are the newest item added to our physical collection, debuting last fall. In that time, they’ve been well-received, and popular enough that we’re working on getting even more titles and systems added. Here's what's been popular: 

  1. Mariokart 8 (45 checkouts)
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (39 checkouts)
  3. Madden NFL 18 (37 checkouts)
  4. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (37 checkouts)
  5. Assassin's Creed: Origins (37 checkouts)


Washington County’s magazine readers are an eclectic bunch, everything from celebrity news and gossip to model railroad aficionados:  

  1. People (515 checkouts)
  2. Consumer Reports (350 checkouts)
  3. Real Simple (248 checkouts)
  4. National Geographic (213 checkouts)
  5. Model Railroader (212 checkouts)


And finally, DVDs! Even in an age of streaming and digital downloads, new releases still get circulate pretty regularly in our collection: 

  1. Blade Runner 2049 (254 checkouts)
  2. Despicable Me 3 (249 checkouts)
  3. Wonder Woman (211 checkouts)
  4. Captain Underpants (192 checkouts)
  5. Spider-Man: Homecoming (173 checkouts)

Keep it up, Washington County readers! Looking for something new to read? Check out our recently added fiction, nonfiction, teen, and children's titles, or browse all our materials in our catalog at

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