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Posted on: June 7, 2019

Popular checkouts, past and present


Because we're a bunch of book nerds, we love to pull together statistics about which books have been flying off the shelves lately. 

For this post, we tallied up the most popular books in the first third of the year (January through April), then compared them to popular titles from that same period in 2017 and 2018. Turns out, there are just a few books -- mostly among the teen fiction -- that show up multiple times. Let's take a peek!

Adult Fiction

In adult fiction, there are a few different authors who appear among our popular titles over the last three years, but there aren't any specific books that repeat. If you like Minnesota authors like Brian Freeman and William Kent Krueger, you're in good company with other Washington County readers! 


The Crooked Street by Brian Freeman

Deep Freeze by John Sandford

Manitou Canyon by William Kent Krueger

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Camino Island by John Grisham

Escape Clause by John Sandford

Liar Liar by James Patterson and Candice Fox

The Midnight Line by Lee Child

Order to Kill by Vince Flynn

Desolation Mountain by William Kent Krueger

Origin by Dan Brown

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Past Tense by Lee Child

The Voice Inside by Brian Freeman

The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly

Adult Nonfiction

There aren't any repeated titles or authors among the most popular adult nonfiction of 2019, 2018, and 2017. This year's early picks include some of the most well-regarded memoirs of the previous year, a book that made major political headlines and... the encyclopedia. Curious!

Becoming by Michelle ObamaHillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

The World Book EncyclopediaGrant by Ron Chernow

A Touch of Farmhouse Charm by Liz Fourez

Educated by Tara WestoverBeing Mortal by Atul Gawande

Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door

Fear by Bob WoodwardLeonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

Make It, Freeze It, edited by Christine Rukavena

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

How to Instant Pot by Daniel Schumski

Filthy Rich by James Patterson

Teen Fiction

This might be the most interesting batch of the bunch. You can see several repeated authors, including Angie Thomas and Ruta Sepetys, as well as one book that made all three lists! 


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Scythe by Neal Shusterman / 

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

The Crown by Kiera Cass

That's a lot of books! Many of these titles are available right now, so check them out. Still looking for your next great read? Browse through our catalog to find a great book, or reach out to a Washington County librarian at your local branch to get their best recommendation for you. Happy reading!

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