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!
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
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!
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
A Touch of Farmhouse Charm by Liz Fourez
Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door
Make It, Freeze It, edited by Christine Rukavena
How to Instant Pot by Daniel Schumski
Filthy Rich by James Patterson
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
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 /
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
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!