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Posted on: September 23, 2019

Our most popular checkouts of summer 2019

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The leaves are turning and the air feels a little crisp, which can only mean one thing: fall is here! But before we dive into cozy reads and pumpkin spiced everything, we thought it would be fun to take a peek back at our most popular books of the summer. 

Across Washington County Library, readers checked out nearly 430,000 items from our print collection, and another 114,000 from our digital stacks, from May through August. Below, we've gathered the top checkouts in five categories – kids books, juvenile fiction, teen fiction, adult fiction, and adult nonfiction.   

To keep these lists from being dominated by familiar names like Mo Willems, Dav Pilkey, Suzanne Collins, and John Sandford, we limited each list to include just one book per author. Here's what was popular in Washington County this summer!

Kids Books

Mo Willems was, far and away, our most popular children's author of the summer. LEGOs, Disney, and animals were also among our top checkouts. 

  1. It's Shoe Time! by Mo Willems and Bryan Collier (171 checkouts)
  2. Pete the Cat's Groovy Bake Sale by James Dean (157 checkouts)
  3. Ready for Takeoff! by Sonia Sander (156 checkouts)
  4. Clifford Goes to Kindergarten by Norman Bridwell (142 checkouts)
  5. Pinkalicious and the Pirates by Victoria Kann (134 checkouts)
  6. Moana and Pua, adapted by Melissa Lagonegro (115 checkouts)
  7. Calling All Master Builders! by David Fentiman (115 checkouts)
  8. Awesome Heroes by Rosie Peet (112 checkouts)
  9. Awesome Adventures by Helen Murray (112 checkouts)
  10. Daniel Plays Ball by Maggie Testa (111 checkouts)

Juvenile Fiction

Checkouts in juvenile fiction were dominated by long-running series like Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Dog Man. Author Raina Telgemeier was also popular this summer, although in keeping with our list rules only one of her stand-alone books is on this list. 

  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway by Jeff Kinney (220 checkouts)
  2. Dog Man by Dav Pilkey (200 checkouts)
  3. Big Nate: Payback Time! by Lincoln Pierce (168 checkouts)
  4. Drama by Raina Telgemeier (147 checkouts)
  5. All's Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson (145 checkouts)
  6. Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-so-Secret Crush Catastrophe by Rachel Renée Russell (141 checkouts)
  7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling (121 checkouts)
  8. Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt by Ben Clanton (109 checkouts)
  9. Amulet. Book 8, Supernova by Kazu Kibuishi (109 checkouts)
  10. El Deafo by Cece Bell (106 checkouts)

Teen Fiction

For more than a decade, Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy has been a must-read for teens. This summer was no exception, although it was actually the second book in the trilogy that made our top checkouts list. 

  1. The hate u give by Angie Thomas (127 checkouts)                                     
  2. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (96 checkouts)
  3. The Maze Runner by James Dashner (83 checkouts)
  4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (81 checkouts)
  5. Scythe by Neal Shusterman (75 checkouts)
  6. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (74 checkouts)
  7. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (72 checkouts)
  8. To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han (71 checkouts)
  9. The Selection by Kiera Cass (65 checkouts)
  10. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (56 checkouts)

Adult Fiction

WashCoLib readers love mysteries and thrillers, and our adult fiction list reflects that. Even the two titles that lean towards literary fiction The Great Alone and Where the Crawdads Sing have an element of mystery to them.

  1.  Neon Prey by John Sandford (218 checkouts)
  2. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (209 checkouts)
  3. The 18th Abduction by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (190 checkouts)
  4. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (188 checkouts)
  5. Redemption by David Baldacci (177 checkouts)
  6. The Crooked Street by Brian Freeman (156 checkouts)
  7. The Reckoning by John Grisham (146 checkouts)
  8. Past Tense by Lee Child (142 checkouts)
  9. Desolation Mountain by William Kent Krueger (138 checkouts)
  10. The Chef by James Patterson and Max DiLallo (138 checkouts)

Adult Nonfiction

The adult nonfiction list might have the most variety. Alongside blockbuster memoirs like Educated and Becoming, you have more functional titles like the Minnesota Driver's Manual and The Official ACT Prep Guide. WashCoLib readers love to learn, about other people through their stories and in more practical ways. 

  1. Educated by Tara Westover (123 checkouts)
  2. Becoming by Michelle Obama (121 checkouts)
  3. Minnesota Driver's Manual (81 checkouts)                                        
  4. Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis (70 checkouts)
  5. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance (68 checkouts)
  6. White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo (62 checkouts)
  7. Rising Strong by Brené Brown (62 checkouts)
  8. The Official ACT Prep Guide (57 checkouts)
  9. Backroads & Byways of Minnesota by Amy C. Rea (55 checkouts)
  10. The Pioneers by David McCullough (53 checkouts) and Marvel Studios Visual Dictionary by Adam Bray (53 checkouts)

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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