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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!