The Boston Public Library shares the list of its 10 most borrowed books in 2022


“The most borrowed titles of 2022 cover a wide variety of genres, with both romance and science fiction represented this year.”

Blake Nissen for The Boston Globe

Bostonians were in the mood for fiction in 2022.

The Boston Public Library on wednesday released the titles of the top 10 most borrowed books by library patrons in the past year, both in print and digital copies, and the list is dominated by a wide range of works of fiction.

“The most borrowed titles of 2022 cover a wide variety of genres, with both romance and science fiction represented this year,” Melissa Andrews, the library’s head of collections management, said in a statement. “This is a remarkable departure from the memoirs and thrillers that have been more popular in recent years. Social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram have become an important place for readers to discover, share, and expand titles and authors, and a place where those readers rediscover libraries as a free and accessible way to find these trending reads. . ”

Topping the list is the 2020 novel. “The Library of Midnight” by Matt Haig, which tells the story of a library that exists between life and death where the books on its shelves reveal to those who arrive among their stacks all the ways you have lived and all the paths you could have taken in your life . .

The novel is a new arrival to the Boston Public Library’s most viewed list. In fact, all but one of the most borrowed titles for 2022 are newcomers to the top 10 in recent years. Brit Bennett’s “The Vanishing Half,” released in 2020, ranked No. 7 this year, taking its place from 2021.

In particular, an author with local ties is represented in the top 10 with two of his novels. Active native and Emerson College graduate Taylor Jenkins Reid’s “Malibu Rising” was the library’s third most checked-out book in 2022, while her previous novel, “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo,” ranked eighth .

Next, the headquarters library list of the most borrowed books of 2022:

  1. “The Library of Midnight” by Matt Haig (2020) — Borrowed 6,389 times
  2. “The last thing he said to me” by Laura Dave (2021) — Borrowed 4,948 times
  3. “Malibu Rises” by Taylor Jenkins Reid (2021) — Borrowed 4,667 times
  4. “Anxious People” by Fredrik Backman (2020) — Borrowed 4,233 times
  5. “The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah (2021) — Borrowed 4,044 times
  6. “People we meet on vacation” by Emily Henry (2021) — Borrowed 3,909 times
  7. “The Fading Half” by Brit Bennett (2020) — Borrowed 3,561 times
  8. “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid (2017) —Borrowed 3,528 times
  9. “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” by VE Schwab (2020) — Borrowed 3,329 times
  10. “Maybe you should talk to someone” by Lori Gottleib (2019) — Borrowed 2,917 times

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