The Seattle Public Library’s Most Checked Out Books

There are only a few days left until 2023 is here but before we throw away our calendar, we will be looking at the most checked out books in Seattle. The Seattle Public Library has released their date for the most checked out books in 2022.

The annual list showcases the most popular books and what the residents of Seattle are reading. Seeing the data for a city as big as Seattle (3.5 million people) gives us a lot of insight. You can see the full list below!

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Seattle Public Lbrarary’s most checked out books

Seattle Public Library’s Most Checked Out Books in 2022

Most popular adult fiction physical books

  • “The Sentence” by Louise Erdrich
  • “The Maid” by Nita Prose
  • “Sea of Tranquility“ by Emily St. John Mandel
  • “The Final Case” by David Guterson
  • “The Swimmers” by Julie Otsuka
  • “Book Lovers” by Emily Henry
  • “One Italian Summer” by Rebecca Serle
  • “This Time Tomorrow” by Emma Straub
  • “Remarkably Bright Creatures” by Shelby Van Pelt
  • “The Candy House” by Jennifer Egan

Most popular adult fiction e-books

  • “The House of Broken Angels” by Luis Alberto Urrea
  • “Cloud Cuckoo Land” by Anthony Doerr
  • “The Last Thing He Told Me” by Laura Dave
  • “Apples Never Fall” by Liane Moriarty
  • “The Lincoln Highway“ by Amor Towles
  • “Anxious People” by Fredrik Backman
  • “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” by V.E. Schwab
  • “The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah
  • “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig
  • “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Most popular adult nonfiction physical books

  • “Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience” by Brené Brown
  • “The Weekday Vegetarians” by Jenny Rosenstrach
  • “From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life” by Arthur C. Brooks
  • “Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention — and How to Think Deeply Again” by Johann Hari
  • “Happy-Go-Lucky” by David Sedaris
  • “Secret Seattle: An Illustrated Guide to the City’s Offbeat and Overlooked History” by Susanna Ryan
  • “Korean American: Food that Tastes Like Home” by Eric Kim
  • “Crying in H Mart: A Memoir” by Michelle Zauner
  • “Grains for Every Season: Rethinking Our Way with Grains” by Joshua McFadden, with Martha Holmberg
  • “Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk” by Sasha LaPointe

Most popular adult nonfiction e-booksMost popular adult nonfiction e-books

  • “Crying in H Mart: A Memoir” by Michelle Zauner
  • “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed” by Lori Gottlieb
  • “Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience” by Brené Brown
  • “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover
  • “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” by Trevor Noah
  • “Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones” by James Clear
  • “I’m Glad My Mom Died” by Jennette McCurdy
  • “Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law” by Mary Roach
  • “The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma” by Bessell A. van der Kolk
  • “The Premonition: A Pandemic Story” by Michael Lewis

Most popular audiobooks

  • “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants,” by Robin Wall Kimmerer (narrated by the author)
  • “101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think” by Brianna Wiest (narrated by Abby Craden)
  • “Dune: Dune Series, Book 1” by Frank Herbert (narrated by Scott Brick)
  • “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens (narrated by Cassandra Campbell)
  • “Cloud Cuckoo Land” by Anthony Doerr (narrated by Marin Ireland and Simon Jones)
  • “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life” by Mark Manson (narrated by Roger Wayne)
  • “The Last Thing He Told Me” by Laura Dave (narrated by Rebecca Lowman)
  • “The Guest List” by Lucy Foley (narrated by Jot Davies and others)
  • “Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones” by James Clear (narrated by the author)
  • “Anxious People” by Fredrik Backman (narrated by Marin Ireland)

What Seattleites Are Reading

The most popular fiction book is Louise Erdrich’s The Sentence which has been checked out 3139 times in physical copies. Luis Alberto Urrea’s The House of Broken Angels was the most checked out ebook with 5197 check outs.

The date is from Jan. 1 through Nov. 30 and does not include the month of December. What do you make of Seattle Public Library’s most-checked-out books list? Are there any books that stand out? Let us know in the comments below. Until next time, happy reading!

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