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50 Popular Books to Read in 2023

The Seattle Public Library reveals the most popular books of 2022

Published on: December 28, 2022

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The new year may be a time for new beginnings, but it’s also kind of cold and gloomy, so why not put your plans on hold for a while and curl up with a good book? Seattle Public Library just revealed a list of the most checked-out books in 2022, and there are some excellent titles on it.

We also asked ParentMap readers to share their favorite reads of the year, and they gave us even more brilliant recommendations. 

So, if the thought of January is getting you down, plan a little (literary) escape with one of these 50 fantastic reads. 

Seattle Public Library’s most popular adult fiction books of 2022:

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

Seattle Public Library’s most popular adult fiction ebooks of 2022:

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 Bachman
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” by Victoria Schwab
The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah
The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Seattle Public Library’s most popular adult nonfiction books of 2022:

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

Seattle Public Library’s most popular adult nonfiction ebooks:

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: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones” by James Clear
I'm Glad My Mom Died” by Jeanette 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

ParentMap reader favorites 

Lessons in Chemistry” by Bonnie Garmus
The Winners” by Fredrik Backman
The Violin Conspiracy” by Brendan Slocumb
Daisy Jones & The Six” by Taylor Jenkin Reid
Less Is Lost” by Andrew Sean Greer
One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow” by Olivia Hawker
Take My Hand” by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
Fairy Tale” by Stephen King
Verity” by Colleen Hoover
South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation” by Imani Perry

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