Adult Readers Advisory

Most Circulated Fiction and Nonfiction Books of the Decade

We’ve finished crunching the numbers on the books with the most checkouts, 2009 – 2019, and the results are in!

The books below have the most checkouts in Koha, the library’s integrated library system, better known simply as our catalog. There are of course other factors that make a book beloved, and this list does not take into account overall trends, current events, popularity, length of time in print, and presence in the catalog. Delia Owens’ Where the Crawdads Sing (2018), for example, has been an immensely popular book for our patrons, but has had less opportunity to circulate given its publication year and has not appeared on this list.

Are there any surprises? Is there a book below that you have been meaning to read?


Wolf Hall: a novel / Hilary Mantel.

Cutting for stone: a novel / Abraham Verghese.

Rules of civility / Amor Towles.

Americanah / Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

The help / Kathryn Stockett.

The nightingale / Kristin Hannah.

Let the great world spin: a novel / Colum McCann.

Gone girl: a novel / Gillian Flynn.

A man called Ove: a novel / Fredrik Backman.

Where’d you go, Bernadette: a novel / Maria Semple.

The Paris wife: a novel / Paula McLain.

Me before you / Jojo Moyes.


The boys in the boat: nine Americans and their epic quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics / Daniel James Brown.

The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks / Rebecca Skloot.

Being mortal: medicine and what matters in the end / Atul Gawande.

Between the world and me / Ta-Nehisi Coates.

The devil in the white city: murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed America / Erik Larson.

In the garden of beasts love, terror, and an American family in Hitler’s Berlin / Erik Larson.

Strength in what remains / Tracy Kidder.

Outliers: the story of success / Malcolm Gladwell.

My bread: the revolutionary no-work, no-knead method / Jim Lahey

The life-changing magic of tidying up : the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing / Marie Kondo

Blink: the power of thinking without thinking / Malcolm Gladwell.

Thinking, fast and slow / Daniel Kahneman