The New York Public Library's Top Check-Outs Of 2022

January 3, 2023

The New York Public Library has released a list of its top checkouts of 2022.

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Here's the top ten most popular books of 2022:

1. The Midnight Library

Author: Matt Haig

When Nora wakes up, she finds herself in the Midnight Library, a place between life and death where every book is an alternate story of Nora's life.

Genres: Science fiction, Fantasy Fiction, Philosophical fiction

2. Lessons in Chemistry

Author: Bonnie Garmus

Lessons in Chemistry follows single mother Elizabeth Zott, a brilliant chemist in a man's world —1960s America— as she becomes an unlikely cooking-show host and the role model her daughter deserves.

Genres: Humor, Historical Fiction, Humorous Fiction

3. The Lincoln Highway

Author: Amor Towles

The Lincoln Highway is the story of three young men and an adolescent boy traveling across the United States in 1954. His mother long gone, his father recently deceased, and the family farm foreclosed upon by the bank, Emmett's intention is to pick up his eight-year-old brother, Billy, and head to California where they can start their lives anew.

Genres: Historical Fiction, Coming-of-age story, Bildungsroman, Road Fiction

4. Malibu Rising

Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid

Malibu Rising is a story about one unforgettable night in the life of a family: the night they each have to choose what they will keep from the people who made them . . . and what they will leave behind.

Genres:  Historical Fiction, Saga, Psychological Fiction

5. People We Meet on Vacation

Author: Emily Henry

Two best friends. Ten summer trips. One last chance to fall in love. Poppy and Alex. They have nothing in common.

Genres: Romance novel, Fiction, Contemporary romance, Humor


6. This Time Tomorrow

Author: Emma Straub

Alice Stern, faced with the imminent death of her beloved 73-year-old father, confronts her own stasis, stuck for years in the same tiny studio apartment and the same job. An entertaining charmer that unleashes the magic of time travel.

Genres: Time Travel Fiction, Domestic Fiction

7. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid

The novel tells the story of the fictional Old Hollywood star Evelyn Hugo, who at age 79 gives a final interview to an unknown journalist, Monique Grant. A spellbinding novel about love, glamour and the price of fame.

Genres: Romance novel, Historical Fiction, Psychological Fiction, Domestic Fiction

8. Book Lovers

Author: Emily Henry

Book Lovers is a rom-com lover's dream of a book. Nora has been through enough break-ups to know she's the one men date before finding their happy-ever-after.

Genres: Romance novel, Fiction, Contemporary romance

9. Verity

Author: Colleen Hoover

A famous author named Verity is medically unable to fulfill her contract and complete her series of thrillers — creepy novels told from the villains' point of view. Stay up all night reading the sensational psychological thriller that has readers obsessed.

Genres: Novel, Thriller, Fiction, Romance novel, Suspense

10. It Ends with Us

Author: Colleen Hoover

The story is about Lily Bloom, who grew up in a household where her father physically and sexually abused her mother. It will break your heart while filling you with hope, and by the end of this gripping, pulse-pounding novel, you'll be smiling through your tears.

Genres: Romance novel, Fiction, Contemporary romance

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