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Posted on: January 5, 2024

Page through Town of Clayton's Top Reads for 2023

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As we say goodbye to 2023, the Town of Clayton looks back at trending titles among our nearly 10,000 library cardholders over the last year.

Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library is compiling lists of the top 10 most-circulated books from both our physical and digital collections for adults, teens, and children.

Spanning different genres, these selections include New York Times bestsellers, recipients of the Caldecott Honor and Nobel Prize for Literature, and even some books adapted into television series or movies.

Here is a glimpse of what has been capturing the interest of local readers:

Adult Books 

  1. Happy Place by Emily Henry
  2. Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt
  3. The Only One Left by Riley Sager 
  4. Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover 
  5. Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros 
  6. It Starts with Us by Colleen Hoover 
  7. Hello, Beautiful by Ann Napolitano 
  8. The Maid by Nita Prose 
  9. Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus 
  10. Wrong Place, Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister

Teen Books 

  1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  2. One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus
  3. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton 
  4. Lightlark by Alex Aster 
  5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  6. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi 
  7. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  8. Lord of the Flies by William Golding 
  9. The Maze Runner by James Dashner 
  10. Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber

Juvenile Books (Children) 

  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney
  2. Ghosts by Reina Telgemeier 
  3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney
  4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End by Jeff Kinney 
  5. Twins by Varian Johnson 
  6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down by Jeff Kinney
  7. Wings of Fire: The Dark Secret (Graphic Novel) by Tui Sutherland
  8. The Dinosaur Book by John Woodward 
  9. The Very, Very Far North by Dan Bar-El 
  10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney

Picture Books (Children) 

  1. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
  2. How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? by Jane Yolen 
  3.  I Will Take a Nap! by Mo Willems 
  4. Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach by James Dean
  5.  Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems 
  6. Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal 
  7. Waiting is Not Easy! by Mo Willems 
  8. Pigs Make Me Sneeze! by Mo Willems 
  9. Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds 
  10. Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems

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