Jan 6, 2024 - Culture

What book lovers in Charlotte read in 2023

Rows of books at the Plaza Midwood branch of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Photo: Danielle Chemtob/Axios

Rows of books at the Plaza Midwood branch of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Photo: Danielle Chemtob/Axios

Colleen Hoover dominated Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s most checked-out books in 2023.

What’s happening: Hoover’s novel “Verity” was the library system’s most checked-out book. Her books accounted for three of the top five fiction books checked-out in 2023.

  • Charlotte also had an appetite for royal drama with Prince Harry’s memoir “Spare.” Copies were hard to find, causing the library to order more, as we reported when the book came out.

By the numbers: “Verity” was checked out more than 5,200 times between the library’s digital and print collection, a library spokesperson tells Axios. “Spare” was checked out 4,087 times across digital and print.

Here are the five most checked-out books across fiction, nonfiction, young adult, children’s and audiobooks.

Fiction

  • “Verity” by Colleen Hoover
  • “Lessons in Chemistry” by Bonnie Garmus
  • “Happy Place by Emily Henry
  • “It Starts With Us” by Colleen Hoover
  • “It Ends With Us” by Colleen Hoover

Nonfiction

  • “Spare” by Prince Harry
  • “I’m Glad My Mom Died” by Jeannette McCurdy
  • “Maybe You Should Talk To Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed” by Lori Gottlieb
  • “Atomic Habits” by James Clear
  • “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir” by Matthew Perry

Children’s

  • “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Diper Överlöde” by Jeff Kinney
  • “The Pigeon Will Ride the Roller Coaster!” by Mo Willems
  • “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: No Brainer” by Jeff Kinney
  • “Pete the Cat Plays Hide-and-Seek” by Kimberly & James Dean
  • “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School” by Jeff Kinney

Young Adult

  • “The Summer I Turned Pretty” by Jenny Han
  • “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas
  • “It’s Not Summer Without You” by Jenny Han
  • “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” by Suzanne Collins
  • “We’ll Always Have Summer” by Jenny Han

Audiobook

  • “Fourth Wing” by Rebecca Yarros
  • “Spare” by Prince Harry
  • “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas
  • “The Covenant of Water” by Abraham Verghese
  • “I’m Glad My Mom Died” by Jeannette McCurdy
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