Jan 23, 2024 - Culture

Detroit Public Library's top books of 2023

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Some of us have reading goals for the new year. For inspiration, we're looking back at the Detroit Public Library's most popular books of 2023.

What's happening: The library sent a list of its most checked-out books — both e-books and audiobooks.

  • A list for books physically checked out wasn't available, unfortunately.
  • Note that lots of these books have long waitlists through the library, because, wow, they're really popular!

Top 10 most popular audiobooks

  1. "Spare" by Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex
  2. "Fourth Wing" by Rebecca Yarros
  3. "Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones" by James Clear
  4. "I'm Glad My Mom Died" by Jennette McCurdy
  5. "Happy Place" by Emily Henry
  6. "Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow" by Gabrielle Zevin
  7. "Demon Copperhead" by Barbara Kingsolver
  8. "The Covenant of Water" by Abraham Verghese
  9. "The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times" by Michelle Obama
  10. "The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store" by James McBride

Top 10 most popular e-books

  1. "Lessons in Chemistry" by Bonnie Garmus
  2. "Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow"
  3. "Demon Copperhead"
  4. "Happy Place"
  5. "Atomic Habits"
  6. "Black Cake" by Charmaine Wilkerson
  7. "Spare"
  8. "Hello Beautiful" by Ann Napolitano
  9. "The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store"
  10. "Verity" by Colleen Hoover

💭 Our thought bubble: Annalise, who is indecisive, thinks the top books she read last year may include "Pride and Prejudice," "Sorrowland" and "In the Lives of Puppets." The last one made her sob, for the record.


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