Jan 5, 2024 - News

The most checked-out books in the Richmond area in 2023

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Richmond readers devoured new fiction in 2023 — and female authors, who dominated the most read fiction lists at Richmond-area libraries (save some heavy love for local author David Baldacci in Chesterfield).

What's happening: A little look back at what locals read last year, courtesy of your friendly neighborhood public library's year-end wrapped lists.

By the numbers: Locals checked out just over 734,000 items from the Richmond Public Library in 2023.

  • Chesterfield registered just over 2.7 million checkouts last year.
  • But Henrico put them both to shame, with nearly 3.7 million checkouts in 2023.

Zoom in: 🤓 Here are the five most checked-out adult fiction books from Richmond-area public libraries last year:

Richmond

  • "Lessons in Chemistry" by Bonnie Garmus.
  • "Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow" by Gabrielle Zevin.
  • "Demon Copperhead" by Barbara Kingsolver.
  • "The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo" by Taylor Jenkins Reid.
  • "Carrie Soto Is Back" by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

Henrico

  • "Lessons in Chemistry" by Bonnie Garmus.
  • "Demon Copperhead" by Barbara Kingsolver.
  • "Verity" by Colleen Hoover.
  • "Happy Place" by Emily Henry.
  • "Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow" by Gabrielle Zevin.

Chesterfield

  • "Lessons in Chemistry" by Bonnie Garmus.
  • "The Boys from Biloxi" by John Grisham.
  • "Long Shadows" by David Baldacci.
  • "Simply Lies" by David Baldacci.
  • "Demon Copperhead" by Barbara Kingsolver.

Check out Richmond's and Chesterfield's wrapped lists online at each library to see the tops across all categories (Henrico didn't post theirs).

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