Apr 9, 2024 - News

Here's what Hennepin County library users are reading this year

Data: Hennepin County Library. Chart: Axios Visuals

A mystery set in Minnesota is Hennepin County Library's most popular book so far this year.

By the numbers: At least 1,600 patrons since January 1 checked out the print or e-book version of St. Paul author William Kent Krueger's "The River We Remember," data provided to Axios shows.

  • "The Sun Does Shine," the award-winning memoir by a man exonerated and released after 30 years on death row, was No. 2 for print titles.
  • Ann Patchett's "Tom Lake," which debuted at No. 1 on the The New York Times' fiction bestseller list, rounded out the top three.

The fine print: "One Summer in Savannah," available with no waitlists or hold in late February and early March through a national digital book club initiative, topped the list for e-books.

Between the lines: The data covers actual checkouts — not holds or reservations — so the number of available copies and the speed at which readers finish and return the books can play a role in the rank.

1 fun thing: "Barbie" has a slight edge over "Oppenheimer" for DVD checkouts so far this year, library data shows.

Go Deeper with the full list from 2023.

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to show that "The River We Remember" is based on a fictional setting in Minnesota (not the Northwoods).

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