Morton Grove's Most Read Novels

Rebecca Hayes

February 18, 2020

By Rebecca Hayes

Categories: Collections

How do you choose what to read next? Do you like to browse the stacks, or are you interested in reading the most popular books, the ones that everyone is talking about? If so, forget the New York Times bestseller lists—try picking up the titles that your fellow Morton Grove Public Library patrons have picked.


Top 10 Most Checked Out Novels of All Time

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We ran the numbers in our Adult Fiction collection—which currently circulates over 20,000 titles—and found that these are Morton Grove's most popular books of all time. How many have you read?

  1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (134 checkouts)
  2. Running Blind by Lee Child (131)
  3. Echo Burning by Lee Child (125)
  4. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (124)
  5. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks (118)
  6. (Tie) The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva / Still Life by Louise Penny (115)
  7. (Tie) Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah / Thursdays at Eight by Debbie Macomber (114)
  8. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (113)
  9. (Tie) Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri / The Last Coyote by Michael Connelly (112)
  10. Three Junes by Julia Glass (110)

And if you’re interested in newer titles, here are the top 10 most checked out books from the last year:

  1. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
  2. The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff
  3. The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict
  4. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
  5. The First Lady by James Patterson
  6. Princess by James Patterson
  7. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
  8. Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
  9. The Chef by James Patterson
  10. Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline

Rebecca Hayes is the Readers Services Librarian at Morton Grove Public Library.