Charlotte Mecklenburg Library's most popular books of 2020

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library offers its list of the most popular books of 2020 based on circulation.

2020 is coming at an end, so let's take a look at which books were the most popular with Charlotte Mecklenburg Library readers this year. We pulled circulation data for our adult fiction (both print and digital), adult nonfiction, young adult fiction and children’s books.

A few listings stood out this year:

  • There are three holdovers from last year’s fiction lists.  Where the Crawdads Sing, Little Fires Everywhere and Nine Perfect Strangers made the list again. Little Fires Everywhere makes its third appearance in a row on this list.
     
  • Where the Crawdads Sing was the most popular novel in both the physical and digital formats for the second year in a row.
     
  • Michelle Obama’s Becoming was the third most popular print nonfiction book this year after finishing first last year. It will be interesting to see if President Obama’s memoir can make a similar impact over the next two years.
     
  • Four of the top ten digital nonfiction titles are social justice, anti-racism and equity titles. This is likely due to the social justice and anti-racism movements across the country and in our community. It’s also due to the commitment made by the Library to offer more titles and access to titles on social justice, anti-racism and equity. We purchased unlimited digital access to seven titles on these topics and also increased print purchases. The unlimited access contributed to the four titles being in the top 10 of digital nonfiction. The titles were also popular in print but they just didn’t make the top 10, but they were close.
     
  • It’s another big year for Jeff Kinney and Mo Willems. They dominated the children’s books list again, as they have over the last few years.
     
  • The young adult graphic novel Sisters is the first graphic novel to make the top ten list.
     

Adult Print Fiction

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Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
The Guardians by John Grisham
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
Blue moon: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child
Walk the Wire by David Baldacci
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
A Minute to Midnight by David Baldacci
Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
 

Adult Fiction Digital

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Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
The Guardians by John Grisham
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
In Five Years by Rebecca Serle
 

Adult nonfiction Print

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Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
Too much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man by Mary L. Trump
Becoming by Michelle Obama
The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson
Talking to Strangers: What we Should Know About the People we Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb
Rage by Bob Woodward
Untamed by Glennon Doyle
The Room Where it Happened: a White House Memoir by John Bolton
 

Adult nonfiction Digital

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White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin J. DiAngelo
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Untamed by Glennon Doyle
How to Be an Antiracist by IbramX. Kendi
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson
Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know by Malcolm Gladwell
I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
 

Children’s Fiction    

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney
Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal by Jeff Kinney
Pigeon has to go to school! by Mo Willems
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's Journal by Jeff Kinney
I Broke my Trunk! by Mo Willems
A Big Guy Took my Ball! by Mo Willems
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
Pete the Kitty Goes to the Doctor by Kim Dean
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney
           

Young Adult Fiction

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
The Tyrant's Tomb by Rick Riordan
American Royals by Katharine McGee
The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer
The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan
One of us is Lying by Karen McManus
 

Be sure to access our catalog and start helping us compile next year’s list.
 

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This blog was written by Ed McDonald, librarian, at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library