Top Checkouts of 2021

As we celebrate the end of 2021 and the beginning of the new year, let’s take a look back at the year’s most popular books!

December 21, 2021

Want to know what your fellow Berlin-Peck patrons were reading this year? We’ve crunched the numbers for a list of the top checkouts in fiction, genre fiction, non-fiction, and biography. The list includes checkout numbers from the library catalog, as well as our downloadable services like OverDrive and hoopla.

This list includes:


Top Fiction

At #1 on our list, Kristin Hannah’s The Four Winds was read over 170 times this year—wow!

Elin Hilderbrand, John Grisham, and David Baldacci all appear multiple times on the list.

  1. The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
  2. The Guest List by Lucy Foley
  3. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  4. The Return by Nicholas Sparks
  5. 28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand
  6. Troubles In Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand
  7. A Time For Mercy by John Grisham
  8. The Vanishing Half by Britt Bennett
  9. Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica
  10. Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  11. Sooley by John Grisham
  12. Golden Girl by Elin Hilderbrand
  13. The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner
  14. Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
  15. The Wrong Family by Tarryn Fisher
  16. The Law Of Innocence by Michael Connelly
  17. The Russian by James Patterson
  18. Daylight by David Baldacci
  19. Before She Disappeared by Lisa Gardner
  20. A Gambling Man by David Baldacci


Genre Fiction

Check out the top books in in fantasy, mystery, romance, and science fiction.


Top Fantasy

Books with a little magic (or a lot!)

  1. The House In The Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
  2. Last Guard by Nalini Singh
  3. Dark Illusion by Christine Feehan
  4. Lover Unveiled by J. R. Ward
  5. Rhythm Of War by Brandon Sanderson
  6. The Priory Of The Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
  7. The Way Of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
  8. The Rise Of Magicks by Nora Roberts
  9. Year One by Nora Roberts
  10. The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik
  11. Down Among The Sticks And Bones by Seanan McGuire
  12. The Girl And The Stars by Mark Lawrence
  13. Dark Song by Christine Feehan
  14. A Master Of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark
  15. Battleground by Jim Butcher


Top Mystery

Everyone loves a mystery! Everyone must love James Patterson, too… he appears on this list eight times.

  1. The Guest List by Lucy Foley
  2. The Russian by James Patterson
  3. Deadly Cross by James Patterson
  4. 21st Birthday by James Patterson
  5. Fair Warning by Michael Connelly
  6. Camino Winds by John Grisham
  7. The Coast-To-Coast Murders by James Patterson
  8. The 20th Victim by James Patterson
  9. Serpentine by Jonathan Kellerman
  10. The Searcher by Tana French
  11. The Summer House by James Patterson
  12. Three Women Disappear by James Patterson
  13. The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
  14. Blindside by James Patterson


Top Romance

Steamy beach reads, sexy royals, old exes and new flings—there’s a romance novel for everyone.

  1. The Duke And I by Julia Quinn
  2. People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry
  3. Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks
  4. Beach Read by Emily Henry
  5. Its Better This Way by Debbie Macomber
  6. Nine Lives by Danielle Steel
  7. The Wish by Nicholas Sparks
  8. Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand
  9. Because Of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
  10. The Bookshop On The Corner by Jenny Colgan
  11. Whispering Rock by Robyn Carr
  12. Seven Days In June by Tia Williams
  13. Much Ado About You by Samantha Young
  14. Red White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
  15. The Bookshop Of Second Chances by Jacky Fraser
  16. Under The Southern Sky by Kristy Woodson Harvey
  17. Winter Storms by Elin Hilderbrand


Top Science Fiction

Discover another world!

  1. Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
  2. Elsewhere by Dean Koontz
  3. Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
  4. The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey
  5. Bewilderment by Richard Powers
  6. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  7. Nophek Gloss by Essa Hansen
  8. The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi
  9. A Psalm For The Wild-Built by Becky Chambers
  10. Power Challenges by Ben Bova
  11. Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells
  12. Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  13. The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson
  14. The Arrest by Jonathan Lethem


Top Non-Fiction

From cooking, to history, to self-help, to political theory—discover something new and interesting!

  1. Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
  2. Killing The Mob by Bill OReilly
  3. The Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell
  4. The Gift: 12 Lessons To Save Your Life by Edith Eger
  5. Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  6. The Best Of Me by David Sedaris
  7. Atomic Habits by James Clear
  8. The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel A. Van der Kolk
  9. Catch And Kill by Ronan Farrow
  10. Keep Sharp by Sanjay Gupta
  11. Walk In My Combat Boots by James Patterson
  12. Dewey by Vicki Myron
  13. Inferno by Joe Pappalardo
  14. The Splendid And The Vile by Erik Larson
  15. So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  16. Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker
  17. The Princess Spy by Larry Loftis
  18. The Day The World Came To Town by Jim DeFede
  19. Eat Better, Feel Better by Giada De Laurentiis
  20. Breath by James Nestor
  21. The Warmth Of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
  22. Forgiving What You Can’t Forget by Lysa TerKeurst
  23. Wintering by Katherine May
  24. The Gifts Of Imperfection by Brené Brown
  25. Thinking, Fast And Slow by Daniel Kahneman


Top Biography

  1. Educated by Tara Westover
  2. A Promised Land by Barak Obama
  3. Untamed by Glennon Doyle
  4. Group by Christie Tate
  5. No Time Like The Future by Michael J. Fox
  6. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  7. Hollywood Park by Mikel Jollett
  8. Vanderbilt by Anderson Cooper
  9. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  10. The Answer Is by Alex Trebek
  11. Maid by Stephanie Land
  12. The House Of Kennedy by James Patterson
  13. Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman
  14. Born A Crime by Trevor Noah
  15. The Choice by Edith Eva Eger
  16. Between Two Kingdoms by Suleika Jaouad
  17. A Woman Of No Importance by Sonia Purnell
  18. The Last Days Of John Lennon by James Patterson
  19. This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay
  20. From Scratch by Tembi Locke
  21. The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
  22. A Very Punchable Face by Colin Jost
  23. Eleanor by David Michaelis