Most Circulated Adult Fiction of 2023

Back by popular demand and with an expanded list! Let’s celebrate the New Year with our patrons’ favorite Fiction books of 2023!

We are counting down our most circulated books from our Fiction collection!

And the winners are…

Here are numbers



Someone Else’s Shoes

Moyes, Jojo


I Will Find You

Coben, Harlan


Happy Place

Henry, Emily



Hoover, Colleen


The 6:20 Man

Baldacci, David


Dreamland: a Novel

Sparks, Nicholas


The Hotel Nantucket

Hilderbrand, Elin


It Ends with Us

Hoover, Colleen

Sometimes, the one who loves you hurts you the most. Lily hasn’t always had it easy. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up–she graduated from college, moved, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place. As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan–her first love and a link to the past she left behind. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.


It Starts with Us

Hoover, Colleen

Lily and her ex-husband, Ryle, had just settled into a civil co-parenting rhythm when she suddenly bumped into her first love, Atlas, again. After nearly two years separated, she is elated that time is on their side for once, and she immediately says yes when Atlas asks her on a date. But her excitement is quickly hampered by the knowledge that, though they are no longer married, Ryle is still very much a part of her life–and Atlas Corrigan is the one man he will hate being in his ex-wife and daughter’s life.


Mad Honey

Picoult, Jodi

Olivia McAfee knows what it feels like to start over. She never imagined she would end up back in her sleepy hometown, living in the house she grew up in and taking over her father’s beekeeping business. Lily Campanello is familiar with do-overs, too. When she and her mom relocate to Adams, New Hampshire, for her final year of high school, they hope it will be a fresh start. And for just a short while, these new beginnings are exactly what Olivia and Lily need. Their paths cross when Asher falls for the new girl in school, and Lily can’t help but fall for him, too. She wonders if she can trust him completely.

Olivia receives a phone call: Lily is dead, and Asher is being questioned by the police. Olivia is adamant that her son is innocent. But she realizes he’s hidden more than he’s shared with her.


A World of Curiosities

Penny, Louise

It’s spring, and Three Pines is reemerging after the harsh winter. As the villagers prepare for a special celebration, Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir become increasingly worried. After many years, a young man and woman reappeared in the Sûreté du Québec investigators’ lives. The two were young children when their troubled mother was murdered. Now they’ve arrived in the village of Three Pines. But to what end? As Chief Inspector Gamache works to uncover answers, there are hidden messages warning of mayhem and revenge, and an old enemy is released in Armand Gamache’s home.

And the #1 most checked-out Adult Fiction book of 2023 is….


Lessons in Chemistry: a Novel

Garmus, Bonnie

Set in 1960s California, this blockbuster debut is the hilarious, idiosyncratic, and uplifting story of a female scientist whose career is constantly derailed by the idea that a woman’s place is in the home, only to find herself starring as the host of America’s most beloved TV cooking show. Even though she is a scientist, her peers are very unscientific regarding equality. The only good thing to happen to her on the road to professional fulfillment is a run-in with her super-star colleague Calvin Evans–the only man who ever treated her– and her ideas– as equal.

But as events are never as predictable as chemical reactions, three years later, Elizabeth Zott is an unwed, single mother (did we mention it’s the early 60s??) and the star of America’s most beloved cooking show, Supper at Six. Elizabeth’s singular approach to cooking (‘take one pint of H2O and add a pinch of sodium chloride’) and independent example are proving revolutionary. Elizabeth isn’t just teaching women how to cook, she’s teaching them how to change the status quo. Laugh-out-loud funny, shrewdly observant, and studded with a dazzling cast of supporting characters, Lessons in Chemistry is as original and vibrant as its protagonist.

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