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Brooklyn Bookworms: The BK Public Library Shares Top Checkouts of the Year

Top book of the year was "The Last Thing He Told Me" by Laura Dave.
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Gather around, bookworm Brooklynites: The Brooklyn Public Library has announced its most popular books of the year. The top checkout for the BPL was the novel "The Last Thing He Told Me" by Laura Dave, a mystery about a woman searching for the truth about her husband’s disappearance.

“In a year where we saw unparalleled attempts to restrict and challenge access to books, New York City’s libraries continue to stand behind and protect the freedom to read,” said Amy Mikel, BPL’s Director of Customer Experience.

“It’s wonderful to see New York’s readers reaching for books that spark imagination and illuminate the lived experiences of others, and bring us all together."

The top five checkouts for Brooklyn included "The Midnight Library" by Matt Haig, a novel about a woman looking for her best possible life through enchanted books, the latest from Irish author Sally Rooney, "Beautiful World, Where Are You," the historical fantasy "The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue" by V.E. Schwab and the romantic-comedy "People We Meet on Vacation" by Emily Henry.

The full list is available below:

  1. "The Last Thing He Told Me" by Laura Dave
  2. "The Midnight Library" by Matt Haig
  3. "Beautiful World, Where Are You" by Sally Rooney
  4. "The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue" by V.E. Schwab
  5. "People We Meet on Vacation" by Emily Henry
  6. "Malibu Rising" by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  7. "Apples Never Fall" by Liane Moriarty
  8. "The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo" by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  9. "The Vanishing Half" by Brit Bennett
  10. "Klara and the Sun" by Kazuo Ishiguro

The top checkouts for children’s books featured titles from popular series like the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" by Jeff Kinney and "Dog Man" by Dav Pilkey. For young adults, Malinda Lo’s teen novel "Last Night at the Telegraph Club" topped the list. The book was a part of the libraries’ Banned Book Challenge in May, which encouraged New Yorkers to read 10 banned books. 

The full lists of 2022 top checkouts are available at;; or