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County Library top checkouts offer inspiration for your 2023 reading list

Katie Cadiao

County of San Diego Communications Office

Is ‘reading more’ one of your New Year’s Resolutions for 2023? If so, San Diego County Library is one of the best places to get you started on your reading goals.

SDCL offers books, movies, magazines, movies and more. Both digital copies and physical materials are available for checkout.

Getting a library card is free and easy. Just visit one of the library’s 33 branch locations, or apply for a digital card online.

Record-breaking checkouts

You’ll be in great company with your 2023 reading challenge. SDCL patrons checked out more than four million digital copies of e-books, audio books and digital magazines in 2022.

That’s a new record for SDCL, making it one of the most-used digital collections in the nation.

Digital downloads have gained in popularity in the last years, in part due to the pandemic. SDCL issued close to 40,000 library cards in 2022 and most of these new customers used the library’s digital services.

Top checkouts

Still need some more motivation to get you started? SDCL has released its top 10 checkout lists for 2022. Get some inspiration for your 2023 reading list and see if your favorite books, audio books and movies from last year made the cut.

Adult Books (e-book and physical book checkouts combined)

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

Apples Never Fall by Lianne Moriarty

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Downloadable audiobooks:

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Apples Never Fall by Lianne Moriarty

Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think by Brianna Wiest

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

Dune by Frank Herbert

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

Movies:

Ghostbusters Afterlife

Spider-Man, No Way Home

Dune

Encanto

Uncharted

No Time to Die

The Batman

The Matrix, Resurrections

Venom, Let There Be Carnage

The Dry

Teen fiction:

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen

It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Heartstopper, Volume 1 by Alice Oseman

Children’s books

Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Big Shot by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Greg Heffley’s Journal by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Deep End by Jeff Kinney

Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Wrecking Ball by Jeff Kinney

Dog Man, Mothering Heights by Dav Pilkey

Cat Kid Comic Club Perspectives by Dav Pilkey

Dog Man, Grime and Punishment by Dav Pilkey

Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories by Jeff Kinney

Cat Kid Comic Club, On Purpose by Dav Pilkey

 

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