Sacramento Public Library

Most circulated titles of 2018

How technology has an impact on what we read
By Tracie Popma
It’s no surprise that when a notorious serial killer was apprehended in our own backyard, we ran to the nearest library, bookstore or mobile device to read I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, by the late Michelle McNamara. It was easier to read the book knowing the perpetrator was no longer a threat.
What drives readership is as varied as the number of books on our digital and print bookshelves. But one thing we’ve seen over and over again here at SPL is how digital technology allows patrons to read books they might not otherwise be comfortable reading in front of others.
“People use technology in different ways and I think that in some respects that carries over into reading preferences,” explained Librarian Brendle Wells. “Adults might be more comfortable reading something like ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ online.”
This sentiment is echoed by our Eresources Supervisor Matt Hill. “The romance genre is highly popular on digital because the reader doesn’t have to manage displaying what some could see as an embarrassing cover in a setting like the waiting room of their dentist’s office.”
Our motto at SPL is that all reading is good reading — and if hiding the cover of a romance novel, a tell-all political biography or your favorite children’s novel means you keep reading, we’re all for it and support it with access to digital reading on Hoopla, Overdrive and Libby.

most-circulated books of 2018 | digital

The Midnight Line by Lee Child

Origin by Dan Brown

Camino Island by John Grisham

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng*
Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn*
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara*


most-circulated books of 2018 | print

Ambush by James Patterson
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara*
The President is Missing by James Patterson
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah*
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng*
Holy Ghost by John Sandford
Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward
The Fallen by David Baldacci
The 17th Suspect by James Patterson
The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn*
*Found on both lists. A previous digital list only reflected the most circulated books of December so far. It has been updated to reflect the entire year. 

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