Looking for a great book for yourself or someone else?  This list of suggestions from the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library might help.

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Books are a tricky investment.  Even if you borrow them from the library for free, the investment is in the time you spend with them.  Unless you're a super fast reader, books can take a person hours, days, or months (if you're like me and don't have a ton of time to read) to get through.  They aren't like a movie where if you commit to it, you're only wasting an hour and a half or two hours of your life.  If you get all the way to the end of a book and it's horrible, you've just wasted a bunch of your life that you'll never get back.

So where do you go for suggestions?  You can normally count on your friends to give you advice on a good book, or...you can trust the 400,000 library cardholders from the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library.  They conducted online and onsite voting to determine the most popular materials borrowed in 2022.

If you're looking for a great book for yourself, or to make as a suggestion to someone else, some of these ones might be good ones for you:

People’s Choice–Overall Best Book - selected through online/onsite voting.

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Overall Most Requested Books –

Verity by Colleen Hoover

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Adult Fiction Most Popular Titles –

Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

Adult Fiction Most Requested eBooks –

Verity by Colleen Hoover

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Adult Fiction Most Popular eBooks –

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty

Adult Fiction Most Popular eAudioBooks –

Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

Adult Non-Fiction Most Popular Titles –

Secret Places of Western New York: 25 Scenic Hikes by Bruce Kershner

Peril by Bob Woodward

Adult Non-Fiction Most Requested eBooks –

I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear

Adult Non-Fiction Most Popular eBooks –

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb

I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy

Adult Non-Fiction Most Popular eAudioBooks –

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

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

Young Adult/Teen Most Popular Titles –

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Young Adult/Teen Most Popular eBooks –

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Young Adult/Teen Most Popular eAudioBooks –

A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Mass

Children’s Fiction Most Popular Titles –

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot by Jeff Kinney

Dog Man Unleashed by Dav Pilkey

Children’s Non-Fiction Most Popular Titles –

Minecraft Essential Handbook by Stephanie Milton

Minecraft by Nick Farwell

Children’s Most Popular eBooks –

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot by Jeff Kinney

Children’s Most Popular eAudioBooks –

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

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