Here are the top books of 2022 for New Yorkers

New Yorkers just can’t stop looking at these.

The Big Apple’s public library systems on Monday unveiled their most popular books of 2022 – revealing how city dwellers have been drawn to chilling mysteries about missing people and dreamy escapes from reality over the past year.

The most checked out book at the New York Public Library — which covers Manhattan, Staten Island and the Bronx — was The Midnight Library by Matt Haig, a 2020 fantasy novel about a woman who uses enchanted books to guide her life choices explored.

The best box office for the Brooklyn Public Library was Laura Dave’s 2021 novel The Last Thing He Told Me, about a woman who investigates her husband’s disappearance.

In Queens, readers couldn’t get enough of Lucy Foley’s “The Paris Apartment,” a 2022 fictional thriller about a journalist who goes missing while living in a spooky French apartment.

“New Yorkers have character, and it’s no surprise that this year’s top box offices are demonstrating that they love good books with great characters,” said Brian Bannon, NYPL’s Merryl and James Tisch Director of Branch Libraries and Education.

Matt Haig's The Midnight Library was the New York Public Library's most checked out book in 2022.

Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library was the New York Public Library’s most checked out book in 2022.


Laura Dave's The Last Thing He Told Me was the Brooklyn Public Library's most borrowed book.

Laura Dave’s The Last Thing He Told Me was the Brooklyn Public Library’s most borrowed book.


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"The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley was the best book in Queens this year.

Lucy Foley’s The Paris Apartment was the best book in Queens this year.


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“The books on loan from the New York Public Library this year are wonderful stories that invite readers to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and visit new places (and times) with interesting people doing fascinating things do,” he said.

The NYPL’s top 10 children’s books, on the other hand, all came from Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

The list also gave insight into district-specific tastes.

Manhattanites tend to turn to literary novels, and love titles like Colson Whitehead’s Harlem Shuffle and Jennifer Egan’s The Candy House, the data shows. The most popular book in Manhattan this year was Michelle Zauner’s memoir, Crying in H Mart.

Michelle Zauner's memoir, Crying in H Mart, was the most popular book in Manhattan last year.
Michelle Zauner’s memoir, Crying in H Mart, was the most popular book in Manhattan last year.
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The NYPL's Top 10 Children's Books for 2022 were all from Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.
The NYPL’s Top 10 Children’s Books for 2022 were all from Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.
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In Staten Island, tension and romance seemed to reign supreme. Residents loved the novels of Danielle Steel and couldn’t get enough of Run, Rose, Run, a tome by legendary singer Dolly Parton and famed writer James Patterson.

The Bronx also turned to Parton and Patterson’s book, along with a string of best-sellers such as Amor Towles’ The Lincoln Highway.

A few books were popular across town, including Taylor Jenkins Reid’s The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. The historical novel was published in 2017 but has a great twist that makes New Yorkers keep recommending it to friends.

“It’s wonderful to see New York readers reach out for books that stimulate the imagination and illuminate the lived experiences of others and bring us all together,” said Amy Mikel, Brooklyn Public Library’s director of customer experience.

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