Top Titles at Public Libraries - January 2021

February 10, 2021

Here are the top fifteen titles public-library patrons looked for in January 2021. They include some titles from our Top-in-2020 list, but some are quite new. Number four, The Four Winds: A Novel by Kristin Hannah wasn’t officially released until February 2, so its number one position was purely anticipatory. In other words, a LOT of holds!

  1. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  2. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
  3. The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
  4. The Four Winds: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
  5. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab
  6. Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
  7. A Time for Mercy by John Grisham
  8. The Push: A Novel by Ashley Audrain
  9. The Guest List by Lucy Foley
  10. The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins
  11. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  12. A Promised Land by Barack Obama
  13. Neighbors: A Novel by Danielle Steel
  14. Before She Disappeared: A Novel by Lisa Gardner
  15. The Scorpion’s Tail by Douglas Preston

How Do We Know?

This data was collected by Syndetics Unbound. The search data is fully anonymized the day it is collected. As the Coronavirus lockdowns caused a significant drop in catalog searches, and Syndetics Unbound added new libraries continuously throughout the year, we levelled the playing field by treating all months as equal in size.