Top Syndetics Unbound Titles of 2022

January 17, 2023

Syndetics Unbound’s year-end “Top Titles” list for all of 2022!

We’ve compiled the most popular books in public libraries around the world, drawing on the thousands of libraries that use Syndetics Unbound to add covers, recommendations, summaries, series information and other enhancements to their library catalogs.

This post covers the United States. Tomorrow we’ll be releasing the data for Australia, Canada and the UK.

First, here’s a “bar chart race” showing the top books changing over the year. You can also see and share the visualization over on Flourish.

Here are the top titles for the whole year:


And here is a complete list of the top 100 books in US public libraries in 2022.

  1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  2. It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
  3. Verity by Colleen Hoover
  4. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  5. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  6. Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
  7. The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley
  8. The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
  9. The Maid by Nita Prose
  10. The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
  11. Run, Rose, Run by James Patterson
  12. Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover
  13. The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand
  14. Sparring Partners: Novellas by John Grisham
  15. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
  16. The Boys from Biloxi by John Grisham
  17. Dream Town by David Baldacci
  18. Book Lovers by Emily Henry
  19. Fairy Tale by Stephen King
  20. Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult
  21. I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy
  22. Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones by James Clear
  23. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
  24. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
  25. The 6:20 Man by David Baldacci
  26. It Starts with Us by Colleen Hoover
  27. The It Girl by Ruth Ware
  28. What Happened to the Bennetts by Lisa Scottoline
  29. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
  30. Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult
  31. The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
  32. November 9 by Colleen Hoover
  33. 22 Seconds by James Patterson
  34. One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle
  35. People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
  36. Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel
  37. The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict
  38. Nightwork by Nora Roberts
  39. The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager
  40. The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn
  41. The Match by Harlan Coben
  42. Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
  43. Dreamland by Nicholas Sparks
  44. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  45. Shadows Reel by C. J. Box
  46. The Guest List by Lucy Foley
  47. Crying in H Mart: A Memoir by Michelle Zauner
  48. One Step Too Far by Lisa Gardner
  49. The Investigator by John Sandford
  50. Horse by Geraldine Brooks
  51. The Recovery Agent by Janet Evanovich
  52. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
  53. The Judge’s List by John Grisham
  54. Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
  55. Long Shadows by David Baldacci
  56. Desert Star by Michael Connelly
  57. Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  58. A World of Curiosities by Louise Penny
  59. Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty
  60. The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
  61. Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng
  62. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab
  63. A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham
  64. The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner
  65. French Braid by Anne Tyler
  66. No Plan B by Lee Child
  67. This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub
  68. Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt
  69. All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover
  70. All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers
  71. Going Rogue: Rise and Shine Twenty-Nine by Janet Evanovich
  72. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  73. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
  74. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  75. Abandoned in Death by J. D. Robb
  76. Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson
  77. Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Daniel Silva
  78. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
  79. Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
  80. The Body Keeps The Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma by Bessel A. van der Kolk
  81. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  82. The Dark Hours by Michael Connelly
  83. The Christie Affair by Nina de Gramont
  84. Heartstopper: Volume 1 by Alice Oseman
  85. Righteous Prey by John Sandford
  86. The Horsewoman by James Patterson
  87. Regretting You by Colleen Hoover
  88. The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks
  89. The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
  90. Beach Read by Emily Henry
  91. Layla by Colleen Hoover
  92. Meant to Be by Emily Giffin
  93. The Wish by Nicholas Sparks
  94. The Homewreckers by Mary Kay Andrews
  95. The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
  96. Escape by James Patterson
  97. The Love of My Life by Lucy Robinson
  98. Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister
  99. The Stranger in the Lifeboat by Mitch Albom
  100. Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Finally, while our top 20 titles included only fiction, non-fiction are still significant. Here are the top non-fiction titles from 2022.


  1. I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy
  2. Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones by James Clear
  3. Crying in H Mart: A Memoir by Michelle Zauner
  4. The Body Keeps The Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma by Bessel A. van der Kolk
  5. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
  6. The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story by Nikole Hannah-Jones
  7. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  8. Finding Me: A Memoir by Viola Davis
  9. Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! by Robert T. Kiyosaki
  10. Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience by Brene Brown
  11. The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman*
  12. Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman*
  13. Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir by Matthew Perry
  14. The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times by Michelle Obama
  15. Untamed by Glennon Doyle
  16. Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe
  17. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson
  18. Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey
  19. The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
  20. Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America by Maggie Haberman

*If the first volume and the omnibus Maus were considered together, they would be in fourth place.

How Do We Know?

This data was collected by Syndetics Unbound. The search data is fully anonymized the day it is collected.