The Everett Public Library’s top checkouts for adults in 2022

Find out what nonfiction, fiction, graphic and audio titles library-goers are reading.

Library goers have a wide range of options, but it’s apparent a few books in particular stood out to Everett adults this year.

Here are the most borrowed books by adults from the Everett Public Libraries. If you’re interested in checking out the most read titles by Everett youth, keep an eye out for top checkouts for kids and teens.

Educated: a memoir(2018) by Tara Westover

Tara Westover was raised by survivalist mormon parents and grew up isolated from mainstream society in the mountains of Idaho. She didn’t step foot in to a class room until she was 17. Westover’s memoir chronicles her quest for education as a young person and highlights how it impacted her worldview.

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma(2014) by Bessel van der Kolk

Researcher Bessel van der Kolk has worked with trauma survivors for over three decades. In his book he unpacks how emotional trauma and stress rewire the brain, and offers alternatives to drugs and talk therapy when it comes to healing.

Crying in H Mart: a memoir” (2021) by Michelle Zauner

Japanese Breakfast lead singer Michelle Zauner tells the story of her Korean-American upbringing in a predominately white area and how losing her mother to pancreatic cancer forced her to grapple with and reclaim her identify. “Crying in H Mart” is complete with family photos and intimate anecdotes, giving readers a personal look into the singer’s life. Shortly after Zauner’s memoir about grief was published, Japanese Breakfast released their third studio album “Jubilee” which was praised for its joyfulness. Zauner will be celebrating the success of “Crying in H Mart” this spring with a book tour.

Where the Crawdads Sing(2018) by Delia Owens

This coming-of-age murder mystery follows Kya, or “Marsh Girl” as the residence of Barkley Cove refer to her, as she navigates her adolescence in the isolated marshes of North Carolina. The novel asks how an isolated young woman yearns for belonging and is shaped by her inner child. The novel was adapted into a movie which released last summer and is now streaming on Netflix.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: a novel “(2017) by Taylor Reid

Reclusive Old Hollywood star Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell her story at age 79. But when she chooses for the job Monique Grant, a reporter at a small unknown magazine, everyone, especially Monique, are confused by Hugo’s choice. The two women become close friends, but as Monique unravels Hugo’s story, she realizes their lives intersect in irreversibly tragic ways. Last spring, Netflix announced that Liz Tigelaar, the developer, show runner, and executive producer for Hulu’s “Little Fires Everywhere,” would be producing a film adaptation of the novel.

The Midnight Library(2020) by Matt Haig

Nora Seed finds between life and death is the mysterious Midnight Library. It contains infinite shelves full of books depicting what her life could have been if different choices were made. Presented with the opportunity to undo her regrets, Nora must decide which path would make her life truly fulfilling and ask herself what makes life worth living.

Dune: the graphic novel. Book 1(2020) by Brian Herbert 

Frank Herbert’s 1965 science-fiction epic “Dune” follows Paul, heir to House Atreides, as he rules the inhospitable desert planet Arrakis. The story blends adventure, environmentalism, mysticism and politics which is transformed in the graphic novel format adapted by Brian Herbert. The book was adapted into a movie which was released at the end of 2021 and “Dune: Part Two” is set to release Nov. 2023.

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse(2019) by Charlie Mackesy

Four unlikely friends, a boy, a mole, a fox and a horse, unpack the meaning of kindness, hope and courage while traveling together in a search for home. However, the boy learns that home isn’t always in one place. This graphic novel was turned into an animated short film released in Dec. 2022 on Apple TV.

Jujutsu Kaisen. 07, the Origin of Obedience(2020) by Gege Akutami

In a world riddled with cursed spirits that feed on humans, Yuji Itadori finds that the best way to fight demons is to become one himself. He and the other student’s of Jujutsu Kaisen high school have little time to recover from a recent curse attack as people begin to die under strange circumstances. The manga series was adapted into an anime series in 2020 and a movie in 2022. The second season of the anime is set to premiere in July 2023.

The Miracle of Mindfulness: an Introduction to the Practice of Meditation(1975) by Thích Nhá̂t Hạnh 

Zen master Thích Nhá̂t Hạnh guides listeners through exercises with the goal of learning mindfulness while being fully awake and aware. He teaches that mundane everyday tasks like washing dishes or peeling an orange are opportunities to work towards one’s greater self.

Tom Clancy: Power and Empire (2017) by Marc Cameron

Terrorist threats from China leaves U.S. President Jack Ryan to take desperate measures and he prepares for a negotiation with Chinese President Zhou. But when a routine traffic stop in rural Texas leads to the discovery of a USB stick, the dark connection between the attacks is unveiled.

Past Tense(2018) by Lee Child

Jack Reacher embarks on an epic cross country road trip from Maine to California. However his trip is cut short when he stumbles upon a sign on the side of a New England country road that leads him to the town his father was born. After the detour, his car breaks down and he’s forced to spend the night in a strange town. Reacher unpacks his father’s past in the nail-biting adventure. The present can be tense, but the past can be worse.

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