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The Most Borrowed Books, Audiobooks, and More in Cedar Rapids in 2021

The Most Borrowed Books, Audiobooks, and More in Cedar Rapids in 2021

As the year draws to a close, we’re looking back at some of the most popular items in our collection in 2021. We analyzed the data to put together lists of the most borrowed books and digital resources to see what Cedar Rapids was reading, listening to and watching this year.*

The most popular books in our adult collection were all fiction, and they focused on dramas.

1. The Last Thing He Told Me, by Laura Dave

2. The President’s Daughter, by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

3. Finding Ashley, by Danielle Steel

4. The Four Winds, by Kristin Hannah

5. Sooley, by John Grisham

Young adult readers favored older books over new ones, with fantasy dominating the category and Suzanne Collins coming in twice.

1. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, by Suzanne Collins

2. Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo

4. Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins

5. A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah Maas

Manga is popular enough we gave it its own category. Some have dozens of issues per title, so here were the five most borrowed series.

1. One Piece, by Eiichiro Oda

2. My Hero Academia, by Kohei Horikoshi

3. Bleach, by Tite Kubo

4. Fullmetal Alchemist, by Hiromu Arakawa

5. Case Closed, by Gosho Aoyama

Kids in Cedar Rapids continue to love The Diary of a Wimpy Kid, with four books making the top five ranking.

5. Splatoon, by Sankichi Hinodeya

For digital resources, we looked at Overdrive. The top circulating ebooks from the last year were dominated by historical fiction.

1. The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett

2. The Four Winds, by Kristin Hannah

3. The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig

4. Sold on a Monday, by Kristina McMorris

5. The Alice Network, by Kate Quinn

The top digital audiobooks included biographies, along with a bit of romance:

1. The Four Winds, by Kristin Hannah

2. Bridgerton: The Duke and I, by Julia Quinn

3. Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens

4. A Promised Land, by Barack Obama

5. Greenlights, by Matthew McConaughey

On Hoopla, musicals, pianos and Prince took the top spots for the most borrowed albums in Cedar Rapids.

Hoopla’s top television streams from Cedar Rapids patrons featured murder mysteries and drama.

Cedar Rapids patrons’ top movie streams were eclectic. On Hoopla, they included documentaries, comedies, cartoons and thrillers.

On Kanopy, documentaries took all the top slots.

*Information for these lists was collected in mid-December. A mid-year Information Library System transition means book circulation data is from the second half of 2021, while digital circulation data is from the full year.

One Comment

  1. Thanks for the listings. It’s fun to see what people are reading and watching.

    Do you have a listing of the most popular nonfiction books?

    Thomas Vogl
    Feb 7, 2022 Reply

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