Provo City Library’s most checked-out books

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Thursday bookmarks National Book Lovers Day. In honor of the page-turner of a holiday, UtahValley360 asked Provo City Library to share its most popular books. And the results showed a lot about Provo’s reading residents.

One thing to note is Utah readers are good at supporting local authors. There are 10 Utah-based authors that made the lists.

The data used in the totals is all-time, meaning books checked out since the library opened. However, it doesn’t include all of the books checked out from the library because once a book is removed from the library, its records are deleted.

The fact that the Harry Potter series didn’t make the list is a great example of why this is, according to Ann-Marie Marchant, support service manager at the Provo City Library.

“I was a little surprised that we didn’t have any of the Harry Potter books (besides the play version that just came out) make the top ten, but in talking with my co-workers we concluded that those books are basically read to death,” wrote Marchant in an email. “The copies fall apart and are discarded; we then replace those with new copies. However, when the worn out copy is discarded, the statistics for that copy are also deleted from our system.”

Another book avid readers might be surprised didn’t make the list is “The Hobbit.” It was left off of the list because it is shelved in all three of our categories at the Provo City Library, which would have skewed the results. If it would have been included, the book by J. R. R. Tolkien would have tied for eighth on the children’s books list, come in fifth on the young adult literature list and tied for third on the adult books list.

Here are the Provo City Library’s most-checked out books of all-time for children, young adult and adult literature. Does your favorite book make the list?


Children’s Books

Not so much of a surprise, Dr. Seuss’ “Great Day for Up!” made the Top 10 list. The children’s book classified as an “easy reader” has been checked out 973 times. (Photo by UV360)

  1. “A Dazzling Book Report” by Jane O’Connor
  2. “Amelia Bedelia 4 Mayor” by Parish Herman
  3. “Great Day for Up!” by Dr. Seuss
  4. “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse” by Kevin Henkes
  5. “Click, Clack, Splish, Splash: A Counting Adventure” by Doreen Cronin
  6. “The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?” by Mo Willems
  7. “A Tale of Two Castles” (Two Castles series) by Gail Carson Levine
  8. “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown
  9. “The Throne of Fire” (Kane Chronicles series) by Rick Riordan
  10. “The Runaway King” (Ascendance series) by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Young Adult Books

“The Elite” by Kiera Cass is the second most popular book to check out in the young adult section at the Provo City Library. It has been checked out 904 times to date. (Photo by UV360)

  1. “The Rithmatist” by Brandon Sanderson
  2. “The Elite” (Selection series) by Kiera Cass
  3. “The Princess of Glass” (Princess of Westfalin series) by Jessica Day George
  4. “Catching Fire” (Hunger Games series) by Suzanne Collins
  5. “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green
  6. “Battle of the Ampere” (Michael Vey series) by Richard Paul Evans
  7. “Cress” (Lunar Chronicles series) by Marissa Meyer
  8. “Legend” (Legend series) by Marie Lu
  9. “The Death Cure” (Maze Runner series) by James Dashner
  10. “Reached” (Matched series) by Allyson Braithwaite Condie

Adult Books

“Throne of Glass” by Sarah J. Maas was on the stand as one of the staff picks at the Provo City Library. It has been checked out 602 times. (Photo by UV360)

  1. “The Alloy of Law” (Mistborn series) by Brandon Sanderson
  2. “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr
  3. “Blackmoore” by Julianne Donaldson
  4. “Throne of Glass” (Throne of Glass series) by Sarah J. Maas
  5. “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer
  6. “Drops of Gold” (Jonquil Family Series) by Sarah M. Eden
  7. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two” (Harry Potter Series) by J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany
  8. “Austenland A Novel” by Shannon Hale
  9. “Lemon Tart” (Culinary Mystery series) by Josi S. Kilpack
  10. “The Shadow of Your Smile” by Mary Higgins Clark
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While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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