Top 10 DPL Books of 2022

Have you read the most borrowed Denver Public Library books of 2022? Reading physical books had a resurgence this year but the popularity of social media, especially #BookTok, shows in the last four books, which each had more than 1,500 digital checkouts. Read along with your fellow community members or request your favorites for our upcoming winter of reading challenge with the chance to win prizes!

Hannah, Kristin

This top book was on last year's list too. If the lines deterred you before, it's now available without a wait.

From Kristin Hannah comes an epic novel of love and heroism and hope, set against the backdrop of one of America's most defining eras. Texas, 1934. Millions are out of work and a drought has broken the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as the crops are failing, the water is drying up, and dust threatens to bury them all. In this uncertain and dangerous time, Elsa Martinelli-like so many of her neighbors-must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or go west, to California, in search of a better life. The Four Winds is an indelible portrait of America and the American Dream, as seen through the eyes of one indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation.

Dave, Laura

Before her husband of a year disappears, Hannah receives a smuggled note to protect her new teenage stepdaughter, who wants absolutely nothing to do with Hannah. As a US marshal and federal agents arrive at her home unannounced, Hannah quickly realizes her husband isn't who he said he was. With its breakneck pacing, dizzying plot twists, and evocative family drama, The Last Thing He Told Me is a riveting mystery, certain to shock you with its final, heartbreaking turn.

Doerr, Anthony

This bestseller and National Book Award finalist was on multiple lists of the best books of the 2021 and is still holding strong.

A novel about dreamers and outsiders on the cusp of adulthood who find resilience, hope, and story. In the besieged city of Constantinople in 1453, in an Idaho public library in present times, and on a spaceship bound for a distant exoplanet decades from now, an ancient text provides solace and the most profound human connection to characters in peril. It is a "wildly inventive, a humane and uplifting book for adults that's infused with the magic of childhood reading experiences."

Towles, Amor

From the author of A Gentleman in Moscow. In 1954, eighteen-year-old Emmett Watson is driven home to Nebraska by the warden of the juvenile work farm where he has just served fifteen months for involuntary manslaughter. His mother long gone, his father recently deceased, and the family farm foreclosed upon by the bank, Emmett's intention is to pick up his eight-year-old brother, Billy, and head to California where they can start their lives anew. But when the warden drives away, Emmett discovers that two friends from the work farm have hidden themselves in the trunk of the warden's car. Together, they have hatched an altogether different plan for Emmett's future, one that will take them all on a fateful journey in the opposite direction-to the city of New York. 

Moriarty, Liane

From the author of Big Little Lies comes a novel that looks at marriage, sibling rivalry, and the lies we tell others and ourselves. If your mother was missing, would you tell the police? Even if the most obvious suspect was your father? This is the dilemma facing the four grown Delaney siblings. Two of the Delaney children think their father is innocent, two are not so sureā€”but as the two sides square off against each other in perhaps their biggest match ever, all of the Delaneys will start to reexamine their shared family history in a very new light.

Haig, Matt

Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices. Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets? A dazzling novel about all the choices that go into a life well lived, from the internationally bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and How To Stop Time.

Hoover, Colleen

This thriller was the most downloaded book of the year and, with the current long line of people waiting to read it, may appear on next year's list too. What did you think of the twist ending?

Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime from famous author Verity Crawford. Verity's husband Jeremy hires Lowen to complete the successful series Verity is unable to finish due to her injuries. When Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, she uncovers an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended anyone to read, with pages of bone-chilling admissions. As Lowen's feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife's words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.

Gottlieb, Lori

It's not surprising that two years into the pandemic, an optimistic book about connections, mental health, and how to recover when life suddenly flips upside down was read by more than 2,000 Coloradans.

Gottlieb, a therapist with a Los Angeles practice, faced a crisis that caused her world to come crashing down. Enter Wendell, the quirky but seasoned therapist who seems to have come straight from Therapist Central Casting. Yet he will turn out to be anything but. Now Gottlieb invites us into her world as both clinician and patient, examining the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we teeter on the tightrope between love and desire, meaning and mortality, guilt and redemption, terror and courage, hope and change. 

Foley, Lucy

Jess needs a fresh start. She's broke and alone, and she's just left her job under less than ideal circumstances. Her half-brother Ben didn't sound thrilled when she asked if she could crash with him in Paris for a bit, but he didn't say no. Only when she shows up, to find a very nice apartment, (could Ben really have afforded this?) he's not there. The longer Ben stays missing, the more Jess starts to dig into her brother's situation, and the more questions she has. Ben's neighbors are an eclectic bunch, and not particularly friendly. Jess may have come to Paris to escape her past, but it's starting to look like it's Ben's future that's in question. Everyone's a suspect. And everyone knows something they're not telling.

Reid, Taylor Jenkins

#10 in our list, this book jumped up from #31 last year. The wait is still long for this one, probably because of the upcoming Netflix movie adaptation.

Reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Summoned to Evelyn's Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn's life unfolds, Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn's story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique's own in tragic and irreversible ways.

Summaries provided by DPL's catalog unless otherwise noted. Click on each title to view more information.