The Most Popular In-Demand Books in U.S. Libraries: August–October 2021

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Each quarter, Panorama Picks takes a deep dive into the data about ebook use at libraries across the U.S. It’s a fascinating look at not just the most popular ebooks in public libraries — they don’t stray too far from what you’d expect of the bestseller lists — but also at the books that are seeing uniquely high demand at libraries.

These are books which are seeing a lot of interest but haven’t necessarily stayed atop bestseller lists for months and/or books with particular interest locally. The data looks at adult fiction, adult nonfiction, and young adult books (which includes fiction, nonfiction, and comics). Panorama Picks groups public libraries by coordinating American Bookseller Association (ABA) regions, which allows for a really neat way of exploring interest on a regional level. A book might be especially popular in California but less so in the Midwest, and looking at that data provides a real opportunity for local bookstores and libraries.

A major goal is to help independent bookstores identify unique opportunities to reach the unmeet needs of local readers for these books.

“We compile and publish Panorama Picks on a quarterly basis and we endeavor to promote our findings to local booksellers as well as to publishers and authors,” said Daniel Albohn, Panorama Project’s lead.

Data for the books on these lists comes from anonymized ebook requests at libraries between August and October 2021, and books are narrowed down by their publication dates. All of the books published between August 2020 through March 2021, a nine-month window. As will be seen, some of the books included were published well before this time frame, but their ebooks became available in that window. In some cases, the ebook may be a new or updated edition.

What makes Panorama Picks unique is that these books have notably longer wait lists for local library patrons, showcasing unmet demand. This is where both libraries and local booksellers come in: the opportunity to meet the demand unique to their region.

The lists below showcase the most uniquely popular books in U.S. libraries, divided category and by ABA regions. The ABA regions are as follows, and yes, there are some overlapping states among them: California, Great Lakes (Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan), Hawaii, Midwest (Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin), Mountains and Plains (Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wyoming), New Atlantic (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia), New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont), Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington), and Southeast (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia).

The Most Uniquely Popular Books in Public Libraries, August–October 2021

Here are the top 10 most uniquely popular books across the country, followed by the most uniquely popular books by region. The methodology behind Panorama Picks involves pulling the top ten national titles identified by holds and then regional lists are created, with those top ten titles removed from the final data. The top 50 titles within each region are identified, then sorted by the number of holds and number of those titles available (AKA: high demand books with a lower number of books available). Books without a print version, so ebook only titles, are pulled from the data. The remaining titles are sorted into a top 25.

Using that methodology, these are the top 10 most popular books across the country, in order, followed by the most uniquely popular titles in each region. The full lists of 25 titles each are available on the Panorama Project website.

The Most Uniquely Popular Adult Fiction Titles (U.S.-Wide)

The Thursday Murder Club–A Novel by Richard Osman — all 9 regionsA Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer Armentrout — all 9 regionsThe Quiet Girl by S. F. Kosa — 8 regionsFinlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano — 8 regionsBridgerton Collection, Volume 2 by Julia Quinn — 8 regionsBridgerton Collection, Volume 3 by Julia Quinn — 7 regionsNo One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood — 7 regionsThe Women of Chateau Lafayette by Stephanie Dray — 7 regionsThe Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner — 6 regions

Most Popular Adult Fiction Titles — California

The Quiet Girl by S. F. KosaFresh Water for Flowers by Valérie PerrinA Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. ArmentroutLand of Big Numbers by Te-Ping ChenThe Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley RobinsonNo One Is Talking About This by Patricia LockwoodThe Thursday Murder Club by Richard OsmanAt Night All Blood Is Black by David DiopBridgerton Collection, Volume 2 by Julia QuinnFinlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

Most Popular Adult Fiction Titles — Great Lakes (Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan)

The Quiet Girl by S. F. KosaA Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. ArmentroutThe Thursday Murder Club by Richard OsmanBridgerton Collection, Volume 2 by Julia QuinnBridgerton Collection, Volume 3 by Julia QuinnFinlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle CosimanoThe Women of Chateau Lafayette by Stephanie DraySurviving Savannah by Patti CallahanNo One Is Talking About This by Patricia LockwoodThe Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner

Most Popular Adult Fiction Titles — Hawaii

The Seed Keeper by Diane WilsonHidden Star by Nora RobertsMidwinter Murder by Agatha ChristieBridgerton Collection, Volume 3 by Julia QuinnA Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. ArmentroutBridgerton Collection, Volume 2 by Julia QuinnWho is Maud Dixon? by Alexandra AndrewsThe Exiles by Christina Baker KlineNo One Is Talking About This by Patricia LockwoodThe Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Most Popular Adult Fiction Titles — Midwest (Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin)

The Quiet Girl by S. F. KosaA Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. ArmentroutFinlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle CosimanoBridgerton Collection, Volume 2 by Julia QuinnBridgerton Collection, Volume 3 by Julia QuinnNo One Is Talking About This by Patricia LockwoodThe Thursday Murder Club by Richard OsmanThe Women of Chateau Lafayette by Stephanie DrayThe Nature of Fragile Things by Susan MeissnerThe Palm Beach Murders by James Patterson

Most Popular Adult Fiction Titles — Mountains and Plains (Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wyoming)

The Quiet Girl by S. F. KosaA Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. ArmentroutFinlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle CosimanoThe Best-Laid Plans by Sarah M. EdenThe Thursday Murder Club by Richard OsmanThe Women of Chateau Lafayette by Stephanie DrayBridgerton Collection, Volume 2 by Julia QuinnSurviving Savannah by Patti CallahanThe Nature of Fragile Things by Susan MeissnerThe Orphan Collector by Ellen Marie Wiseman

Most Popular Adult Fiction Titles — New Atlantic (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia)

The Quiet Girl by S. F. KosaA Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. ArmentroutThe Thursday Murder Club by Richard OsmanThe Ministry For The Future by Kim Stanley RobinsonBridgerton Collection, Volume 3 by Julia QuinnThe Nature of Fragile Things by Susan MeissnerThe Women of Chateau Lafayette by Stephanie DrayNo One Is Talking About This by Patricia LockwoodFinlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle CosimanoBridgerton Collection, Volume 2 by Julia Quinn

Most Popular Adult Fiction Titles — New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont)

The Quiet Girl by S.F. KosaA Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. ArmentroutLand of Big Numbers by Te-Ping ChenThe Ministry For The Future by Kim StanleyBridgerton Collection, Volume 3 by Julia QuinnThe Nature of Fragile Things by Susan MeissnerThe Women of Chateau Lafayette by Stephanie DrayNo One Is Talking About This by Patricia LockwoodThe Thursday Murder Club by Richard OsmanFinlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

Most Popular Adult Fiction Titles — Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington)

The Quiet Girl by S. F. KosaThe Ministry For The Future by Kim Stanley RobinsonA Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. ArmentroutThe Thursday Murder Club by Richard OsmanFinlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle CosimanoThe Exiles by Christina Baker KlineBridgerton Collection, Volume 3 by Julia QuinnBridgerton Collection, Volume 2 by Julia QuinnThe Women of Chateau Lafayette by Stephanie DrayNo One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood

Most Popular Adult Fiction Titles — Southeast (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia)

The Quiet Girl by S. F. KosaThe Thursday Murder Club by Richard OsmanA Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. ArmentroutBridgerton Collection, Volume 2 by Julia QuinnBridgerton Collection, Volume 3 by Julia QuinnFinlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle CosimanoSurviving Savannah by Patti CallahanThe Women of Chateau Lafayette by Stephanie DrayThe Nature of Fragile Things by Susan MeissnerThe Palm Beach Murders by James Patterson

The Most Uniquely Popular Adult Nonfiction Titles (U.S.-Wide)

Burn by Herman Pontzer PhD — 8 regionsCleaning Up Your Mental Mess by Dr. Caroline Leaf — 7 regionsLaziness Does Not Exist by Devon Price — 5 regionsThe Ultimate Meal-Prep Cookbook by America’s Test Kitchen — 4 regionsADHD 2.0 by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. — 4 regionsAll We Can Save by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson — 4 regionsGood Morning, Monster by Catherine Gildiner — 4 regions

Most Popular Adult Nonfiction Titles — California

Come As You Are by Emily NagoskiPolysecure by Jessica FernAll We Can Save by Ayana Elizabeth JohnsonFourteen Talks by Age Fourteen by Michelle IcardDie With Zero by Bill PerkinsHow To Write One Song by Jeff TweedyBurn by Herman Pontzer PhDLaziness Does Not Exist by Devon PriceGood Morning, Monster by Catherine GildinerHow To Not Die Alone by Logan Ury

Most Popular Adult Nonfiction Titles — Great Lakes (Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan)

Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess by Dr. Caroline LeafBurn by Herman Pontzer PhDFourteen Talks by Age Fourteen by Michelle IcardMurder of Innocence by James PattersonLaziness Does Not Exist by Devon PriceWhat Color Is Your Parachute? 2021 by Richard N. BollesWhat We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Fat by Aubrey GordonLaundry Love by Patric RichardsonHello, Habits by Fumio SasakiADHD 2.0 by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.

Most Popular Adult Nonfiction Titles — Hawaii

Beyond Order by Jordan B. PetersonWinning the War In Your Mind by Craig GroeschelTill Murder Do Us Part by James PattersonA Most Remarkable Creature by Jonathan MeiburgHow To Sleep by Rafael PelayoEat to Beat Depression and Anxiety by Drew Ramsey, M.D.The Three Mothers by Anna Malaika TubbsBurn by Herman Pontzer PhDThe Pegan Diet by Dr. Mark HymanIntuitive Fasting by Dr. Will Cole

Most Popular Adult Nonfiction Titles — Midwest (Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin)

Burn by Herman Pontzer PhDSet Boundaries, Find Peace by Nedra Glover TawwabThe Little Book of Cottagecore by Emily KentWinning The War In Your Mind by Craig GroeschelLaziness Does Not Exist by Devon PriceGood Morning, Monster by Catherine GildinerCleaning Up Your Mental Mess by Dr. Caroline LeafFourteen Talks By Age Fourteen by Michelle IcardThe Ultimate Meal-Prep Cookbook by America’s Test KitchenHow To Do The Work by Dr. Nicole LePera

Most Popular Adult Nonfiction Titles — Mountains and Plains (Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wyoming)

More Than a Body by Lexie KiteCome As You Are by Emily NagoskiThe Great Sex Rescue by Sheila Wray GregoireBurn by Herman Pontzer PhDThe Second Coming of the Lord by Gerald N. LundWithout The Mask by Charles BirdThe Little Book of Cottagecore by Emily KentCleaning Up Your Mental Mess by Dr. Caroline LeafLaziness Does Not Exist by Devon PriceGood Morning, Monster by Catherine Gildiner

Most Popular Adult Nonfiction Titles — New Atlantic (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia)

All We Can Save by Ayana Elizabeth JohnsonBurn by Herman Pontzer PhDUnder a White Sky by Elizabeth KolbertLaziness Does Not Exist by Devon PriceHow To Not Die Alone by Logan UryGood Morning, Monster by Catherine GildinerThe Ultimate Meal-Prep Cookbook by America’s Test KitchenGet Good With Money by Tiffany the Budgetnista AlicheCleaning Up Your Mental Mess by Dr. Caroline LeafWhat Color Is Your Parachute? 2021 by Richard N. Bolles

Most Popular Adult Nonfiction Titles — New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont)

All We Can Save by Ayana Elizabeth JohnsonThe Ultimate Meal-Prep Cookbook by America’s Test KitchenHow To Write One Song by Jeff TweedyA Libertarian Walks Into a Bar by Matthew Hongoltz-HetlingUnder a White Sky by Elizabeth KolbertCleaning Up Your Mental Mess by Dr. Caroline LeafAce by Angela ChenWhat Color Is Your Parachute? 2021 by Richard N. BollesADHD 2.0 by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.Burn by Herman Pontzer PhD

Most Popular Adult Nonfiction Titles — Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington)

Polysecure by Jessica FernBurn by Herman Pontzer PhDLaziness Does Not Exist by Devon PriceHow To Write One Song by Jeff TweedyCleaning Up Your Mental Mess by Dr. Caroline LeafMine! by Michael A. HellerGardening in Summer-Dry Climates by Nora HarlowAll We Can Save by Ayana Elizabeth JohnsonADHD 2.0 by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Fat by Aubrey Gordon

Most Popular Adult Nonfiction Titles — Southeast (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia)

Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess by Dr. Caroline LeafUnder a White Sky by Elizabeth KolbertLaundry Love by Patric RichardsonThe Ultimate Meal-Prep Cookbook by America’s Test KitchenHunt, Gather, Parent by Michaeleen DoucleffWinning The War In Your Mind by Craig GroeschelADHD 2.0 by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.A World Without Email by Cal NewportGet Good With Money by Tiffany the Budgetnista AlicheIntuitive Fasting by Dr. Will Cole

The Most Uniquely Popular Young Adult Fiction Titles (U.S.-Wide)

Note that manga is bundled in with YA, as you’ll see below.

Covet by Tracy Wolff — 8 regionsHeartstopper, Volume 2 by Alice Oseman — 8 regionsCrush by Tracy Wolff — 6 regionsDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 16 by Koyoharu Gotouge — 6 regionsDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 17 by Koyoharu Gotouge — 6 regionsDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 20 by Koyoharu Gotouge — 6 regionsDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 15 by Koyoharu Gotouge — 5 regionsDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 19 by Koyoharu Gotouge — 5 regionsToday Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon — 5 regions

Most Popular Young Adult Fiction Titles — California

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 16 by Koyoharu GotougeThrone of Glass eBook Bundle by Sarah J. MaasDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 15 by Koyoharu GotougeDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 20 by Koyoharu GotougeHeartstopper: Volume 2 by Alice OsemanDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 17 by Koyoharu GotougeDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 18 by Koyoharu GotougeCovet by Tracy WolffDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 14 by Koyoharu GotougeDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 19 by Koyoharu Gotouge

Most Popular Young Adult Fiction Titles — Great Lakes (Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan)

Throne of Glass eBook Bundle by Sarah J. MaasCovet by Tracy WolffTwisted Ones by Scott CawthonHeartstopper: Volume 2 by Alice OsemanCrush by Tracy WolffHow the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly BlackThe Lives of Saints by Leigh BardugoNamesake by Adrienne YoungToday Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn SolomonThe Obsession by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Most Popular Young Adult Fiction Titles — Hawaii

A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid KemmererYou Have a Match by Emma LordUnravel the Dusk by Elizabeth LimSkyhunter by Marie LuChain of Iron by Cassandra ClareYolk by Mary H. K. ChoiA Pho Love Story by Loan LeDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 15 by Koyoharu GotougeHawk by James PattersonDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 14 by Koyoharu Gotouge

Most Popular Young Adult Fiction Titles — Midwest (Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin)

Covet by Tracy WolffHeartstopper: Volume 2 by Alice OsemanDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 19 by Koyoharu GotougeTwisted Ones by Scott CawthonDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 17 by Koyoharu GotougeDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 20 by Koyoharu GotougeDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 16 by Koyoharu GotougeNamesake by Adrienne YoungDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 18 by Koyoharu GotougeHow the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black

Most Popular Young Adult Fiction Titles — Mountains and Plains (Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wyoming)

Throne of Glass eBook Bundle by Sarah J MaasCovet by Tracy WolffDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 19 by Koyoharu GotougeDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 17 by Koyoharu GotougeTwisted Ones by Scott CawthonDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 18 by Koyoharu GotougeDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 20 by Koyoharu GotougeHeartstopper: Volume 2 by Alice OsemanDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 16 by Koyoharu GotougeCrush by Tracy Wolff

Most Popular Young Adult Fiction Titles — New Atlantic (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia)

Covet by Tracy WolffHeartstopper: Volume 2 by Alice OsemanDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 20 by Koyoharu GotougeDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 19 by Koyoharu GotougeCrush by Tracy WolffDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 16 by Koyoharu GotougeSpy x Family, Volume 2 by Tatsuya EndoDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 15 by Koyoharu GotougeDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 17 by Koyoharu GotougeToday Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Most Popular Young Adult Fiction Titles — New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont)

Covet by Tracy WolffHow the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly BlackDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 20 by Koyoharu GotougeCrush by Tracy WolffDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 16 by Koyoharu GotougeHeartstopper: Volume 2 by Alice OsemanDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 17 by Koyoharu GotougeDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 15 by Koyoharu GotougeToday Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn SolomonSpy x Family, Volume 2 by Tatsuya Endo

Most Popular Young Adult Fiction Titles — Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington)

Covet by Tracy WolffHearstopper: Volume 2 by Alice OsemanDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 18 by Koyoharu GotougeDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 19 by Koyoharu GotougeDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 20 by Koyoharu GotougeDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 16 by Koyoharu GotougeDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 17 by Koyoharu GotougeCrush by Tracy WolffDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 15 by Koyoharu GotougeToday Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Most Popular Young Adult Fiction Titles — Southeast (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia)

Covet by Tracy WolffCrush by Tracy WolffHeartstopper: Volume 2 by Alice OsemanToday Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn SolomonNamesake by Adrienne YoungSweet and Bitter Magic by Adrienne TooleyPerfect On Paper by Sophie GonzalesLast Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda LoA Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley ShuttleworthThe Captive Kingdom by Jennifer A. Nielsen

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