Top Items of 2022

We've pored over the stats and come up with the list of the biggest and best of 2022. In just the first 11 months of the year, our members checked out and renewed 726,404 physical items! Our Digital Library also proved to be very popular. In the first 10 months of the year, members borrowed 316,755 digital items, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines, and accessed our databases over 91,000 times.

WOW - thank you to all of our members for your support of the Barrie Public Library!

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Top Items of 2022 (Print Format)

Top 10 Adult Fiction


Book Cover: The Judge's List by John Grisham1. The Judge's List by John Grisham
Available as Book, eBook, Audiobook CD, and Large Print
"As an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct, Lacy Stoltz sees plenty of corruption among the men and women elected to the bench. the judge's list, the man hiding behind the black robe is not taking bribes--but he may be taking lives"


Book Cover: The Dark Hours by Michael Connelly2. The Dark Hours by Michael Connelly
Available as Book, eBook, Downloadable Audiobook, Audiobook CD, and Large Print

"Has a killer lain dormant for years only to strike again on New Year's Eve? LAPD Detective Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch team up to find justice for an innocent victim."


Book Cover: Better Off Dead by Lee Child 3. Better Off Dead by Lee Child
Available as Book, Audiobook CD, and Large Print

"Reacher isn't one to back down from a fight. And when a shadowy crew raises the stakes, he won't hesitate to teach them a lesson: When you pick a fight with Reacher, you're better off dead."


Book Cover: The Match by Harlan Coben4. The Match by Harlan Coben
Available as Book, eBook, Large Print, and Audiobook CD

"When a DNA match on an online ancestry database leads him to a second cousin who disappears as quickly as he resurfaces after an epic fall from grace, Wilde must figure out if his cousin is linked to a cunning conspiracy involving a ruthless killer."


Book Cover: The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave 5. The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave 
Available as Book, eBook, eAudiobook, Audiobook CD, and Large Print

"When her husband of a year disappears, Hannah quickly learns he is not who he said he was and is left to sort out the truth with just one ally- her husband's teenage daughter, who hates her."


Book cover: Never by Ken Follett6. Never by Ken Follett
Available as Book, eBook, eAudiobook, and Audiobook CD

"Navigating terrorist attacks, illegal arms trading and smear campaigns, Pauline Green, the country's first women president, is caught in a complex web of alliances with the most powerful counties that are being orchestrated by the enemy, and only those with the most elite skills can stop the inevitable."

Book cover: The Guest List by Lucy Foley7. The Guest List by Lucy Foley
Available as Book, eBook, eBook, eAudiobook, and Large Print

On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed. But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human."

Book cover: The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley 8. The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley
Available as Book, eBook, eAudiobook, Audiobook CD, and Large Print

"Arriving in Paris to stay with her brother Ben, Jess learns that he has gone missing, and to find him, starts digging into his life, realizing even though she has come to the City of Lights to escape her past, it's his future hanging in the balance."


Book Cover: The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny9. The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny
Available as Book, eBook, Audiobook CD, and Large Print

"When a visiting professor spreads lies so that fact and fiction are so confused it's nearly impossible to tell them apart, leading to murder, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache must investigate this case as well as this extraordinary popular delusion."


Book cover: Five Little Indians by Michelle Good10. Five Little Indians by Michelle Good
Available as Book, eBook, and eAudiobook

"With compassion and insight, Five Little Indians chronicles the desperate quest of these residential school survivors to come to terms with their past and, ultimately, find a way forward."

Top 10 Adult Non-Fiction


Book cover: Talking to Canadians by Rick Mercer1. Talking to Canadians by Rick Mercer
Available as Book, eBook, and eAudiobook

Canada's beloved comic genius tells his own story for the first time. In riveting anecdotal style, Rick charts his rise from highly unpromising schoolboy (in his reports "the word 'disappointment' appeared a fair bit") to the heights of TV fame.


Book cover: Untamed by Glennon Doyle2. Untamed by Glennon Doyle
Available as Book, eBook, and Audiobook CD

"Soulful and uproarious, forceful and tender, Untamed is both a memoir and a galvanizing wake-up call. It offers a piercing, electrifying examination of the restrictive expectations women are issued from birth..."


Book cover: Atlas of the Heart by Brené Brown3. Atlas of the Heart by Brené Brown
Available as a Book, eBook, eAudiobook, and Large Print

"In Atlas of the Heart, Brown takes us on a journey through eighty-seven of the emotions and experiences that define what it means to be human."

Book cover: Run Towards the Danger by Sarah Polley

4. Run Towards the Danger by Sarah Polley
Available as Book, eBook, and eAudiobook

"Fascinating, harrowing, courageous, and deeply felt, these explorations of 'dangerous stories,' harmful past events, and trials of the soul speak to all who've encountered dark waters and have had to navigate them." --Margaret Atwood via Twitter

Book cover: Indian in the Cabinet by Jody Wilson-Raybould5. Indian in the Cabinet by Jody Wilson-Raybould
Available as Book, eBook, and eAudiobook

"Indian in the Cabinet: Speaking Truth to Power is the story of why Wilson-Raybould got into federal politics, her experience as an Indigenous leader sitting around the Cabinet table, her proudest achievements, the very public SNC-Lavalin affair, and how she got out and moved forward."

Book cover: The Palace Papers by Tina Brown6. The Palace Papers by Tina Brown
Available as Book, eBook, and eAudiobook

"The riveting inside story of the British royal family since the death of Princess Diana, from the Queen's tightening grip to the defection of Harry and Meghan--by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Diana Chronicles."

Book cover: Atomic Habits by James Clear7. Atomic Habits by James Clear
Available as a Book

"A leading expert on habit formation reveals practical strategies to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results."


Book cover: The Betrayal of Anne Frank by Rosemary Sullivan8. The Betrayal of Anne Frank by Rosemary Sullivan
Available as Book, eBook, eAudiobook, and Large Print

"Using new technology, recently discovered documents and sophisticated investigative techniques, an international team--led by an obsessed retired FBI agent--has finally solved the mystery that has haunted generations since World War II: Who betrayed Anne Frank and her family? And why?"

Book cover: From The Ashes by Jesse Thistle9. From The Ashes by Jesse Thistle
Available as Book, eBook, and Audiobook CD

"From the Ashes is a remarkable memoir about hope and resilience, and a revelatory look into the life of a Metis-Cree man who refused to give up."


Book cover: Living Untethered by Michael A. Singer10. Living Untethered by Michael A. Singer
Available as Book, eBook, and eAudiobook

"Now more than ever, we're all looking to feel more joy, happiness, and deeper meaning in our lives. But are we looking in all the wrong places?"


Top Items of 2022 (Digital Format)

Top 10 cloudLibrary eBooks

  1. The Dark Hours – Michael Connelly
  2. The Paris Detective – James Patterson and Richard DiLallo
  3. 2 Sisters Detective Agency – James Patterson and Candice Fox
  4. Mercy – David Baldacci
  5. Dream Town – David Baldacci
  6. Run, Rose, Run – Dolly Parton and James Patterson
  7. 22 Seconds – James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  8. The Club – Ellery Lloyd
  9. Steal – James Patterson, Howard Roughan
  10. The Wish – Nicholas Sparks

Top 10 cloudLibrary eAudiobooks

  1. The Club – Lloyd Ellery
  2. We Were Never Here – Andrea Bartz
  3. The Company We Keep – Frances Itani
  4. Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens
  5. The Paris Apartment – Lucy Foley
  6. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid
  7. The Maid – Nita Prose
  8. The Last Thing He Told Me – Laura Dave
  9. The Paper Palace – Miranda Cowley Heller
  10. It Ends with Us – Colleen Hoover

Top 10 Hoopla Titles

  1. Hoopla Magazines Binge Pass (eMagazines)
  2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling (eAudiobook)
  3. Unf#ck Your Brain - Faith G. Harper (eAudiobook)
  4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling (eAudiobook)
  5. Riviera - S1E1 (Television)
  6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling (eAudiobook)
  7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling (eAudiobook)
  8. Dalgliesh - Shroud for a Nightingale, Part 1, Season 1 (Television)
  9. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling (eAudiobook)
  10. Raising Good Humans - Hunter Clarke-Fields (eAudiobook)


Top Items of 2022 - Kids & Teens

Top 10 Video Games

  1. Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo Switch)
  2. Mario Golf (Nintendo Switch)
  3. Super Mario Party (Nintendo Switch)
  4. Paper Mario (Nintendo Switch)
  5. Super Mario 3D All-Stars (Nintendo Switch)
  6. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Nintendo Switch)
  7. Miitopia (Nintendo Switch)
  8. Animal Crossing (Nintendo Switch)
  9. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon (Nintendo Switch)
  10. Minecraft Dungeons

Top 10 YA Fiction

  1. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
  2. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – Suzanne Collins
  3. Firekeeper’s Daughter – Angeline Boulley
  4. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
  5. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder – Holly Jackson
  6. A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas
  7. The Cruel Prince – Holly Black
  8. They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera
  9. Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
  10. Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo

Top 10 Jr. Board Books

  1. Daddy - Leslie Patricelli
  2. Dinosnores - Sandra Boynton
  3. Jungle Night - Sandra Boynton
  4. Cheep! Cheep! Chick - Dawn Sirett
  5. Fingertrail 123 - Elisa Ferro
  6. Why I Love The Moon - Daniel Howarth
  7. Little Squirrel - Britta Teekentrup
  8. Rocket's Puppy Friends - Tad Hills
  9. Bedtime for Cranky Crab - Cristina Ergunay
  10. Hello, Little Dreamer - Kathie Lee Gifford

Top 10 Picture Books

  1. Construction Site Mission: Demolition! - Sherri Duskey Rinker
  2. Pete The Cat: Crayons Rock! - Kim Dean
  3. Construction Site: Road Crew, Coming Through! - Sherri Duskey Rinker
  4. Three Cheers for Kid McGear! - Sherri Duskey Rinker
  5. The Couch Potato - Jory John
  6. The Good Egg - Jory John
  7. Pig the Monster - Aaron Blabey
  8. Pig the Slob - Aaron Blabey
  9. Think Big! - Robert Munsch
  10. Bad Dog - Mike Boldt

Top 10 Jr. Graphic Novels

  1. Sisters - Raina Telgmeier
  2. Cat Kid Comic Club: Perspectives - Dav Pilkey
  3. The Truth About Stacey: A Graphic Novel - Raina Telgmeier
  4. Guts - Raina Telgmeier
  5. Dog Man: Mothering Heights - Dav Pilkey
  6. Smile - Raina Telgmeier
  7. Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back - Machito Gomi
  8. Baby-Sitters Little Sisters 4: Karen's Kittycat Club - Katy Farina
  9. Dog Man: Grime and Punishment - Dav Pilkey
  10. Cat Kid Comic Club: Dav Pilkey