The 10 Most Popular Novels, Nonfiction, Cookbooks, and Children’s Books in the Cuyahoga County Library System in 2021


  • Saint Martin Press
  • The #1 most borrowed novel of 2021

Just because it’s already the second week of 2022 doesn’t mean it’s too late for one last look back at 2021, especially when it comes courtesy of the Cuyahoga County Public Library.

As usual, the system in its newsletter today published its most borrowed titles in fiction, non-fiction, movies, children’s and teen’s books from 2021, but just knowing the No. 1 title for each category was not enough to satisfy our curiosity. So here, courtesy of the library, are extended lists of the most popular titles in each category.

adult fiction

1. The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
2. The Last Thing He Said to Me by Laura Dave
3. Elin Hildebrand’s Golden Daughter
4. Matt Haig’s Midnight Library
5. A Man Who Plays by David Baldacci
6. John Grisham’s Sooley
7. The Legacy of Nora Roberts
8. It’s Better That Way by Debbie Macomber
9. Painted Moon Vineyard by Susan Mallery

Non-fiction for adults

1. Keep Sharp: Building a Better Brain at Any Age by Sanjay Gupta
2. Caste: the origin of our discontent
3. Killing the Mob: The Fight Against Organized Crime in America by Bill O’Reilly
4. Eat Better, Feel Better: My Recipes for Wellness and Healing, Inside and Out by Giada DeLaurentis
5. Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man by Mary L. Trump
6. Le Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family and Defiance during the Blitz by Erik Larson
7. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
8. Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten
9. The Cleveland Millionaire Row by Alan Dutka
10. Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Big Results, A Simple, Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones by James Clear


1. Man-dog. Filth and Punishment by Dav Pilkey
2. Man-dog. Fetch-22 by Dav Pilkey
3. Man-dog. For Who Rolls the Ball by Dav Pilkey
4. Man-dog. Mothering Heights by Dav Pilkey
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball by Jeff Kinney
6. Cat Kid Comic Club by Dav Pilkey
7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End by Jeff Kinney
8. Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Jeff Kinney Getaway
10. Baby Sitters Little Sister 3: Karen’s Worst Day by Katy Farina


1. Eat Better, Feel Better: My Recipes for Wellness and Healing, Inside and Out by Giada DeLaurentis
2. Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten
3. Fix It With Food: 125+ Recipes to Treat Autoimmune Issues and Inflammation by Michael Symon and Douglas Trattner
4. Skinnytaste One and Done: 140 Hassle-Free Dinners for Your Instant Pot, Slow Cooker, Air Fryer, Frying Pan, Dutch Oven and More by Gina Homolka
5. The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook: 500 Vibrant, Kitchen-Tested Recipes for Living Well and Eating Well Every Day by America’s Test Kitchen
6. The Plant Paradox Cookbook: 100 Delicious Recipes to Help You Lose Weight, Heal Your Gut, and Live Lectin-Free by Steven Gundry
7. Skinnytaste Fast and Slow: Quick Cook and Knockout Slow Cooker Recipes by Gina Homolka
8. The Whole 30 Cookbook: 150 Delicious and Truly Compliant Recipes to Help You Succeed with the Whole 30 and Beyond by Melissa Urban
9. The Eat Fat, Get Thin Cookbook: Over 175 Delicious Recipes for Lasting Weight Loss and Glowing Health by Mark Hyman
10. Eat to Live Quick and Easy Cookbook: 131 Delicious, Nutrient-Dense Recipes for Fast, Lasting Weight Loss, Reverse Disease, and Lifelong Health by Joel Fuhrman

Books for teenagers

1. The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents by Suzanne Collins
2. Smile by Raina Telgemeier
3. One of Us Lies by Karen McManus
4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
5. Stephenie Meyer’s Midnight Sun
6. Drama by Raina Telgemeier
7. The Conflagration of Suzanne Collins
8. James Dashner’s Labyrinth
9. The Selection by Kiera Cass
10. Turtles Down by John Green


1. World News
2. The Sharpshooter
3. The little things
4. The War with Grandpa
5. Soul
6. Father
7. Crisis
8. Promising young woman
9. Mulan

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