People are reading from an increasingly diverse pool of books at neighborhood libraries, according to Gail Mueller-Schultz, manager of collection and technical services at Hennepin County Library.

Political books were highly requested. And a wider diversity in authors is also sought by library patrons, she said, and something the library is passionate about growing.

Several books appeared on neighboring county library lists as well. “The Woman in the Window” was a popular read in Carver County. Over in Hennepin County, “Desolation Mountain” and “Pinkalicious” popped up more than once.

The book with the most requests in Hennepin County right now is "Becoming," by former first lady Michelle Obama, Mueller-Schultz said.

“It is a phenomenal title and a lot of people want to read it,” she said.

The list of the library’s most circulated books doesn’t necessarily reflect the way a single community reads, she said. Hennepin County Library patrons frequently use more than one library.

For example, on their way back from work, a patron may stop at library along the way, or they’ll hit up the neighborhood library on weekends. Circulation requests shift depending on pop culture events, too. Mueller-Schultz said she anticipated the Oscars would result in a change-up in requests.

“It’s always fun to see something like what happens after the Oscars,” she said, “When all of a sudden things explode because people are saying, ‘Oh I want to read that.’”

Officials from Hennepin County Libraries and Carver County Libraries listed these books as the most checked-out in each of these library locations.

Hennepin County Library

Eden Prairie

  1. “Matched” by Allyson Braithwaite-Condie
  2. “Dreamland Burning” by Jennifer Latham
  3. “The Stars beneath Our Feet” by David Barclay Moore
  4. “My Year of Rest and Relaxation” by Ottessa Mochfegh
  5. “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe

Mueller-Schultz said since Eden Prairie’s library has been closed since the first week in January, checkouts have been coming from the hold shelves instead of the collection.

"Past Tense" by Lee Child

The book cover for “Past Tense” by Lee Child


  1. “Past Tense” by Lee Child
  2. “Garfield” by Scott Nickel
  3. “Dragon Ball Z” by Akira Toriyama
  4. “Long Road to Mercy” by David Baldacci
  5. “The Reckoning” by John Grisham

Long Lake

  1. “Pinkalicious” by Victoria Kann
  2. “The Woman in the Window” by A.J. Finn
  3. “First, Kill the Lawyers” by David Housewright
  4. “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones
  5. “Camp Creepy” by Carolyn Keene


“Pinkalicious” by Victoria Kann

The book cover for “Pinkalicious” by Victoria Kann.

  1. “Pokemon Adventures” by Hidenori Kusaka
  2. “Babymouse” by Jennifer Holm
  3. “Pinkalicious” by Victoria Kann
  4. “Desolation Mountain” by William Kent Kreuger
  5. “Pokemon X-Y” by Hidenori Kusaka


  1. “Desolation Mountain” by William Kent Kreuger
  2. “Babymouse” by Jennifer L. Holm
  3. “Past Tense” by Lee Child
  4. “Look Alive, Twenty-Five” by Janet Evanovich
  5. “Geronimo Stilton” by Geronimo Stilton

Carver County Library


  1. “The Woman in the Window” by A.J. Finn
  2. “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate
  3. “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah
  4. “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng
  5. “The Disappeared” by C.J. Box
“Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate

The book cover for “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate.


  1. “The Woman in the Window” by A.J. Finn
  2. “Twisted Prey” by John Sandford
  3. “The President is Missing” by Bill Clinton and James Patterson
  4. “The Rooster Bar” by John Grisham
  5. “The 17th Suspect” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro


  1. “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate
  2. “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman
  3. “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah
  4. “The Woman in the Window” by A.J. Finn
  5. “The Midnight Line” by Lee Child