2023 Library Look Back

What a year to visit the Library! Kitsap Regional Library patrons explored boldly in their reading, watching, and listening. Read on for a list of this year's most checked-out materials to see what our community engaged with most.


No genre seemed left unread by listeners this year. The most popular titles featured fantasy, historical fiction, and celebrity memoirs. 

Top 5 Checked-Out Audiobooks of 2023 

Fourth Wing

The Covenant of Water

I'm Glad My Mom Died

A Court of Thorns and Roses

Lessons in Chemistry


Viewers tried to be "everything, everywhere, all at once" by staying up to date with Oscar winners and nominees, taking to the skies, and facing the music.

Top 5 Checked-Out Movies of 2023

Everything Everywhere All at Once

Top Gun

The Fabelmans


The Menu

Print Nonfiction

Library patrons read widely this year, delving into memoirs while seeking gardening and travel knowledge. 

Top 5 Checked-Out Print Nonfiction Titles of 2023


Gardening With Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest

Rick Steves Europe Through the Back Door

Crying in H Mart

Gardening in the Pacific Northwest

Ebook Nonfiction

Unflinching memoirs and a desire to understand our modern times drove this year's digital check-outs.

Top 5 Checked-Out Nonfiction Ebooks of 2023


Tibetan Peach Pie

I'm Glad My Mom Died

I Never Thought of It That Way

The Triumph of Seeds

Ebook Fiction

The innovative and ambitious characters took center stage as startling revelations and the will to survive captivated readers.

Top 5 Checked-Out Fiction Ebooks of 2023

Lessons in Chemistry

The Orchardist


Demon Copperhead

The Bird King

Print Fiction

"Lessons in Chemistry" won the day in fiction. Other literal page-turners included thrillers set locally, Shakespearean game design, and a tentacled hero.

Top 5 Checked-Out Print Fiction Titles of 2023

Lessons in Chemistry

The Bones at Point No Point

Demon Copperhead

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

Remarkably Bright Creatures

Easy Fiction for Little Kids 

Decision-making, exploration, and looking for lost objects thrilled our younger readers. 

Top 5 Checked-Out Easy Fiction Titles of 2023

What Pet Should I Get?

Nanette's Baguette

The Pigeon Has to Go to School!

I Want My Hat Back

Curious George

Juvenile Fiction

The time-traveling tree house and diary entries of a so-called "wimpy kid" were the favorites of 2023. 

Top 5 Checked-Out Juvenile Fiction Titles of 2023

Hurricane Heroes in Texas

Rodrick Rules

The Meltdown

The Last Straw

Camp Time in California

YA Fiction

Fresh perspectives on YA favorites from the 2000s may have earned the most attention, but those were followed closely by long-time favorites and new series beginnings. 

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Midnight Sun

The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again

The Summer I Turned Pretty

Shadow and Bone

From all of us at Kitsap Regional Library: Happy New Year! We look forward to discovering your new favorites in 2024. See you at the library!