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Bentley Library Top 10 Most Popular Books, DVDs & Audiobooks of 2021/22

It's time to reveal the 13th annual Bentley Library Top 10!

Since 2010 we've been tracking the library's most popular books, DVDs, and OverDrive downloadable e-books and audiobooks based on the number of times they have been borrowed during the academic year (excluding items placed on reserve for a class)*. These annual "Bentley Bestsellers" lists are a great way to discover new books and films to explore!

Keep scrolling to browse the Bentley Library Top 10 lists for academic year 2021-2022 in the categories of OverDrive Downloaded eBooksOverDrive Downloaded Audiobooks  Popular Reading, Stacks (regular book collection), and Popular DVDs. At the bottom of this post you'll also find links to lists from 2009-2021. Happy browsing!

Top 10 Downloaded eBooks [OverDrive]

1. (tie) CLOUD CUCKOO LAND by Anthony Doerr [check availability]

1. (tie) HOUR OF THE WITCH by Chris Bohjalian [check availability]

1. (tie) IT HAPPENED ONE SUMMER by Tessa Bailey [check availability]

1. (tie) THE MAIDENS by Alex Michaelides [check availability]

5. (tie) THE 1619 PROJECT by Nikole Hannah-Jones [check availability]

5. (tie) BEAUTIFUL WORLD, WHERE ARE YOU by Sally Rooney [check availability]

5. (tie) MUSIC IS HISTORY by Questlove [check availability]

8. (tie) A SLOW FIRE BURNING by Paula Hawkins [check availability]

8. (tie) STATE OF TERROR by Louise Penny and Hillary Rodham Clinton [check availability]

10. (tie) DUNE SAGA COLLECTION (DUNE, DUNE MESSIAH, CHILDREN OF DUNE) by Frank Herbert [check availability]

10. (tie) THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY by Amor Towles [check availability]

10. (tie) THE SENTENCE by Louise Erdrich [check availability]


Top 10 Downloaded Audiobooks [OverDrive]

1. THE PARIS APARTMENT by Lucy Foley [check availability]

2. (tie) THE BOMBER MAFIA by Malcolm Gladwell [check availability]

2. (tie) FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER by Loung Ung [check availability]

2. (tie) A SLOW FIRE BURNING by Paula Hawkins [check availability]

2. (tie) THE THERAPIST by B. A. Paris [check availability]

6. (tie) THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY by Amor Towles [check availability]

6. (tie) THE ROAD TRIP by Beth O'Leary [check availability]

6. (tie) SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER by Ashley C. Ford [check availability]

9. (tie) THE MAIDENS by Alex Michaelides [check availability]

9. (tie) THE MAN WHO DIED TWICE by Richard Osman [check availability]

9. (tie) THE STORYTELLER by Dave Grohl [check availability]

9. (tie) THIS IS YOUR MIND ON PLANTS by Michael Pollan [check availability]

9. (tie) VANDERBILT by Anderson Cooper [check availability]


Top 10 Most Circulated Books from the Popular Reading Collection

1. CLOUD CUCKOO LAND by Anthony Doerr [check availability]

2. (tie) BEAUTIFUL WORLD, WHERE ARE YOU by Sally Rooney [check availability]

2. (tie) HOW TO EAT by Mark Bittman [check availability]

2. (tie) PRINCIPLES FOR DEALING WITH THE CHANGING WORLD ORDER  by Ray Dalio [check availability]

2. (tie) THE PLOT by Jean Hanff Korelitz [check availability]

6. (tie) APPLES NEVER FALL by Liane Moriarty [check availability]

6. (tie) ENOLA HOLMES AND THE BLACK BAROUCHE by Nancy Springer [check availability]

6. (tie) JOY AT WORK by Marie Kondo [check availability]

6. (tie) MALIBU RISING by Taylor Jenkins Reid [check availability]

6. (tie) THE FOUR WINDS by Kristin Hannah [check availability]

6. (tie) THE GUEST LIST by Lucy Foley [check availability]

6. (tie) THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE by Victoria Schwab [check availability]

6. (tie) THE MADNESS OF CROWDS by Louise Penny [check availability]

6. (tie) THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB by Richard Osman [check availability]


Top 10 Most Circulated Books from the Stacks

1. (tie) CAN'T HURT ME by David Goggins [check availability]

1. (tie) ONE UP ON WALL STREET by Peter Lynch [check availability]

3. (tie) EARLY NOVELS AND STORIES by James Baldwin [check availability]

3. (tie) MEN WE REAPED by Jesmyn Ward [check availability]

3. (tie) PRINCIPLES by Ray Dalio [check availability]

3. (tie) THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel A. Van der Kolk [check availability]

3. (tie) THE LEGAL AND ETHICAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS by Gerald R. Ferrera, Mystica M. Alexander, William P. Wiggins, Cheryl Kirschner, and Jonathan J. Darrow [check availability

3. (tie) THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig [check availability]

3. (tie) THINKING, FAST AND SLOW by Daniel Kahneman [check availability]

10. LIAR'S POKER by Michael Lewis [check availability]


Top 10 Most Circulated DVDs from the Popular DVD Collection

1. THE FATHER [check availability]

2. (tie) DUNE [check availability]

2. (tie) FRENCH EXIT [check availability]

2. (tie) IN THE HEIGHTS [check availability]


6. (tie) BELFAST [check availability]

6. (tie) BLACK WIDOW [check availability]

6. (tie) ENCANTO [check availability]

6. (tie) FREE GUY [check availability]

6. (tie) HOUSE OF GUCCI [check availability]

6. (tie) MINARI [check availability]

6. (tie) NO TIME TO DIE [check availability]

View previous Bentley Library Top 10 lists:

*In prior years CD Audiobooks were included in the rankings, but usage patterns have changed and we are no longer tracking audio CDs.