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NYPL's Most Popular Checkouts of 2016

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Over 25 million items are circulated through our network of libraries each year, and among those items there are both expected front-runners and a few interesting surprises every year. For your perusal, we've compiled lists of the top books checked out systemwide and in The Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island in 2016. These lists include books borrowed from our 92 locations in the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island, as well as from our growing e-book catalog (which currently offers nearly 320,000 books). 

Bestseller The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins took the top spot in 2016,  followed by the award-winning Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. You can also check out this interactive map to see which title was number one at each of our branches:

Below, find our Top 10 lists. Already read the top picks and looking for more? This year, we've also provided a few read-alikes for you for every top check out, courtesy of our Readers Services team, so you can keep on reading.

Top 10 Books Systemwide

1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

More psychological suspense:

2. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

More thoughtful books on society and culture:

3. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

More reflective books on life, sickness, and loss:

4. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

More Southern gothic:

5. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

More self-deprecating humor:

6. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg

More books about dating:

7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

More good books you may have missed in high school:

8. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

More complex characters coming of age and coming to terms with their family:

9. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

More stylistic, character-driven novels set in WWII:

10. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

More more books starring women and set during WWII:

 

Top 10 Books in the Bronx

1. NYPD Red 4 by James Patterson

More gritty mysteries:

2. TASC: Test Assessing Secondary Completion: Strategies, Practice, & Review

A good book as a reward!

3. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

More Southern gothic:

4. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

More psychological suspense:

5. Private Paris by James Patterson

More suspense set in Paris:

6. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

More thoughtful books on society and culture:

7. Killer Dolls by Nisa Santiago

More “street life,” drug dealers, secrets, and betrayals:

8. Undercover by Danielle Steel

More romantic suspense:

9. Precious Gifts by Danielle Steel

More family secrets uncovered upon inheritance:

10. Vengeance: A Novel by Zane

More revenge and erotica:

 

Top 10 Books in Manhattan

1. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

More thoughtful books on society and culture:

2. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

More psychological suspense:

3. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

More Southern gothic:

4. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

More reflective books on life, sickness, and loss:

5. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg

More books about dating:

6. The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

More books about simplifying one’s home and life:

7. M Train by Patti Smith

More beautifully written thoughtful memoirs:

8. NYPD Red 4 by James Patterson

More gritty mysteries:

9. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

More reflections on life, sickness, and loss:

10. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

More memorable women in novels with strong sense of place:

 

Top 10 Books on Staten Island

1. NYPD Red 4 by James Patterson

More gritty mysteries:

2. Private Paris by James Patterson

More suspense set in Paris:

3. Undercover by Danielle Steel

More romantic suspense:

4. Precious Gifts by Danielle Steel

More family secrets uncovered upon inheritance:

5. A Girl's Guide to Moving On by Debbie Macomber

More upbeat romance:

6. The Last Mile by David Baldacci

More intricately plotted suspense:

7. Murder House by James Patterson and David Ellis

More creepy houses:

8. The Obsession by Nora Roberts

More suspense / romance blends:

9. What We Find by Robyn Carr

More sweet stories about fathers and daughters:

10. Bullseye by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

More suspense thrillers with international intrigue:

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Does this include children's and YA titles?

Does this list factor in Children's and YA titles, or is this just the top adult books in the city?

CHRONICLES vol 1

Every literate, musical, thoughtful reader will be fascinated by the early Bob Dylan, scrounging on the streets of long ago Greeneich Village, finding his voice and enduring the celebrity thrust upon him in the tumultuous 60s. Winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, enigmatic, soulful writer of protest-and-poetry-as-song . . . DONT MISS THIS ONE!!!

Girl on the Train

I simply cannot understand the success of The Girl on the Train. It was such a horrible book.

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