Ah, 2016. The year of thrilling suspense, action, sci-fi fantasy, laughs, and household organization! Here’s what Douglas County residents read and watched the most last year.
The top adult fiction titles were All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr, and The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins. Rounding out the top-five most popular checkouts were C.J. Box’s Off the Grid; The Last Mile, by David Baldacci; and John Grisham’s Rogue Lawyer.
Adult Fiction Audiobooks
Turns out, many of you listened to the same books others read. All the Light We Cannot See, The Girl on the Train, and Rogue Lawyer topped this category. The Martian, by Andy Weir, and Janet Evanovich’s Tricky Twenty-Two were neck and neck in the fourth and fifth spots.
The top-circulating DVD for the year was The Martian (Matt Damon, anyone?), followed very closely by Bridge of Spies and The Big Short. The two children’s movies Minions and Hotel Transylvania 2 came in a close fourth and fifth.
Care to venture a guess as to the most popular juvenile fiction title? Did the graphic give it away? Yes, J.K. Rowling was at it again with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, with Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. The Wimpy Kids series by Jeff Kinney was also hugely popular, particularly Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone made a magical resurgence as the fourth most-popular juvenile title, followed by Roald Dahl’s The BFG.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone struck again! It was the most checked out title in Young Adult fiction. But YA titles with movie tie-ins were also a hit: The 5th Wave, by Richard Yancey; The Maze Runner, by James Dashner; and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs. Finishing fifth was The Crown by Kiera Cass.
Topping the adult nonfiction checkouts were Marie Kondo’s bestsellers The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy. There are now more than 800 people in Douglas County with obsessively organized sock drawers! DCL made that happen.
The other top adult nonfiction reads included A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy, by Sue Klebold; The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, by Daniel Brown; and Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience With Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate, by Gary J. Byrne.
Real life is interesting, and these were the biographies many of you were interested in: When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi; Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, by Leah Remini; Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance; The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, by Amy Schumer; and The Sound of Gravel, by Ruth Wariner.
Finally, the top spot for picture books was held by none other than Fancy Nancy: Saturday Night Sleepover, by Jane O’Connor. The other most popular titles included Mo Willems’ The Pigeon Needs a Bath!; Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses by James Dean; I Really Like Slop! (Mo Willems again!); and Fancy Nancy and the Wedding of the Century for good measure.
Happy reading in 2017, and happy New Year!