A Portrait of Harris County in 50 Books: HCPL's Most Checked Out Books of 2016

Here are 2016's most checked out books at Harris County Public Library. Taken together, they paint a pretty good likeness of Harris County. That is to say, if all of you were squeezed into one body, you could do worse than using it as your online dating profile. Here is what the lists say about you: you like a little mystery in your life and are a bit of thrill-seeker; you like to eat, but you're watching your weight; your house, well, frankly, your house could use a little tidying up. Your kids are fond of stories with talking animals, dorks and wimps and they really, really, really like Mo Willems.

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Top Ten Most Checked Out Fiction in 2016

1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, 2015
2. Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham,   2015
3. All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr, 2014
4. The Guilty by David Baldacci, 2015
5. Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich, 2015
6. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, 2015
7. The Crossing by Michael Connelly, 2015
8. Make Me by Lee Child, 2015
9. X by Sue Grafton, 2015
10. Memory Man by David Baldacci, 2015

Top Ten Most Checked Out Non-Fiction in 2016
1. The Train to Crystal City: FDR's Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America's Only Family Internment Camp During World War II by Jan Jarboe Russell, 2016
2. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō, 2014
3. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, 2016
4. Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kondō, 2016
5. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson, 2015
6. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Comfort Classics, Freezer Food, 16-Minute Meals, and Other Delicious Ways to Solve Supper by Ree Drummond, 2015
7. How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease by Michael Greger, 2015
8. Eat Fat, Get Thin: Why the Fat We Eat Is the Key to Sustained Weight Loss and Vibrant Health by Mark Hyman, 2016
9. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling, 2015
10. The Wright Brothers by David G. McCullough, 2015

Top Ten Favorite Children’s Series in 2016
1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
2. The Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne
3. Fancy Nancy by Jane O'Connor
4. The Berenstain Bears by The Berenstains
5. Biscuit by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
6. Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann
7. Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
8. Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
9. Pete the Cat by James Dean
10. Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

Top Ten Most Checked Out Children’s Titles in 2016
1. A Big Guy Took My Ball by Mo Willems, 2013      
2. Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson, 2015
3. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, 2013
4. I Really Like Slop! by Mo Willems, 2015
5. The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems, 2014      
6. Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate, 2015      
7. The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett, 2015      
8. There Is a Bird on Your Head   Willems, Mo       2007      
9. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, 2012      
10. Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Mo Willems, 2012

Top Ten Most Checked out YA Titles in 2016
1. Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto
2. Dork Diaries by Rachel Renée Russell
3. One Piece by Eiichirō Oda
4. Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima
5. Dragon Ball by Akira Toriyama
6. Bleach by Tite Kubo
7. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi
8. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
9. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
10. The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan    


Very pleased to see that the

Very pleased to see that the highest circulating adult nonfiction title was the 2016 Gulf Coast Reads title, THE TRAIN TO CRYSTAL CITY by San Antonio author, Jan Jarboe Russell. We look forward to what the GCR title will be for October, 2017!

Yes! Gulf Coast Reads was a

Yes! Gulf Coast Reads was a resounding success with the first nonfiction selection. I believe GCR librarians are already n the process of reading possible selections for October 2017.