Tried and True: HCPL's 2017 Top Ten Lists

top ten 2017 graphicJust when you think the world has become a little too predictable, the sky dumps Lake Michigan on you in the span of about 18 hours. That's when you decide that maybe that rut you were stuck in was kind of cozy and comforting in a way. 

This year's top ten most circulated novels at Harris County Public Library reflect that very human need for stabiliity. The list is chock full of familiar names like Grisham, Evanovich, Sparks and Baldacci (twice). These are writers who have consistently produced high quality work--not particularly groundbreaking perhaps, but entertaining and immanently readable. 

There are one or two surprises sprinkled in because humans are, in the end, predictably unpredictable.

Ten Most Checked-out Adult Fiction Titles 2017

  1. 1. The Whistler / John Grisham
  2. 2. No Man's Land / David Baldacci
  3. 3. Night School / Lee Child
  4. 4. The Fix / David Baldacci
  5. 5. The Wrong Side of Goodbye / Michael Connelly
  6. 6. Never Never / James Patterson
  7. 7. Two by Two / Nicholas Sparks
  8. 8. A Man Called Ove / Fredrik Backman
  9. 9. Into the Water / Paula Hawkins
  10. 10. Turbo Twenty-Three / Janet Evanovich

Ten Most Checked-out Adult Nonfiction Titles 2017

  1. 1. Hillbilly Elegy / J.D. Vance
  2. 2. Norse Mythology / Neil Gaiman
    3. The Magnolia Story / Chip Gaines
    4. When Breath Becomes Air / Paul Kalanithi
    5. Tokyo Ghoul / Sui Ishida
  3. 6. The Train to Crystal City / Jan Jarboe Russell
  4. 7. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up / Marie Kondo
    8. The Whole30 / Melissa Hartwig
    9. Hidden Figures / Margot Lee Shetterly
    10. Killing the Rising Sun / Bill O'Reilly

Ten Most Checked-out Children's Fiction Titles 2017

  1. 1. Diary of a Minecraft Zombie / Zack Zombie
  2. 2. Fancy Nancy / Jane O'Connor
  3. 3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul / Jeff Kinney
  4. 4. The Girl Who Drank the Moon / Kelly Regan Barnhill
  5. 5. Lola Levine, Drama Queen / Monica Brown
  6. 6. Meet Tracker! / Geof Smith
  7. 7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School / Jeff Kinney
  8. 8. Quest for the Heart / Susan Amerikaner
  9. 9. Big Nate: In the Zone / Lincoln Peirce
  10. 10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel / Jeff Kinney

Ten Most Checked-out Young Adult Fiction Titles 2017

  1. 1. Dork Diaries / Rachel Renée Russell
  2. 2. The Hammer of Thor / Rick Riordan
  3. 3. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child / Jack Thorne
  4. 4. The Hidden Oracle / Rick Riordan
  5. 5. The Sword of Summer / Rick Riordan
  6. 6. The Blood of Olympus / Rick Riordan
  7. 7. The Crown / Kiera Cass
  8. 8. The House of Hades / Rick Riordan
  9. 9. The Mark of Athena / Rick Riordan
  10. 10. Carve the Mark / Veronica Roth

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I would like to add "ho-hum"

I would like to add "ho-hum" to the adult fiction choices. Anything that Patterson, Baldacci, Grisham, or Sparks writes automatically zooms to the top of any "best" list. Good example: "The Girl on the Train" was good, "Into the Water" unreadable.

Thanks for your comment, I

Thanks for your comment, I know many people who agree with your assessment, but it is evident that hundreds of thousands of readers disagree. Book-shaming seems counterproductive to me.

The Train to Chrystal City

The Train to Chrystal City TYPO. It should read The Train to CRYSTAL City. Thanks for the correction. Very happy to see the 2016 Gulf Coast Reads title is still quite popular among library customers.

Thanks for your always keen

Thanks for your always keen eye, Elaine!

In a list full of wimpy kids

In a list full of wimpy kids and minecraft zombies (sigh), I'm loving that a book like The Girl Who Drank the Moon can hold its own. It was amazing, and I'm so glad that it's getting into lots of kids' hands. It's certainly better than all the Riordan in the YA list.

In a perfect world, perhaps

In a perfect world, perhaps (and only perhaps), everyone would read (and, more importantly, love reading) artfully-written, critical thought demanding, award winning books like The Girl Who Drank the Moon all the time. But the fact is, we don't live in that world (yet). It's my contention that even fluffy, somewhat disposable reads like the Wimpy Kid series can be the spark that ignites a love of reading that leads to a lifetime of reading widely and deeply. I know this to be true because it is the way my life of reading has unfolded.

Why not read and let read?

Thanks for your comment. I hope it sparks more conversation. 


I love that When Breath

I love that When Breath Becomes Air is on this list! I loved that book -simply phenomenal! The story it tells is full of so much wisdom and depth and emotion and beauty and authenticity. A truly meaningful book! It was very generous of the author to write the book and share the amazing story she and her husband lived. And, The Life-Changing Art of Tidying Up was also a book I loved in 2017! It was a breath of fresh-air to invigorate me in my quest for clutter-free living! I'm not there yet, but that book certainly has helped me conquer some of the cluttered, problematic areas in my home. Thanks for the Top 10 lists! I love to browse through them for ideas on what to read next!

Yes! Those are both

Yes! Those are both compelling reads. Like these most circulated lists, I find the New York Times nonfiction best seller list fascinating. It's like a constantly updated portrait of the nation's psyche.