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DC Public Library Releases List of “What Washingtonians Read in 2016” – What was your favorite read this year?

by Prince Of Petworth December 22, 2016 at 12:30 pm 14 Comments

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From DCPL:

“This year, more than 3 million items have been borrowed or downloaded from the DC Public Library. These are the most popular titles by type and format.

FICTION

Book

  1. The Girl on the Train; Paula Hawkins
  2. All the Light We Cannot See; Anthony Doerr
  3. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao; Junot Díaz
  4. Americanah; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  5. Fates and Furies: A Novel; Lauren Groff
  6. All Aunt Hagar’s Children; Edward P. Jones
  7. The Sympathizer: A Novel; Viet Thanh Nguyen
  8. Go Set a Watchman: A Novel; Harper Lee
  9. The Nest; Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  10. Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice; Curtis Sittenfeld

Audiobook

  1. The Girl on the Train; Paula Hawkins
  2. All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel; Anthony Doerr
  3. My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Series, Book 1; Elena Ferrante and Ann Goldstein
  4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Harry Potter Series, Book 1; J. K. Rowling
  5. Fates and Furies: A Novel (unabridged), Lauren Groff
  6. Go Set a Watchman (unabridged); Harper Lee
  7. The Goldfinch; Donna Tartt
  8. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Harry Potter Series, Book 2; J. K. Rowling
  9. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Harry Potter Series, Book 3; J. K. Rowling
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird; Harper Lee

eBook

  1. Fates and Furies: A Novel; Lauren Groff
  2. The Goldfinch: A Novel; Donna Tartt
  3. The Martian: A Novel; Andy Weir
  4. All the Light We Cannot See; Anthony Doerr
  5. Americanah; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  6. The Girl on the Train: A Novel; Paula Hawkins
  7. Station Eleven: A Novel; Emily St. John Mandel
  8. A Little Life: A Novel; Hanya Yanagihara
  9. My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Series, Book 1; Elena Ferrante
  10. The Nightingale; Kristin Hannah

NONFICTION

Book

  1. Between the World and Me; Ta-Nehisi Coates
  2. Modern Romance; Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg
  3. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing; Marie Kondo
  4. When Breath Becomes Air; Paul Kalanithi and Abraham Verghese
  5. Why Not Me?; Mindy Kaling
  6. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics; Daniel James Brown
  7. GED Connection Language Arts: Writing & Reading; Lisa Moore and The Kentucky Network
  8. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End; Atul Gawande
  9. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business; Charles Duhigg
  10. Thinking, Fast and Slow; Daniel Kahneman

Audiobook

  1. Modern Romance; Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg
  2. Between the World and Me; Ta-Nehisi Coates
  3. Why Not Me?; Mindy Kaling
  4. Yes Please; Amy Poehler
  5. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing; Marie Kondo
  6. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (unabridged); Brené Brown
  7. Bossypants; Tina Fey
  8. Alexander Hamilton; Ron Chernow
  9. H Is for Hawk; Helen Macdonald
  10. Hamilton: The Revolution; Lin-Manuel Miranda

eBook

  1. Between the World and Me; Ta-Nehisi Coates
  2. Why Not Me?; Mindy Kaling
  3. Modern Romance, Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg
  4. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing; Marie Kondo
  5. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania; Erik Larson
  6. Alexander Hamilton;  Ron Chernow
  7. Yes Please; Amy Poehler
  8. When Breath Becomes Air; Paul Kalanithi
  9. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear;  Elizabeth Gilbert
  10. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking; Susan Cain

MAGAZINES AND MUSIC

Electronic Magazines

  1. The New Yorker
  2. The Economist
  3. Newsweek
  4. The Atlantic
  5. OK! Magazine
  6. National Geographic Interactive
  7. Star Magazine
  8. Dwell
  9. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
  10. Bon Appetit

 

Digital Music Downloads

  1. Adele
  2. Sia
  3. Pink Floyd
  4. David Bowie
  5. Michael Jackson
  6. Meghan Trainor
  7. Bruce Springsteen
  8. Leonard Cohen
  9. Bob Dylan
  10. A Tribe Called Quest”

  • Khris

    Adele? Sia??? Oh boy, Washington, you like good books, but we need to work on your musical taste :-D

  • Pleasanter

    Love all Anthony Doerr! “About Grace” was phenomenal, arguably better than “All the Light We Cannot See.”

  • anon&confused

    Read “Americanah” “Station Eleven” and “All the Light We Cannot See” in 2015 and thought they were fantastic. Fave reads from this year include “Native Guard” by Natasha Threthewey, “Kate Vaiden” by Reynolds Price, “The Moor’s Account” by Laila Lalami, and “Shards of Honor” by Lois Bujold. So many great reads to choose from, though!

  • Emmaleigh504

    I’m currently reading Tana French’s last two books, THE SECRET PLACE and THE TRESPASSER. She’s one of my favorite authors.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Favorite reads of 2016 –
    Fiction: Tana French, The Trespasser, and Louise Erdrich, LaRose
    Nonfiction: Geoffrey Wolff, Duke of Deception, and Drew Faust, This Republic of Suffering (both of which have been out several years)

  • bruno

    Hmm… ‘Excellent Cadavers, ‘ about the Sicilian Mafia trials in the 1990s, by a British journalist whose name escapes me. I was pleased to see it on some author’s pick list in the NY Times! The most griuiping book I have ever read. I also enjoyed Orhan Pamuk’s memoir ‘Istanbul.’ I am a big fan of Richard Ford’s sportswriter series, and I don’t like sports. His writing is excellent. Captures the American argot so well.

    • bruno

      I horripilate at my error! The author of Excellent Cadavers is an American (not a Brit), Alexander Stille. Great book! Truth is stranger than fiction once again.

  • anon

    Dark Money by Jane Mayer. . . a sad, horrific and terrifyingly true story

    • Cleveland Park runner

      If by “true” you mean “loose grip on facts,” then sure.

  • anonymouse_dianne

    I hate these lists. These aren’t “favorites” they are books most often checked out of the library. So, many are for school assignments and I see studying for the GED.

    • Anonymous

      To be clear though, PoP was the one who used the word “favorite” and he wasn’t so much referring to the books on the list as he was to what we have read.

  • wpk_dc

    Very interesting. I’m a huge DCPL user and almost always have at least one fiction book checked out. But I clearly have very different reading tastes than these. Oh well, guess that means my books are more apt to be available when I want them.

  • HH

    This seems an appropriate post for me to try and thank the Petworth library user who requests every sci-fi/fantasy book I ever want to read, even the less publicized ones. I’m always surprised the library even has them, and every time I request them they come from Petworth so thank you fellow reader :)

    • textdoc

      For anyone else who was wondering how to request that the library add an item to its collection:
      .
      From https://catalog.dclibrary.org/client/en_US/dcpl/requests? , click on “Send a Request.” (I think you have to be logged into your library account to make a request.)

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