Top Books of 2015 in Fairfax County

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As a community, we love our books. And 2015 was no different as Fairfax County Public Library circulation (print and electronic) topped more than 6 million.

So what were the top books in Fairfax County last year?


Adult Fiction

  1. Gray Mountain by John Grisham
  2. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  3. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  4. The Escape by David Baldacci
  5. The Burning Room by Michael Connelly


Adult Nonfiction

  1. The Boys in the Boat : Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest For Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
  2. Dead Wake : The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
  3. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up : The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
  4. Being Mortal : Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
  5. Yes Please by Amy Poehler


Adult eBook

  1. The Martian by Andy Weir
  2. Eyes on You by Kate White
  3. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  4. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  5. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee



  1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  3. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  4. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  5. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart


Teen Series

  1. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
  2. Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth
  3. Maze Runner series by James Dashner
  4. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  5. Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan



  1. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
  2. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
  3. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
  4. The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan
  5. Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
  6. Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems
  7. Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss
  8. Big Nate in the Zone by Lincoln Peirce
  9. The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! by Mo Willems
  10. Wonder by R.J. Palacio


Children Series

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney
  2. Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne
  3. Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems
  4. Fly Guy series by Ted Arnold
  5. Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan


More About Books

On a recent “County Conversation” podcast, Elizabeth Rhodes from Fairfax County Library discussed the top books of 2015, books for New Year’s resolutions, top picks for 2016, book recommendations for book clubs and more. Listen:

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