Top Books of 2016 in Fairfax County

Graphic of 2016 books.


Drum roll please…for book lovers in our county! We have the top books for 2016 (as measured by checkouts) provided by our Fairfax County Public Library. The library’s circulation (print and electronic) topped more than 10 million this year, with almost 5 million visits to our branches.

You can also take a look at the top books from 2015 and compare (there are a few repeats).

Listen to this podcast with Peggy Bercher, adult fiction selector for the Fairfax County Public Library, about what books were popular in 2016 and what’s coming out in 2017:

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Adult Fiction

Cover of top fiction in 2016, The Girl on The Train.

  1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  2. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  3. Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham
  4. The Crossing by Michael Connelly
  5. The Guilty by David Baldacci
Adult Nonfiction

2016 Nonfiction Book The Art of Decluttering

  1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
  2. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  3. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest For Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
  4. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
  5. The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
Adult eBook
  1. The Martian by Andy Weir
  2. Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham
  3. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  4. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  5. The Guilty by David Baldacci
  1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  2. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two by J.K. Rowling
  3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  4. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  5. The Giver by Lois Lowry
Teen Series
  1. Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth
  2. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
  3. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  4. Maze Runner series by James Dashner
  5. The 5th Wave series by Rick Yancey
  1. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
  2. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
  3. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
  4. 3,2,1, Liftoff By Sonia Sander
  5. All Aboard by Sonia Sander
  6. Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems
  7. 365 Days of Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  8. The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
  9. Pinkalicious and the Perfect Present by Victoria Kann
  10. Fancy Nancy. Just My Luck! by Jane O’Connor
Children’s Series
  1. Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems
  2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney
  3. Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne
  4. Fly Guy series by Ted Arnold
  5. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling


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