Back in the day, if you had a voracious appetite for reading books, your only option would have been to either max out your credit card and bookshelf space, or to take frequent trips to the local library. These days, obtaining ebooks are cheaper and more convenient than ever. However, if you do still have a fondness for physical books and a love for frequenting the library, you might struggle to find the following five books available. This is because they have been listed amongst the most popular fiction books of 2016 by public libraries in the USA. So, if you have missed out on any of these and always find an empty spot on the library shelf where they should have been when you go there your only option might be to grab a digital copy instead.
All The Lights We Cannot See by American author, Anthony Doer, was published in 2014 already, but was still a big hit with library patrons during 2016. It is easy to understand why as it not only became a New York Times bestseller, but also won the 2015 Pulitzer prize for fiction and the Carnegie medal for fiction amongst others. The novel tells the tale of Marie-Laure, a blind French girl, and the orphaned German boy with whom she crosses paths during World War II.
It is no surprise that The Girl on The Train, a suspenseful thriller by author Paulo Hawkins, experienced such popularity in 2016. This novel, which features an enthralling story with an unreliable narrator, was already a bestseller when it was first released. However, 2016 saw the release of a major film adaptation starring Emily Blunt, which caused a resurgence of interest in the book. Some people wanted to read the book before watching the film, while others watched the film and wanted to see if there were parts of the book it didn’t cover. Regardless of their reasons, The Girl on The Train was one of the most frequently borrowed library books of 2016.
Numerous public libraries included Tricky Twenty-two, one of the Stephanie Plum novels by author Janet Evanovich, on their list of most borrowed books for 2016. Although it is already the 22nd book in the series, Evanovich continues to find ways to pack the book with action, humour and excitement. This time her heroine, who is a bounty hunter, has her work cut out for her when a search for a college student leader turns into a murder investigation. Fans of the Stephanie Plum novels will know exactly what to expect, which is why this book remained popular throughout 2016.
Another sequel that didn’t gather any dust on library shelves during 2016 is The Last Mile by David Baldacci. The novel is the second in the Amos Decker series and sees the return of the titular private investigator who is now working as a special agent with the FBI. This time Decker has to investigate the case of a man who is arrested for murdering his own parents, but is saved from execution by someone else confessing. However, certain facts are not adding up, which leads Decker to uncover a whole new can of worms. Since The Last Mile is a new entry in a popular series by a bestselling author, it is no surprise it saw a lot of demand during 2016.
It would seem that the second World War was a popular backdrop for novels borrowed from libraries in 2016. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah uses the wartime setting of France for this tale about two sisters who face the perils of living in a Nazi occupied country. What made this historical fiction novel even more compelling to readers is that it was inspired by the true story of a Belgian woman who performed similar acts of bravery during the war as one of the sisters in the book. With TriStar Pictures optioning a screen adaptation of The Nightingale, it might continue to fly off library shelves this year too.