King County’s Most Popular Fiction of 2016

Ever wonder what your neighbors are reading? There's a good chance that it was one of these books in 2016! Here are our most-checked out books of the year, based on combined eBook and print checkouts.

#1: The Girl on the Train (also in eBook) just won't quit!

For more twisty thrillers starring complex women, try The Other Woman's House, The Silent Wife, or Pretty Baby.

#2: All the Light We Cannot See (also in eBook), published in 2014, is another (slightly) older title that's still hugely popular at KCLS.

For more lyrical WWII fiction, try Everyone Brave is Forgiven, A Country Road, A Treeor Night Soldiers.

#3: The Nightingale (also in eBook), by Bainbridge author Kristin Hannah, is another beautiful WWII novel, and another repeat from last year's list.

For more reads featuring women in WWII, check out Lilac Girls, Code Name Verity, or Suite Française.

#4: Another 2014 title, The Martian (also in eBook) got a 2016 bump from the October 2015 movie release.

For more fast-paced, engaging sci-fi, we recommend Rescue Mode, Oryx and Crake, and The Lives of Tao.

#5: Rogue Lawyer (also in eBook). John Grisham is a perennial favorite, so it's no surprise to see him in our Top 10.

For more legal thrillers featuring underdog lawyers, try Presumed InnocentThe Lincoln Lawyer, or Gone Again.

#6: The Crossing (also in eBook) is from another favorite, Michael Connelly, and features two of his beloved characters: former LAPD Officer Harry Bosch and Defense Attorney Mickie Haller (who stars in The Lincoln Lawyer, recommended above).

For more like Connelly, try books by Ian Rankin, George Pelacanos, or Denise Mina.

#7/9: David Baldacci is the only author to show up in this year's Top 10 twice, with The Guilty (#7, also in eBook) and The Last Mile (#9, also in eBook). The Guilty stars CIA assassin Will Robie, while The Last Mile features football-player-turned PI Amos Decker. Both novels share Baldacci's trademark action-packed plots.

For more thrilling action, try novels by James Grippando, Brad Thor, or Brian Haig.

#8 is the latest in Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, Tricky Twenty-two (also in eBook).

For more mad-cap mystery, try:

#10: Rounding out the Top 10 is Murder in Time (also in eBook). This time-travel murder mystery from a debut author is a little bit of a surprise- until you learn that it was featured in last summer's Big Library Read. Over 2,700 people checked out the book in that two-week time span alone!

For more stories that combine feisty female sleuths with historic and/or paranormal elements, try Death Comes to Pemberley, The Reluctant Assassin, or The Map of Time.

Did you read any (or all?) of our most popular books this year?