King County’s Most Popular Nonfiction of 2016

Yesterday we revealed the 10 most popular fiction titles checked out by KCLS patrons last year. Today, we're taking a look at nonfiction!

Japanese decluttering expert Marie Kondo shows up twice on this year's list, with #1 The Life-changing Magic of Tidying up (also in eBook) and #5 Spark Joy (also in eBook).

For more inspiring minimalism, see our list of read-alikes for The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up.

#2 is When Breath Becomes Air (also in eBook), Paul Kalanithi's moving memoir about his diagnosis with Stage 4 cancer at age 36. Another meditative book written by a physician, Being Mortal (also in eBook) shows up at #6.

#3: Between the World and Mewritten by MacArthur Genius, journalist, and comic book author Ta-Nehisi Coates, is a letter from the author to his son about growing up black in America.

For more about the Black experience, see our #BlackLivesMatter booklist.

#4: Local author Daniel James Brown's 2013 powerhouse The Boys in the Boat (also in eBook) is still going strong with King County readers!

Find more engaging historical nonfiction on our Boys in the Boat read-alikes list.

#7: Quiet (also in eBook) was published in 2012, but gained traction among readers this year.

For more about introverts and personality types, try The Introvert's Way, The Tell, and The Irresistible Introvert.

#8 is another early 20th century history title: Dead Wake from the ever-popular Erik Larson.

For more like Larson's latest, check out our Dead Wake read-alikes list.

#9: Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, offers advice for living a creative life in Big Magic (also in eBook).

Try these other titles to further inspire your creativity: 99 Keys to a Creative Life, A Curious Mind, and The Creative Habit.

And finally, coming in at #10 is a favorite self-help title, The Power of Habit (also in eBook). It's nearly five years old, but this science-based title remains a favorite for readers looking to break old habits and develop new ones.

For more on making the most of your habits, try Better Than Before, Rewire, and Making Habits, Breaking Habits.

Did you read any of our most popular nonfiction titles in 2016? What are you looking forward to in 2017?