Top Titles of 2016

Here are the books that circulated the most this year throughout the JMRL system:


  1. All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – A blind French girl on the run from the German occupation and a German orphan-turned-Resistance tracker struggle with respective beliefs after meeting on the Brittany coast.
  1. My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout – After an appendix operation puts her in the hospital, New York writer Lucy Barton reconnects with her estranged mother as the pair reminisce about the past.
  1. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – Reunited when the elder’s husband is sent to fight in World War II, French sisters Vianne and Isabelle find their bond as well as their respective beliefs tested by a world that changes in horrific ways.


  1. The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan – Living alone on the streets of Boston, Magnus Chase learns he is the son of a Norse god, from an uncle his mother claimed was dangerous.
  1. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey – A first entry in a new series follows the experiences of two survivors of apocalyptic disasters that have decimated life on Earth and transformed nearly everyone into crazed killers.
  1. The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan – Cast down from Olympus and transformed into a human after angering Zeus, a weak and disoriented Apollo arrives in New York City as a regular teen and is forced to survive in the modern world while endeavoring to regain Zeus’ favor.


  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne – As an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and a father, Harry Potter struggles with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs while his youngest son, Albus, finds the weight of the family legacy difficult to bear.
  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney – When his town voluntarily unplugs and goes electronics-free, Greg misses the comforts and conveniences of modern life.
  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.


  1. This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp – Minutes after the principal of Opportunity High School in Alabama finishes her speech welcoming the student body to a new semester, they discover that the auditorium doors will not open and someone starts shooting as four teens, each with a personal reason to fear the shooter, tell the tale from separate perspectives.
  1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – Obsessively watching a breakfasting couple every day to escape the pain of her losses, Rachel witnesses a shocking event that inextricably entangles her in the lives of strangers.
  1. The Whistler by John Grisham – Lacy Stoltz, an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct, takes on a case involving a corrupt judge, a Native American casino, and the mafia when a previously disbarred lawyer approaches her on behalf of a client who claims to know the truth.

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