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2016: A Great Year for Reading


The titles below represent some of the top circulated books in 2016, our staff’s favorites for 2016 and recommendations for the beginning of 2017.  Winter is a great time to catch up on your reading. Visit us in person or download an eBook online. Get on the list for newly published titles by placing a hold online, by phone or in person. Click on the links to go to the catalog.

Some of the most circulated items in 2016 include:


Blue by Danielle Steel

Private Paris by James Patterson

The Last Mile by David Baldacci

The Nest by Cynthia Sweeney

The Widow by Fiona Barton


Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Fodor's Caribbean and Fodor’s Walt Disney World

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

The Rainbow Comes and Goes:  A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss by Anderson Cooper

The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain by Bill Bryson


A Woodland Wedding by Rebecca Elliott

Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-a-Lot by Dav Pilkey

Fancy Nancy: Saturday Night Sleepover by Jane O'Connor

Miss Brown is Upside Down by Dan Gutman

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Prince Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold

Sleeping Cinderella and Other Princess Mix-Ups by Stephanie Clarkson

The BFG by Roald Dahl

The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt



Good Housekeeping


Real Simple


The Economist

PRPL staff picks 2016:

Reader Services favorites

The Trespasser by Tana French (Laura Scott)

The Unseen World by Liz Moore (Rachel Depcik)

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (Teen) (Claire Griebler)

News of the World by Paulette Jiles  (Sarah Vessalo)

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (Teen) (Zena Yeatman)

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue (Valerie Rominski)

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (Teen) (Meg Golembiewski)


Empire of Storms by Sarah Maas (Jazmin Bravo)

All the Missing Girls  by Megan Miranda (Trish Chester)

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Rosanne Cirignani)

The Island House by Nancy Thayer (Laura Muresan)


Kitchens of the Great Midwest by Ryan Stradal (Lauren Bochat)

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cõrdova (Brandee Crisp)

Doctor Strange by Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo (Amber Ensign)

Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware (Gretchen Kottkamp)

Children's Services 

Panda Pants by Jacqueline Davies (Mary Mason and Wendy Krug)

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo (Alyssa Barrett)

Pax by Sara Pennypacker (Staci Greenwald)

Ghost by Jason Reynolds (Jennifer Lee)

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty (Lisa Winchell)

School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex (Leah Raven)

Books we’re looking forward to in 2017:

The Dry by Jane Harper (Laura Scott)

The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney (Rachel Depcik)

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (Teen) (Claire Griebler)

Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson (Sarah Vessalo)

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (Meg Golembiewski)

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