These were the most borrowed books from the Boston Public Library in 2016

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The Boston Public Library has released its list of the top 10 most frequently borrowed books in 2016, and the two titles that led the list in 2015 are once again the most popular.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the Light We Cannot See flipped with thriller The Girl on the Train into the No. 1 spot from its position as runner-up last year. Local author Jeff Kinney, who lives in Plainville, also made the list again with one of his Diary of a Wimpy Kid books nabbing third place; last year, the eighth Wimpy Kid book was the seventh most borrowed book in the city.


New titles on this year’s list include Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman and Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me.

The top 10 most borrowed titles of 2016

  1. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  2. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney
  4. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
  5. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  6. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
  7. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  8. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  9. The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
  10. Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

See the library’s list, and place holds on the most borrowed titles, here.

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