The latest chapter of a magical series; a psychological thriller; a Pulitzer Prize winner; a dystopian classic; and the newest books from literary icons—these were some of the most popular reads at Queens Library in 2016.

Our customers checked out nearly 13 million items this past year, and these twenty selections were their definite favorites.*

Happy New Year from everyone at Queens Library—and we can’t wait to see what you read in 2017!

* Well, the favorite titles for our adult customers. Queens Library’s most-circulated book in 2016 was, in fact, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney—a wonderful book, but maybe not for everybody!




  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany
  2. The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
  3. The Last Mile, David Baldacci
  4. 15th Affair, James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  5. As Time Goes By, Mary Higgins Clark
  6. Bullseye, James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
  7. The Games, James Patterson and Mark Sullivan
  8. NYPD Red 4, James Patterson and Marshall Karp
  9. All The Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
  10. Magic, Danielle Steel
  11. Private Paris, James Patterson and Mark Sullivan
  12. The Apartment, Danielle Steel
  13. Property of a Noblewoman, Danielle Steel
  14. Blue, Danielle Steel
  15. Fool Me Once, Harlan Coben
  16. Sting, Sandra Brown
  17. The Obsession, Nora Roberts
  18. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
  19. The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah
  20. First Comes Love, Emily Giffin