Books in series, thrillers among most popular library titles of 2015

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The New Hanover County Main Library on Chestnut Street in downtown Wilmington.
The New Hanover County Main Library on Chestnut Street in downtown Wilmington.

As part of our look back at 2015 in the Cape Fear Region, we asked the New Hanover County Library about their most popular titles among patrons this year.

Books that are parts of series were popular, particularly in the children’s and young adults categories. Classics by Dr. Seuss, Lois Lowry and Suzanne Collins were also among the top books in those genres. “The Girl on the Train,” a psychological thriller by British author Paula Hawkins that was a New York Times bestseller for several weeks this year and is already being made into a film, topped the fiction and e-book categories. Veteran novelists David Baldacci and John Grisham both had multiple titles on the fiction and e-books lists, respectively.

Listed below in different categories are the most popular books from the New Hanover County Library in 2015.

Top Children’s Books

  1. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” by Jeff Kinney
  2. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling
  3. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck” by Jeff Kinney
  4. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” by Jeff Kinney
  5. “Diary of  Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth” by Jeff Kinney
  6. “The Lemonade War” by Jacqueline Davies
  7. “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss
  8. “I Survived the Destruction of Pompeii, A.D. 79” by Lauren Tarshis
  9. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel” by Jeff Kinney
  10. “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss

Top Young Adult Titles

  1. “The Maze Runner” by James Dashner
  2. “Divergent” by Veronica Roth
  3. “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green
  4. “Insurgent” by Veronica Roth
  5. “Allegiant” by Veronica Roth
  6. “The Giver” by Lois Lowry
  7. “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins
  8. “Paper Towns” by John Green
  9. “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee
  10. “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins

Top Adult Fiction Titles

  1. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins
  2. “Gray Mountain” by John Grisham
  3. “Memory Man” by David Baldacci
  4. “The Escape” by David Baldacci
  5. “A Spool of Blue Thread” by Anne Tyler
  6. “Radiant Angel” by Nelson DeMille
  7. “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah
  8. “The Stranger” by Harlan Coben
  9. “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr
  10. “Gathering Prey” by John Sandford

Top Adult Non-fiction Titles

  1. “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania” – Erik Larson
  2. “Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General” by Bill O’Reilly
  3. “Make it Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook” by Ina Garten
  4. “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History” by Chris Kyle
  5. “The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics” by Daniel Brown
  6. “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” by Atul Gawande
  7. “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo
  8. “Yes Please” by Amy Poehler
  9. “Money: Master the Game – 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom” by Tony Robbins
  10. “The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House” by Kate Andersen Brower

Top E-book Downloads

  1. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins
  2. “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn
  3. “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr
  4. “Gray Mountain” by John Grisham
  5. “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt
  6. “Sycamore Row” by John Grisham
  7. “The Racketeer” by John Grisham
  8. “Dark Places” by Gillian Flynn
  9. “Leaving Time” by Jodi Picoult
  10. “Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard” by Laura Bates

Top Audio Books

  1. “The Whole Truth” by David Baldacci
  2. “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr
  3. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins
  4. “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn
  5. “The Burning Room” by Michael Connelly
  6. “Deadline” by John Sandford
  7. “Gray Mountain” by John Grisham
  8. “The Drop” by Michael Connelly
  9. “Unlucky 13” by James Patterson
  10. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” by J.K. Rowling