NOBLE Top 25

“Girls,” one observing and getting involved in a shocking event and another missing, top the list of the most popular items in the collections of NOBLE libraries over the past five years.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins was the most popular title, being borrowed and accessed almost 12,300 times. Close behind at number two was Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn at just under 11,700 loans and downloads since 2012. Both are suspenseful contemporary novels dealing with relationships possibly gone seriously wrong, one from the viewpoint of an observer, the other the story of a spouse attempting to prove his innocence in a disappearance.

Coming in third is the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, set in occupied France in World War II, a tale of morality and survival focusing on a German boy and a blind French girl.

The most popular title for younger readers, coming in at number six overall, is Wonder by R.J. Palacio, about a ten year-old with facial abnormalities attempting to cope with middle school after being home-schooled in his early years. Also popular with younger library users at number ten overall is Divergent by Veronica Roth, the first in a series of young adult dystopian novels set in post-apocalyptic Chicago.

Most popular among nonfiction titles was Daniel Brown’s The Boys in the Boat at number 17 overall, the story of a working class American rowing team and their success in beating more elite American and British rowing teams and going on to defeat Germany in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Coming in second among nonfiction books at number 21 overall is I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai.

Perennial favorites the Hunger Games series placed two titles in the top 25, at 16 and 22 as did the Harry Potter series, at numbers 18 and 23.

The totals combine uses of all formats of the title — print, downloadable ebooks and audiobooks, CDs and DVDs — in the 28 member libraries of NOBLE. All the titles and many more are available at your local library.

TitleAuthor
The girl on the trainPaula Hawkins
Gone girlGillian Flynn
All the light we cannot seeAnthony Doerr
Me before youJojo Moyes
The light between the oceansM. L. Stedman
WonderR. J. Palacio
Defending JacobWilliam Landay
The nightingaleKristin Hannah
The book thiefMarkus Zusak
DivergentVeronica Roth
Fifty shades of greyE. L. James
The husband's secretLiane Moriarty
Orphan trainChristina Baker Kline
The Boston girlAnita Diamant
Big little liesLiane Moriarty
Catching fireSuzanne Collins
The boys in the boatDaniel James Brown
Harry Potter and the sorcerers stoneJ. K. Rowling
The invention of wingsSue Monk Kidd
The goldfinchDonna Tartt
I am MalalaMalala Yousafzai
MockingjaySuzanne Collins
Harry Potter and the chamber of secretsJ. K. Rowling
The lightning thiefRick Riordan
The martianAndy Weir