Quartz has an infographic, charts and more to tell us what the most checked out books – by city – were in 2016. They surveyed 14 metropolitan libraries to get the list. by Quartz shows that The Girl on the Train is the most checked-out book at eight of them, and the most checked-out work of fiction at 11. Paula Hawkins’ thriller The Girl on the Train was the most checked out at eight of the libraries.
In a separate breakout, various Wimpy Kid books were the most checked out kids books in eight out of 12 cities. Lincoln Pierce’ Big Nate series and a couple of picture books by Mo Willems also ranked high on the list.
I don’t think non-parents or non-children have any idea how big the Big Nate series is. It consistently ranks high in Bookscan every year and sells in massive numbers. Big Nate started life as a comic strip in 1991 and still runs in newspapers in those scattered areas where they still have newspapers.