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.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.