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The King County Library System, one of the largest public library systems in America with a lot of avid readers among its patrons, has released its list of the five most popular books of 2016. The library measures popularity by the number of holds placed on a title.

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Without further ado, here is the list:

  1. “The Whistler” by John Grisham.  Grisham’s latest thriller about a crooked Florida judge and two brave (foolhardy?) attorneys who decide to take him down.
  2. “Today Will Be Different” by Maria Semple. Seattle’s hilarious (and astute) Semple pens a novel about one day in the life of a very conflicted woman.
  3. “Night School” by Lee Child. The latest Jack Reacher novel from a thriller writer at the top of his form.
  4. “Hillbilly Elegy” by J.D. Vance. Vance’s memoir about his family’s up-and-down attempts to leave Appalachia has attracted droves of readers seeking to understand the vast discontent in middle America.
  5. “The Wrong Side of  Goodbye” by Michael Connelly. Connelly’s lone-wolf police detective Harry Bosch is now a private investigator, and he’s hired by a very wealthy man to find out whether the man has an heir from a long ago romantic encounter. Then things get really complicated.

For more information, go to For the King County librarians’ lists of the best books of 2016, go to .