Copperfield’s Books shared which books readers couldn’t read fast enough this year. Which ones have you read? (To see a full list of Sonoma County’s favorite books, movies and music, click here)
Bestselling Books of 2016
1. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts I & II” (Special Rehearsal Edition) by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany. In this play script based on a J.K. Rowling story, Harry Potter is all grown up and an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, along with being a husband and father of three schoolage children.
2. “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman. This is literally the story of a grumpy old man.
3. “Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins. Last year’s third bestselling book is now in paperback. It also was made into a film this year starring Emily Blunt.
4. “Little Paris Bookshop” by Nina George. Who doesn’t love a novel set in a bookstore? This international bestseller is the story of Monsieur Perdue, who prescribes ways to mend a broken heart and other hardships from his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine.
5. “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo. Haven’t we tidied up enough yet? Apparently not. The Japanese woman details her unique system for decluttering and organizing one’s belongings.
6. “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry” by Fredrik Backman. A second novel by bestselling Swedish author Fredrik Backman is the story of a precocious young girl who personally apologizes to the people her late grandmother wronged in life.
7. “When Breath Becomes Air” Paul Kalanithi. The author was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer shortly before beginning his career as a physician and kept a journal detailing the last months of his life. His moving memoir was published posthumously earlier this year.
8. “The Sympathizer” by Viet Thanh Nguyen. A Pulitzer Prize winning novel about war and its aftermath published in 2016.-.
9. “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. Another Pulitzer Prize winning novel about war and its aftermath, published in 2015.
10. “Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian’s Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive” by Laura Hillenbrand. Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian’s Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive by Laura Hillenbrand sits in tenth place. Adapted from the adult novel of the same name, this spellbinding account tells the story of Louis Zamperini, a thief turned track star, Olympian, airman, castaway and prisoner of war.
Children’s Books Top 10
1. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts I & II” (Special Rehearsal Edition) by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany.
2. “Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian’s Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive” by Laura Hillenbrand
3. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 11: Double Down” by Jeff Kinney
4. “Trials of Apollo Book One: The Hidden Oracle” by Rick Riordan
5. “Nightmares! The Lost Lullaby” by Jason Segel, Kirsten Miller
6. “Ghosts” by Raina Telgemeier
7. “BFG (Big Friendly Giant)” by Ronald Dahl
8. “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs
9. “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown
10. “Hilo Book 2: Saving the Whole Wide World” by Judd Winick
(Source: Copperfield’s Books)