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Thrillers remain most adult fiction read at Houston Public Library

Michael Connelly’s thriller, ‘Desert Star’, was the most popular adult fiction novel borrowed from the Houston Public Library in 2023. (Contributed)

Authors of crime and adventure thrillers continue to dominate the adult fiction most read list judging from information provided by the Houston Public Library for 2023.

Lee Child’s Reacher series even figures in two categories — his 27th in the series, ‘No Plan B’, is third in adult non-fiction while the DVD Reacher Season 1 collection is first in that category.

Meanwhile, the top juvenile fiction read, “To Be or Not to Be”, is based on Minecraft, considered the most popular video game of all time.

In the adult DVD borrowing list, two Toms — Cruise and Hanks — occupy the first and second spots with Dwayne Johnson in third.

Here’s a complete list of best read and best watched of the past year.

Adult Fiction:

1. Desert Star by Michael Connelly

2. Triple Cross by James Patterson

3. No Plan B by Lee Child

Adult Non-Fiction:

1. Live-Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories by Kelly Ripa

2. The Noon Mindset: Learn the Science, Lose the Weight by Noom

3. Call Me Anne: by Anne Heche

Adult Paperback:

1. Secrets by Fern Michaels

2. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

3. Cruel Winter of the Mountain Man by William W. Johnstone


1. Top Gun: Maverick

2. A Man Called Otto

3. Black Adam

DVD Series:

1. Reacher: Season 1

2. Gaslit: The Complete Limited Series

3. Star Trek Discovery: Season 4

Juvenile DVDs:

1. Lightyear

2. DC League of Superpets

3. Lyle, Lyle Crocodile

Juvenile Fiction:

1. To Bee, or Not to Bee by Nick Eliopulos

2. The Whispering Woods by Poppy Green

3. Two Degrees by Alan Gratz

Juvenile Non-Fiction:

1. How Everything Works: From Brain Cells to Black Holes by DK

2. On the Farm: by Kirsteen Robson

3. A History of Words for Children by Mary Richards

Young Adult:

1. Kingdom of the Feared by Kerri Maniscalco

2. Cruel Illusions by Margie Fuston

3. Warrior Girl Unearthed by Angeline Boulley


1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats Snacks by Eric Carle

2. The Hugasaurus by Rachel Bright

3. The Pigeon Will Ride the Roller Coaster by Mo Willems

Graphic Novels:

1. Witches of Brooklyn 3: S’more Magic by Sophie Escabasse

2. Jessi’s Secret Language by Chan Chau

3. Five Nights at Freddy’s: Volume 1 by Scott Cawthon

About the Author: Rod Link

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