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James Patterson, Danielle Steel Dominate Top Bronx Library Books for 2016

By Eddie Small | December 23, 2016 10:32am
 The most popular book checked out of Bronx libraries this year was
The most popular book checked out of Bronx libraries this year was "NYPD Red 4" by James Patterson.
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THE BRONX — Readers in The Bronx were big fans of James Patterson and Danielle Steel this year, according to the New York Public Library.

The pair of famed authors had two books each on the NYPL's list of the top 10 most checked out books at Bronx libraries for 2016, with Patterson's "NYPD Red 4" taking the number one spot.

His thriller "Private Paris" came in at number five, while "Undercover" and "Precious Gifts" by Steel came in at numbers eight and nine, respectively.

Patterson's "NYPD Red" series about a special force charged with protecting the wealthiest and most powerful residents of Manhattan was popular last year in The Bronx as well, with "NYPD Red 3" nabbing the number two spot on the list. The latest entry in the series focuses on a murder and robbery at a movie premiere.

Steel was also popular in The Bronx in both 2015 and 2016, with her books "Prodigal Son" and "Pegasus" coming in at numbers four and eight last year, respectively.

The number one book in The Bronx for 2015 was a Kaplan prep book for the Test Assessing Secondary Completion, a alternative high school equivalency exam to the GED, but this switched places with Patterson's "NYPD Red" series in 2016, sliding down one space into the number two slot.

Other books that stayed on the borough's list for 2015 and 2016 were "Go Set A Watchman," Harper Lee's follow-up to her classic book "To Kill a Mockingbird," and the the Paula Hawkins thriller "The Girl on the Train."

"Go Set A Watchman" was number five in 2015 and number three in 2016, while "The Girl on the Train" moved up from number seven to number four.

Also on this year's list at number six was Ta-Nehisi Coates' "Between the World and Me," a meditation on black life in America.

The full list of top 10 books checked out at Bronx libraries for 2016 is:

1. "NYPD Red 4" by James Patterson
2. "TASC: Test Assessing Secondary Completion: Strategies, Practice, & Review" by Kaplan
3. "Go Set A Watchman" by Harper Lee
4. "The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins
5. "Private Paris" by James Patterson
6. "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates
7. "Killer Dolls" by Nisa Santiago
8. "Undercover" by Danielle Steel
9. "Precious Gifts" by Danielle Steel
10. "Vengeance: A Novel" by Zane

Lists of the most popular books in other boroughs and throughout the library system will be announced next week, according to the NYPL.