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Raisa Bruner
December 01, 2016

Google Play—Google’s content hub—has released its list of the most popular books for 2016, and this year is marked by the global popularity of the fantastical, and of unusual literary formats.

In first place sits Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe by Cullen Bunn, a “horror comic” that continues the storyline of the foulmouthed, fast-talking superhero (or anti-hero) Deadpool, made famous on the silver screen by Ryan Reynolds.

Following that up: “Harry Potter and the Secret of the Cursed Child,” the script for the wildly successful theatrical addition to J.K. Rowling’s magical universe. The story of Harry Potter’s youngest son takes place 19 years after the end of the original series, and for fans who can't make it to the London stage production, the screenplay gives readers a chance to jump back into Rowling’s robust world of witches and wizards, filled with familiar characters.

“The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins, “The Art of War” by Tzu Sun, and “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes round out the list of Google Play top books.

It’s worth noting that two of those titles were made into major motion pictures in 2016 with big stars (Emily Blunt and Emilia Clarke, respectively), while “The Art of War”—a classic military treatise dating back to the 5th century B.C.—is a perennial bestseller.

Some things, it seems, never go out of style. For everything else, look to the superheroes.

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