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Friday, January 11, 2013

2012 Hottest books in the GKHS library

Lists. Lists. lists. Here is a list of the most popular books in the GKHS Library in 2012. 

Our school assigns summer reading for students. I have removed those four books from the list and any others that the kids HAD to read. Those four books are: The Alchemist by Coelho; The Hunger Games by Collins; The Uglies by Westerfeld; and Touching Spirit Bear by Mikaelsen.

1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
2. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green*
4. The Maze Runner by James Dashner**
5. Divergent by Veronica Roth**
6. The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow**
7. Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony* -1
8. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare**
9. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor**
10. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers*
11. Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
12. Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
13. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
14. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews*
15. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick**
16. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
17. Swim the Fly by Don Calame**
18. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher**
19. Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson**
20. Birthmarked by Caragh O'Brien
21. The Death Cure by James Dashner -1
22. Graceling by Kristin Cashore**
23. Dying to Know You by Aidan Chambers*
24. Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith**
25. Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick
26. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson**
27. The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George*
28. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkes
29. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater**
30. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie**
31. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys**
32. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak**
33. Halo by Alexandra Adornetto -1
34. The Monstrumologist by Richard Yancey**
35. The Good Braider by Terry Farish*
36. Maximum Ride: the Angel Experiment by James Patterson**
37. The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan -1
38. Specials by Scott Westerfeld
39. Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck -1
40. Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach**

*...These books are part of my 2013 Mock Printz reading list.
**...These are on my Nifty-Fifty Cart, high-interest, easily accessible books in a special location.  This is proof to me that this cart of books does attract readers.
-1... I only have one copy of each of the books with this legend. One way of thinking about it is that these books circulated the most of any of the books, at least 20 times each.

What are our favorite books on my list? What are the favorite books in your library?



  1. Just a little bit of dystopian fiction! Isn't it funny how genres come into and out of vogue?

    1. I was thinking the same thing. Dystopian is hot. Romance is back. And finally we have some good, funny "boy" books.

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