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Monday, May 26, 2014

Top Ten Books of 2014 in GKHS Library

Today is a Top Ten Tuesday Freebie Post. My list represents the top books of 2014 in the school library after screening out all books that were required for some assignment or another. These books represent free choice selections by students. The numbers next to the books represent how many times the books have circulated since January 1st.

1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, 38
2. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, 23
2. Looking for Alaska by John Green, 23
3. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, 20
4. Allegiant by Veronica Roth, 19
5. Divergent by Veronica Roth, 17
5. Insurgent by Veronica Roth, 17
5. Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith, 17
5. Maze Runner by James Dashner, 17
6. Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas, 15*
7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, 13
7. Runner by Carl Deuker, 13
8. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, 12
8. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, 12
9. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, 11
9. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson, 11
9. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, 11
9. Unwind by Neal Shusterman, 11
10. Cress by Marissa Meyer, 10*
10. Inheritance by Christopher Paolini, 10
10. Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan, 10

(Way more than ten books, but there were lots of ties!)
* I only have one copy of these books in the library so technically they should be at the top of the list. By contrast, I have five copies of FIOS and Looking for Alaska. John Green is BIG right now. All of his books are popular.


  1. Wow. I found this really interesting. It's not a surprise to see The Fault In Our Stars at the top!

    1. Yes, it has been popular all year. Even though there are so few days left in the school year that books are due back in less than two weeks, kids are still checking out FIOS.

  2. Interesting to see Lockdown so high up! It was a really interesting book, though I have absolutely no idea how I ended up with it. I had never even heard of it before I started reading it, so it's surprising to me to see it so high on the list!

    The only book on this entire list that I'm not familiar with is Runner by Carl Deuker. I found the rest of the list pretty predictable. Still interesting to see the mix of super hyped up/popular books and YA classics!

    1. Concerning Lockdown, I am always on a hunt for good boy books. Not sure how I came by my first copy of it but we have several copies of it and of course the other books in the series.

      Runner is written by a Washington State author and is set in Seattle. Boys enjoy the mystery and drama especially with all the local landmarks that we recognize. It is also fairly short so boys who HAVE to check out a book go for short ones.

  3. Great topic! My daughter is in high school and has loved many of these so it's great to find some more books to point her in the direction of!

    1. I've read most of the books on this list so, of course, when kids ask me for recommendations I suggest books I have read and think they will enjoy. I think that is human nature. I am shocked sometimes that kids still want to read books like Speak and The Perks of Being a Wallflower, both published over 10 years ago.


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