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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Hot Titles in the GKHS library


The hottest titles in the GKHS library for 2014/15 school year.




Title
Author
Circ. #
1
Through the Woods (graphic novel)
Carroll, Emily
44
2
This One Summer (graphic novel)
Tamaki, Mariko
34
3
Eleanor and Park
Rowell, Rainbow
32
4
The Fault in Our Stars
Green, John
32
5
Looking for Alaska
Green, John
30
6
Half Bad
Green, Sally
29
7
The Maze Runner
Dashner, James
29
8
I’ll Give You the Sun
Nelson, Jandy
28
9
Stolen
Christopher, Lucy
28
10
The Crossover
Alexander, Kwame
26
11
Say What You Will
McGovern, Connie
25
12
The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim
Johnston, EK
25
13
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Walton, Leslye
25
14
The Family Romanov (Biography)
Fleming, Candace
24
15
Girls Like Us
Giles, Gail
22
16
Brown Girl Dreaming (Memoir)
Woodsen, Jacqueline
21
17
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Andrews, Jesse
21
18
Allegiant
Roth, Veronica
20
19
The Impossible Knife of Memory
Anderson, Laurie Halse
20
20
A Long Way Gone
Beah, Ishmael
20
21
We Were Liars
Lockhart, E.
20
22
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian
Alexie, Sherman
19
23
Uglies
Westerfeld, Scott
18
24
The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy
Hattemer, Kate
18
25
The Islands at the End of the World
Aslan, Austin
17
26
Paper Towns
Green, John
17
27
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Chbosky, Stephen
17
28
The 5th Wave
Yancey, Richard
16
29
The Scorch Trials
Dashner, James
16
30
Divided We Fall
Reedy, Trent
15
31
Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future
King, A.S.
15
32
House of Hades
Riordan, Rick
15
33
Otherbound
Duyvis, Corinne
14
34
An Abundance of Katherines
Green, John
14
35
The Blood of Olympus
Riordan, Rick
14
36
Cinder
Meyer, Marissa
14
37
Four: a Divergent story
Roth, Veronica
14
38
Grasshopper Jungle
Smith, Andrew
14
39
Insurgent
Roth, Veronica
14
40
Speak
Anderson, Laurie Halse
14
41
Thirteen Reasons Why
Asher, Jay
14

Surprises: I continue to be surprised that books like The Perks of Being a Wallflower (1999), Stolen (2010), Uglies (2005), Thirteen Reasons Why (2007), Speak (2000) and just about any book by Rick Riordan continue to be in the top 50 books years after they were published. I think that there is a bit of a cult following for some of these books. They may also just be the books that students tell other students about. 

Not surprised: On the other hand I am not surprised that nearly all of John Green's book top the list. Girls come to the library just to read his books and they tell each other to read them. The Fault in Our Stars is the first book on the list that students had no ulterior motive to check out. It wasn't a summer reading book, it wasn't assigned by anyone, and it wasn't a Mock Printz selection. Students just wanted to read it.

Notes: I have multiple copies of most of the books but if the list is adjusted for copies, (circulations per book not title,) the two graphic novels would still come in #1 and 2, then Half Bad (14.5), I'll Give You the Sun (14), The Blood of Olympus (14), Divergent (14), Grasshopper Jungle (14), Four (14), and 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith (13) would round out the list. With the exception of the Riordan book all of these books have a publication date of 2014, telling me that students really do want to read the new stuff, too, and are willing to wait in line, if necessary, to read it.


What books are you shocked/delighted to see on the list? What books are you shocked/delighted that are NOT on the list?

If you are a librarian, what were your top titles of this school year?

Please comment below!  Thank you.
 

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