Monday, January 11, 2010

Most Circulated Adult Fiction Books

Sometimes I enjoy tinkering with statistics and sometimes the statistics tinker with me. Today I went into our handy-dandy statistics reporting tool for library circulations and created some really neat reports. The reports are for the most circulated titles in our library system and for each individual library. (The list for the system overall and the Lincoln County Public Library are the same.) It amazed me that each list was different which shows that each library has its own unique set of readers. I'd like to share some of the most loved titles from each list with you.

Overall, the most circulated title from the time we started using Polaris ILS in 2005 until today is: (drumroll please!) Oceans Apart by Karen Kingsbury.

The second most circulated title is At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks followed by Forgiven by Karen Kingsbury, Mary, Mary by James Patterson, The Choice by Nicholas Sparks, Step on a Crack by James Patterson, Outsider by Diana Palmer, Hey, Good Looking by Fern Michaels, Vanished by Karen Robards, and Fool Me Once by Fern Michaels.

At the Lawrence County Public Library, the most circulated title is Two Little Girls In Blue by Mary Higgins Clark. The following titles are also in the top ten: Dear John by Nicholas Sparks, True Evil by Greg Iles, A Thousand Tomorrows by Karen Kingsbury, Sweet Revenge by Fern Michaels, The Dream by Gilbert Morris, Cover of Night by Linda Howard, Divine Evil by Nora Roberts, and Sisters by Danielle Steel.

At the Franklin County Public Library, the most circulated title is 24 Hours by Greg Iles. The following titles are also in the top ten: Countdown by Iris Johansen, The Footprints of God by Greg Iles, Mary, Mary by James Patterson, Beach Road by James Patterson, Dead Sleep by Greg Iles, and Lifeguard by James Patterson.

At the Bude Public Library, the most popular title is Blood Lure by Nevada Barr followed by Borderline and Winter Study, also by Nevada Barr. Also popular are two titles by Catherine Palmer, Love's Haven and The Heart's Treasure. Karen Kingsbury scores 3 titles on the list: Divine, Sunrise and Take Two.

At the Newhebron Public Library, the most popular title is On Tall Pine Lake by Dorothy Garlock followed by Gone and Hide by Lisa Gardner. Also popular are Obsession by Karen Robards and Secrets by Jude Deveraux as well as A Promise for Ellie by Lauraine Snelling.

While looking at all the lists, we can see that both Mississippi authors and Christian fiction are very popular with our patrons. Then there are those patrons seeking a thrilling read or a mystery to solve. Whatever you enjoy reading, we'd like to see you in the library this year!

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