The Most Popular Books at US Public Libraries are:

First off, sorry for the late post. I’d had every intention to have it publish at my usual time, but today I’ve been a bit distracted by something unexpected. And I decided that my attention was needed elsewhere. But now I’m here with you, as always, just a little late today.

Recently Quartz was given data from some of the top public libraries around the country regarding their most popular books. The data isn’t all from the same time period, but we’re only talking a difference of about a month at the most, so it’s pretty accurate. If I had to guess with no information about any of the libraries, I’d of course think that Go Set a Watchman would likely be at or near the top of some of the lists. I’d also think of To Kill a Mockingbird. Besides those two I’m not sure I’d have any other books come to mind. Here’s the list in no particular order.

Seattle – Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee.

San Francisco – Fairyland by Alysia Abbott.

Los Angeles – The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

San JoseThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.

San Diego – The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.

Denver – Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf.

Phoenix – Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee.

Dallas The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.

Houston – Truth or Die by James Patterson.

Memphis To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

Jacksonville – The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.

Washington D.C. – The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.

Baltimore – Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee.

New York – The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.

Indianapolis – Wicked Charms by Janet Evanovich.

I really can’t say I’m surprised by any of these, though I will admit that I’ve never heard of the titles from Denver and San Francisco. The others seem pretty understandable. They’re pretty much mega bestsellers that people are reading all over the country. Maybe just a little surprised that Paper Towns didn’t make it to the top of at least one list. Even though I know the movie isn’t nearly as popular as the first of the John Green adaptations, the book was popular enough to nab a movie deal.

Are you surprised by any of the titles that are the most popular books at some of the public libraries in the US? Maybe you think some titles should be right near the top that aren’t listed?

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James Patterson Just Dominates Everything

We’ve all at least heard of book trailers, right? Well James Patterson just takes them to a whole new level. To me, book trailers are almost always the same. Book cover. Voice actor saying something relevant to the story. There’s not much else. Sometimes you’ll have the author either in the actual trailer or doing the narration. This is Patterson’s most recent one:

There’s not much to it. It caught my attention, but I’m biased because I very much enjoy reading his Alex Cross novels. So why am I talking about James Patterson dominating anything when this trailer only shows 665 views on YouTube? Because it was on network TV. That’s right, James Patterson’s book trailer was on network TV.

I’d say I’ve seen less than a dozen book trailers ever. Why is that? Mostly because I have no real interest in them, but also because they’re hidden. You can probably find them on YouTube if that’s what you’re looking for, but I’m not.

The point of this post is to say that there are plenty of mega bestselling authors writing today, and I’d never seen any one of them show their book trailer on TV. I think there’s a book thing on C-SPAN or something once a week? And perhaps they show book trailers on there? But I’m talking about channels people actually watch.

Have you ever seen a book trailer on TV? Even if it’s C-SPAN.


On this day in 2014 I published Why I Don’t Write Book Reviews.