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Wiley Cash, J.K. Rowling, Margot Lee Shetterly top lists of popular library checkouts

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018, 11:47 a.m.

J.K. Rowling wasn’t a surprise.

Neither was “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race” or “The Diary of a Wimpy Kid.”

Books by John Grisham and David Baldacci still are flying off the shelf.

Lee Child and Diane Ackerman were practically shoo-ins.

But unexpected was Wiley Cash’s “A Land More Kind Than Home,” last year’s Spokane is Reading title, and J.A. Jance’s “Downfall: A Brady Novel of Suspense.”

Cash’s book was the only title that was in both the city’s and county’s top three books in either fiction or nonfiction for adults. The only other print book that landed in the top three in each system was in the children’s category: “Harry Potter and Cursed Child.”

MOST USED LIBRARY ITEMS IN 2017
Spokane Public Library
CATEGORY RANK USAGE TITLE AUTHOR
Fiction books for adults 1 653 Land More Kind than Home Wiley Cash
2 643 The Whislter John Grisham
3 501 No Man’s Land David Baldacci
Non-fiction books for adults 1 286 Zookeepers Wife: A War Story Diane Ackerman
2 241 Hillbilly Elegy J.D. Vance
3 201 Wishful Drinking Carrie Fisher
eBook for adults 1 317 The Whistler John Grisham
2 247 The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins
3 240 Rogue Lawyer John Grisham
eAudiobooks for adults 1 384 Hidden Figures Margot Shetterley
2 339 The Whistler John Grisham
3 238 Outlander Diana Gabaldon
Books for teens 1 174 Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children Ransom Riggs
2 161 All the bright places Jennifer Niven
3 147 Monster Calls Patrick Ness
eAudiobooks for teen 1 87 Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Ransom Riggs
2 44 Twighlight
3 38 Eragon Christopher Paolini
Book for children 1 215 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One andTwo J.K. Rowling
2 166 That Is Not a Good Idea! Mo Willems
3 135 Diary of a Wimpy Kid Double Down Jeff Kinney
eAudiobooks for children 1 328 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling
2 150 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets J.K. Rowling
3 139 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows J.K. Rowling
Spokane County Library District
CATEGORY RANK USAGE TITLE AUTHOR
Fiction books for adults 1 450 Land More Kind than Home Wiley Cash
2 406 The Nightingale Kristin Hannah
3 378 The Woman in Cabin 10 Ruth Ware
Non-fiction books for adults 1 265 Hidden Figures Margot Lee Shetterly
2 254 Hillbilly Elegy J. D. Vance
3 244 The Glass Castle Jeannette Walls
eBook for adults 1 350 The Whistler John Grisham
2 313 Night School Lee Child
3 293 The Other Einstein Marie Benedict
eAudiobooks for adults 1 215 Memory Man David Baldacci
2 207 The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins
3 200 No Man’s Land David Baldacci
Books for teens 1 161 Demigods & Magicians Rick Riordan
2 146 Hammer of Thor Rick Riordan
3 110 Sword of Summer Rick Riordan
eAudiobooks for teen 1 149 The Maze Runner (Book 1) James Dashner
2 131 The Hunger Games (Book 1) Suzanne Collins
3 126 Twilight (Book 1) Stephenie Meyer
Book for children 1 565 Double down Jeff Kinney
2 395 Greg Heffley’s journal Jeff Kinney
3 374 Harry Potter and Cursed Child J.K. Rowling
eAudiobooks for children 1 328 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling
2 150 The Hammer of Thor Rick Riordan
3 139 The Lightning Thief Rick Riordan

Reviewing lists of top checkouts from both the Spokane Public Library and the Spokane County Library District reveals patterns and trends about what Spokane read or listened to last year.

“There’s a lot of what we would expect to see, the best-sellers certainly,” Andrea Sharps, collection services director for Spokane County Library District, said. “But then it also reflects on our community’s specific interest, whether it’s our regional history or an author coming to town and that being the catalyst that prompts somebody to check out the book in whatever format.”

Both Cash and Jance made appearances in Spokane last year, which Sharps thinks helped drive them to multiple appearances on the lists of top checkouts.

Cash’s “A Land More Kind Than Home” was also popular with Spokane Public Library readers, as was Ransom Riggs’ “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” which was the most popular teen title of 2017. Sherman Alexie’s “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” remains popular, at least in the Spokane Public Library, where it was the fifth most popular young adult fiction book.

As of October of last year, the Spokane Public Library had 1.5 million materials checked out, 70,321 of which were digital items.

In 2017, the Spokane County Library District circulated 2,612,576 items, 492,106 of which were digital.

“I think the good thing is we have materials in so many different formats,” Sharps said. “We’ve got the regular print, we’ve got books on CD, we have e-books, we have e-audiobooks, so it should hopefully address all different learning styles and preferences.”


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