We are quickly approaching the end of 2012 and there is no shortage of best-books-of-the-year lists. I hope you will bear with me for a few more lists of the most popular books this past year at the Princeton Public Library. Below are four categories of the top 10 highest-circulating fiction, nonfiction, children's fiction, and children's nonfiction books.
Starting with fiction, I'm not surprised to see the list dominated by mysteries and suspense novels but I am happy to see one famous local author.
1. Death comes to Pemberley / P.D. James.
2. The beginner's goodbye : a novel / by Anne Tyler.
3. Beastly things / Donna Leon.
4. The drop : a novel / Michael Connelly.
5. Home / Toni Morrison.
6. The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection / Alexander McCall Smith.
7. The innocent / David Baldacci.
8. The cat's table / by Michael Ondaatje.
9. Calico Joe / John Grisham.
10. Explosive eighteen / Janet Evanovich.
Nonfiction: I cannot tell you how popular the #1 title is here! This is obviously a town that loves to think about thinking.
1. Thinking, fast and slow / Daniel Kahneman.
2. Steve Jobs / Walter Isaacson.
3. The America's Test Kitchen menu cookbook : kitchen-tested menus for foolproof dinner parties : 51 menus for every occasion plus strategies that guarantee less stress and better food / by the editors at America's Test Kitchen.
4. Eat greens : seasonal recipes to enjoy in abudance / by Barbara Scott-Goodman & Liz Trovato.
5. The world of Downton Abbey / text, Jessica Fellowes photography, Nick Briggs foreword, Julian Fellowes.
6. Is everyone hanging out without me? (and other concerns) / Mindy Kaling.
7. Boomerang : travels in the new Third World / Michael Lewis.
8. A universe from nothing : why there is something rather than nothing / Lawrence M. Krauss with a foreword by Christopher Hitchens and an afterword by Richard Dawkins.
9. Wheat belly : lose the wheat, lose the weight, and find your path back to health / William Davis.
10. The swerve : how the world became modern / Stephen Greenblatt.
…and for the kids, children's fiction:
1. Lucy the Diamond Fairy / by Daisy Meadows illustrated by Georgie Ripper.
2. Mr. Harrison is embarrassin'! / Dan Gutman pictures by Jim Paillot.
3. Holly the Christmas fairy / by Daisy Meadows.
4. The giant diamond robbery / by Geronimo Stilton.
5. Mrs. Kormel is not normal! / Dan Gutman pictures by Jim Paillot.
6. Ms. Coco is loco! / Dan Gutman pictures by Jim Paillot.
7. Diary of a wimpy kid : cabin fever / by Jeff Kinney.
8. Flora the dress-up fairy / by Daisy Meadows.
9. Geronimo's valentine / by Geronimo Stilton.
10. Run for the hills, Geronimo! / by Geronimo Stilton.
….and finally, children's nonfiction. Note: comics and graphic novels are here because they are in the drawing and comics subject number of the Dewey Decimal System. I remember reading Garfield books as a kid. I'm a bit surprised how many of these books ended up in our top 10.
1. Garfield keeps his chins up / by Jim Davis.
2. Garfield lard of the jungle / by Jim Davis.
3. The adventures of Tintin, reporter for le petit Vingtime – in the land of the Soviets / by Herge.
4. Weird but true! 3 : 300 outrageous facts.
5. Garfield makes it big / by Jim Davis.
6. Garfield shovels it in / by Jim Davis.
7. The adventures of Tintin. Volume 7 / by Herge.
8. The adventures of Tintin: The blue lotus / by Herge.
9. The adventures of Tintin: Flight 714 to Sydney / by Herge.
10. The adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the sun / by Herge.
Thanks to everyone who checked out any of these books at the library. We will keep the library stocked with what you want to read in 2013!