I'm working at a high school library. Last week, we were going over some statistics that I thought would be interesting to share.
Top Titles This Year:
1)The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
2)Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
3)Mockingjay by Susanne Collins
4)Crank by Ellen Hopkins
5)Graceling by Kristen Cashore
6)The Death Cure by James Dashner
7)Identical by Ellen Hopkins
8)The Maze Runner by James Dashner
9)The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
10)Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Many of the above authors' other books also get checked out, making them some of our students' favorite writers. Other favorite authors include: Michael Grant, Anthony Horowitz, Kody Keplinger, Stephen King, Christoher Paolini, Susan Beth Pfeffer, Rick Riordan, Veronica Roth, and Scott Westerfeld. And, thanks to my suggestions, M.T. Anderson, Ernest Cline, Alan Cumyn, and Neil Gaiman are climbing the charts.
Top Patrons This Year:
The next five are all underclass females, but there are seven guys from #'s 16-25. I think it's a pretty good mix. It's interesting that there are no upperclass females in the top 40.
note: I only included fiction and nonfiction books when ranking top patrons. There are other students that check out textbooks, calculators, etc. that are using the library on a daily basis, but I wanted to focus on creative writing checkouts on this blog.