I love making lists – grocery lists, to-do lists, things-I’d-like-to-buy-when-I-win-the-lottery lists, vegetable-planting lists, and more. My list-making tends to annoy my family, which is yet another thing I can add to the what-annoys-family list.
WPL recently purchased a software application to help us with our collection maintenance. Not only does it help us identify what library books should be replaced or withdrawn, but it also creates lists of popular items. Imagine my delight!
If you haven’t already read Terri’s blog posting on our Booked site, she put together a top 10 list of the most popular young adult authors. As I’m a little late with this blog posting, I’m going to steal her idea. Without further ado, I present the top 20 fiction authors, as decided by you, our faithful customers:
20 – Jodi Picoult: her last book, Lone Wolf, is now available at the library.
19 – Stephen King: 11/22/63 is still doing well, and is available in regular print, large print, and audiobook.
18 – Kathryn Stockett: you might have heard of The Help? And wasn’t Octavia Spencer’s acceptance speech at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony touching?
17 – Robert B. Parker: In April 2011 Parker’s Estate decided, together with Parker’s publishers, to continue two series of his books – new Jesse Stone novels will be written by longtime friend and collaborator, Michael Brandman, and new Spenser novels will be written by journalist/writer Ace Atkins.
16 – J.D. Robb: a pseudonym for Nora Roberts, her “In Death” series gets more and more popular.
15 – Sue Grafton: do you also wonder what she’ll do when she finished the alphabet?
14 – Debbie Macomber: with more than 150 novels under her belt, it’s not hard to see why readers love her!
13 – Sandra Brown: another prolific author, she was recently awarded the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
12 – Stuart Woods: his newest title, Unnatural Acts, is coming out this April. Look for it in the library’s catalogue in the next week or two.
11 – Nicholas Sparks: seven of his novels have been adapted to film, including Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, Nights in Rodanthe, Dear John, The Last Song and The Lucky One.
10 – Iris Johansen: her latest novel, What Doesn’t Kill You, should be arriving in early April. Get your holds on now!
9 – Lee Child: a pseudonym for Jim Grant, each of his novels follows the adventures of former American military policeman Jack Reacher.
8 – Michael Connelly: best know for his crime novels featuring LAPD Detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch and criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller.
7 – John Sandford: another author with a book coming out this May. Check out catalogue in the next few weeks to get your name down for Stolen Prey.
6 – John Grisham: do I need to even write something about him?
5 – David Baldacci: look for Innocent coming out this April.
4 – Danielle Steel: I don’t know how she does it, but thankfully she keeps spinning out yarns everyone wants to read. Her latest, Friends Forever, will be out this July.
3 – Nora Roberts: as of 2011, her novels had spent a combined 861 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List, including 176 weeks in the number-one spot. Phew!
2 – Janet Evanovich: how high will she go?
And the most popular author is (drum roll, please)….
1 – James Patterson: no big surprise, really. He’s the master of collaboration, having worked with Maxine Paetro, Andrew Gross, Peter de Jonge, Michael Ledwidge, Howard Roughan, Marshall Karp, and Liza Marklund.