Originally published Jan. 23, 2014.
Book series ruled the list of most popular adult fiction books checked out in 2013 at Huntington City-Township Public Library.
The library annually compiles a report that lists its most popular checkouts and total number of checkouts by type of patron.
Authors such as James Patterson, who is famous for his thriller series, and Janet Evanovich, who penned the Stephanie Plum series, topped the list of most popular authors, as well as landing several of their titles on the "most popular" hard copy adult fiction list.
The library also has a list of checkouts by patron type for their eBook and eAudiobook selections, which shows nearly 81 percent of all checkouts are by adults, with another 5.3 percent of checkouts by new adult members.
This means adult members are checking out nearly 87 percent of all eBook and eAudiobook materials at the library.
"People with Huntington adult cards are checking out more than anyone else. However, the new adults - those that have only had their card six months or less - are doing very well," says Library Director Kathy Holst.
Digital eBooks and eAudiobooks are ever growing in popularity, says Holst.
"There are advantages and disadvantages to both (digital and hardcopy)," she notes.
For all patron types, combining fiction and nonfiction, the most popular eBook titles in 2013 were:
1. "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James.
2. "Fifty Shades Darker" by E.L. James.
3. "Fifty Shades Freed" by E.L. James.
4. "Notorious Nineteen" by Janet Evanovich.
5. "Unfinished Business" by E.L. James
The lists are compiled annually to help librarians decide which genres and titles should be replenished most frequently.
"For our own use in trying to determine how much monies we need to put where, we need to know who is using what type of material," explains Holst.
This year, the reports show that the most checked out items are magazines such as "People" and "Consumer Reports," followed by book series authored by James Patterson and Nobuyuki Anzai, a young adult graphic novel author.
Deb Roy, who is responsible for acquisitions and marketing at the library's Huntington branch, says the magazines stay on top of that list because of the number of volumes available to check out,
"‘People' is a weekly magazine, so 52 titles are available to check out every year," she explains.
For hard copy materials, the most popular lists for 2013 are as follows:
Authors, Huntington and Markle combined
1. James Patterson.
2. Dr. Seuss (children's author).
3. Stan Berenstain (children's author).
4. Janet Evanovich.
5. Nora Roberts.
1. "Second Honeymoon" by James Patterson.
2. "The Heist: A Novel" by Janet Evanovich.
3. "Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel" by Janet Evanovich.
4. "The Chance" by Karen Kingsbury.
5. "12th of Never" by James Patterson.
6. "Mistress" by James Patterson.
7. "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James.
8. "Whiskey Beach" by Nora Roberts.
9. "The Hit" by David Baldacci.
10. "NYPD Red" by James Patterson.
Adult Fiction, Markle
1. "Widow's Tears" by Susan Wittig Albert.
2. "Sand Castle Bay" by Sherryl Woods.
3. "Threads of Faith" by Carolyn Mazloomi.
4. "Talon: Combat Tracking Team" by Ronie Kendig.
5. "An Amish Kitchen" by Beth Wiseman.
6. "Beautiful Day: A Novel" by Elin Hilderbrand.
7. "Big Sky Summer" by Linda Lael Miller.
8. "Sea Glass Island" by Sherryl Woods.
9. "The Chance" by Karen Kingsbury.
10. "The Lemon Orchard" by Luanne Rice.
Adult Non-fiction, Huntington
1. "GED Connection: Mathematics."
3. "GED Connection: Social Studies & Science."
4. "GED Connection: Language arts: Writing & Reading."
5. "The Sandman."
Adult Non-fiction, Markle
1. "Hungry Girl To The Max!: The Ultimate Guilt-Free Cookbook"
2. "Killing Jesus: A History."
3. "Waking Up in Heaven: A True Story of Brokenness, Heaven, and Life Again."
4. "A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life."
5. "Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal Cookbook: 250 Delicious Recipes To Beat Disease And Live Longer."