Monday, December 19, 2011

Top Books of the Year at WCCLS

Well 2011 is almost up, and it's time to look back at the year that was. There are many "best of" lists published each year, but we thought it would be more interesting to see what library users in Washington County read the most this year. Below you'll see the seven fiction and nonfiction print books published in 2011 that were the most frequently checked out in WCCLS libraries this past year. What were your favorites this year?


Top 7 fiction titles from 2011

 

Smokin' Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
"Where there's smoke there's fire, and no one knows this better than New Jersey bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum. The bail bonds office has burned to the ground, and bodies are turning up in the empty construction lot. To make matters worse, Stephanie is working out of a motor home she shares with a dancing bear, and Joe Morelli's old-world grandmother has declared a vendetta against her."
Tick Tock by James Patterson
"NYC's number one detective, Michael Bennett, has a huge problem-- someone is recreating the crimes of infamous killers from New York's history. Bennett enlists the help of a former colleague, FBI Agent Emily Parker."
Toys by James Patterson
"Animosity between the genetically engineered Elites and their human subjects is fierce, and many rebels fight back against Elite rule. Hays Baker is a high-ranking agent in the Elite forces and at the forefront of keeping the humans under control. However, Hays is unknowingly hiding a secret that will make him the greatest threat to the Elite regime, and their number one target."
The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly
"Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too, and he's certain he's on the right trail."
10th Anniversary by James Patterson
"Detective Lindsay Boxer's long awaited wedding celebration becomes a distant memory when she is called to investigate a horrendous crime: a badly injured teenage girl is left for dead, and her newborn baby is nowhere to be found. Lindsay discovers that not only is there no trace of the criminals, but that the victim may be keeping secrets as well."
Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult
"A stillborn baby ends Max and Zoe's marriage. Max leaves Zoe and turns to drinking. Zoe falls in love with a female school counselor, Vanessa. Max finds help for his drinking problem through his brother's church. Vanessa and Zoe get married. Vanessa offers to carry one of Zoe and Max's fertilized embryos. Zoe goes to Max to get permission to release the embryos to her but Max's new found religious fervor leads him to sue Zoe for custody."
Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts
"Montana wildfire fighter Rowan has a strict rule: never get romantically involved with anyone she works with. But the moment she meets new recruit Gull Curry that rule is severely tested. And when it becomes clear that someone blames Rowan for her jump partner's death, and is determined to get revenge, Rowan finds that she needs Gull's help and support more than ever."

 

Top 7 nonfiction titles from 2011

 

Bossypants by Tina Fey

"From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon, comedian Tina Fey reveals all, and proves that you're no one until someone calls you bossy."
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua

"Traces the rewards and pitfalls of a Chinese mother's exercise in extreme parenting, describing the exacting standards applied to grades, music lessons, and avoidance of Western cultural practices."
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson

"The bestselling author of "Devil in the White City" turns his hand to a remarkable story set during Hitler's rise to power. The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America's first ambassador to Hitler's Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history."
Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer

"Having achieved the seemingly unachievable-- becoming a U.S. Memory Champion-- Foer shows how anyone with enough training and determination can achieve mastery of their memory."
A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard

"The memoir of Jaycee Dugard who was kidnapped on June 10, 1991, when she was 11 years old, and was missing for over 18 years before her reappearance in 2009."
Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe

"A teen idol at fifteen, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at twenty, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences as a painfully misunderstood child actor in Ohio uprooted to the wild counterculture of mid-seventies Malibu, where he embarked on his unrelenting pursuit of a career in Hollywood."
The Social Animal by David Brooks

"From the influential and hugely popular 'New York Times' columnist and bestselling author of 'Bobos in Paradise' comes a landmark exploration of how human beings and communities succeed."