Your favourite bestsellers

I was curious to see which bestsellers have been borrowed the most from the UC Library since we launched our Bestsellers collection last Fall (Sept. 2012). (I’m only counting actual loans not renewals.)

Here are the winners!

IN FIRST PLACE — OUR MOST POPULAR BESTSELLER! — WITH 15 LOANS:

TIED FOR SECOND MOST POPULAR — WITH 14 LOANS EACH:

IN THIRD PLACE — WITH 12 LOANS:

TIED FOR FOURTH PLACE — WITH 11 LOANS EACH:

TIED FOR FIFTH PLACE — WITH 10 LOANS EACH:

TIED FOR SIXTH PLACE — WITH 9 LOANS EACH:

It isn’t a totally fair competition: it would be hard for books we just bought this Fall to “catch up” to books we’ve had since last Fall.  Also, a few of our bestsellers were so popular in the first year that I bought a second copy a few months ago, and that gives them even more chance to rack up loans.

Even so, I find this a pretty interesting list: Non-fiction appears to be even more popular than fiction! And it’s interesting that some books that were first published years ago are still going strong, including Norman Doidge’s The Brain That Changes Itself (2007) and Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers (2008).  The stats above are for the paperback copies in our Bestsellers section, but the hardcover editions of these two books have also been very popular with UC Library patrons, ever since they appeared.

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