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:
- How to Be a Woman / Caitlin Moran
TIED FOR SECOND MOST POPULAR — WITH 14 LOANS EACH:
IN THIRD PLACE — WITH 12 LOANS:
- The Brain that Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science /Norman Doidge
TIED FOR FOURTH PLACE — WITH 11 LOANS EACH:
- Fifty Shades of Grey / E L James
- The Happiness Project, or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun / Gretchen Rubin.
- The Hunger Games / Suzanne Collins
- Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything / Joshua Foer
- Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking / Susan Cain
TIED FOR FIFTH PLACE — WITH 10 LOANS EACH:
- The book of Awesome / Neil Pasricha
- Have a Little Faith: A True Story / Mitch Albom
- Life of Pi / Yann Martel
- Outliers: The Story of Success / Malcolm Gladwell
TIED FOR SIXTH PLACE — WITH 9 LOANS EACH:
- A Clash of Kings / George R.R. Martin
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks / Rebecca Skloot
- The Silver Linings Playbook / Matthew Quick
- Still Life / Louise Penny
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.