January 21, 2022

Minnesota: Top 25 Adult, Teen, and Children’s Books Borrowed During 2012 at Hennepin County Libraries

From the Hennepin County Library:

Hennepin County Library has tabulated the top 25 adult, teen, children’s and very young children’s titles checked out in 2012, and the lists show that Hennepin County readers are remarkably consistent in their reading interests year to year.

In 2011 and 2012, 24 of the top 25 adult titles checked out were fiction.  The one non-fiction title in the top 25 — both in 2011 and 2012 — was “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.”  Once again crime and mystery fiction by well-known writers such as John Sandford, Janet Evanovich, Sue Grafton, and James Patterson* were clear favorites.

In 2012 as in 2011, “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins was the most checked-out teen book of the year. “Catching Fire” by Collins moved up from number four to number two, and her “Mockingjay” remained as the third most popular teen title of the year. Another futuristic novel, “Divergent” by Veronica Roth, and a World War II fiction, “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak, round out the teen top five.


An additional category in 2012 — easy books (for very young children) — has more variety. Eighteen of the top 25 titles are by different authors. The list includes “Lego Star Wars” at number one, “Curious George Goes to the Zoo” in second place, and two “Fancy Nancy” titles in third and fourth place (as well as seventh and 21st). “I Can Be a Ballerina” came in at number five and is one of two titles from this “Step Into Reading” series that made it into the top 25.

View the Complete Top 25 Lists For All Three Categories Here

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.