June 2013

The Most Popular Books of the Past Five Years

Looking for some good summer reads? If you aren't yet on the list for this year's top titles and want something right away, why not try the best from the past? Here is a list of the top ten books in each of the past five calendar years, as judged by how many times they were checked out of the library. Do you see any that you wanted to read but missed? With one exception all of these are novels written primarily for adults. Who can figure out what the one exception is?

2012

  1. "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn.
  2. "Guilty Wives" by James Patterson.
  3. "Kill Alex Cross" by James Patterson.
  4. "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James.
  5. "Explosive Eighteen" by Janet Evanovich.
  6. "The Litigators" by John Grisham.
  7. "Unnatural Acts" by Stuart Woods.
  8. "Defending Jacob" by William Landay.
  9. "Catching Fire" by Suzanne Collins.
  10. "D.C. Dead" by Stuart Woods.

2011

  1. "Live Wire" by Harlan Coben.
  2. "Toys" by James Patterson.
  3. "Rescue" by Anita Shreve.
  4. "Tick Tock" by James Patterson.
  5. "10th Anniversary" by James Patterson.
  6. "Sing You Home" by Jodi Picoult.
  7. "Worth Dying For" by Lee Child.
  8. "Hell's Corner" by David Baldacci.
  9. "Strategic Moves" by Stuart Woods.
  10. "I'll Walk Alone" by Mary Higgins Clark.

2010

  1. "The 9th Judgment" by James Patterson.
  2. "Deliver Us From Evil" by David Baldacci.
  3. "U is for Undertow" by Sue Grafton.
  4. "Kisser" by Stuart Woods.
  5. "Lucid Intervals" by Stuart Woods.
  6. "The Last Song" by Nicholas Sparks.
  7. "Caught" by Harlan Coben.
  8. "Worst Case" by James Patterson.
  9. "Split Image" by Robert B. Parker.
  10. "Alex Cross's Trial" by James Patterson.

2009

  1. "Cross Country" by James Patterson.
  2. "Run for Your Life" by James Patterson.
  3. "Loitering With Intent" by Stuart Woods.
  4. "Handle With Care" by Jodi Picoult.
  5. "The Associate" by John Grisham.
  6. "Finger Lickin' Fifteen" by Janet Evanovich.
  7. "Hot Mahogany" by Stuart Woods.
  8. "Plum Spooky" by Janet Evanovich.
  9. "Night and Day" by Robert B. Parker.
  10. "Rough Weather" by Robert B. Parker.

2008

  1. "Double Cross" by James Patterson.
  2. "Playing For Pizza" by John Grisham.
  3. "Stranger in Paradise" by Robert B. Parker.
  4. "Change of Heart" by Jodi Picoult.
  5. "Fearless Fourteen" by Janet Evanovich.
  6. "Honor Thyself" by Danielle Steel.
  7. "Twilight" by Brendan DuBois.
  8. "The Appeal" by John Grisham.
  9. "Body Surfing" by Anita Shreve.
  10. "Beverly Hills Dead" by Stuart Woods.

Isinglass Teen Read Award Winner Announced!

DivergentThe Isinglass Teen Read Award was begun in 2001 by the Barrington Public Library and the Barrington Middle School in order to promote teen reading, the participation of teens in the creation of their own reading list, and to honor those authors whose works speak to youth. The award is now open to all New Hampshire students in grades 7-8.

Voting is done annually in April.  So join us in reading from the current, and past lists, and send us your suggestions for new titles to add!

The 2013 Winner is:

Divergent by Veronica Roth

What's it about?

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

 During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

2014 Nominees:

Auracle by Gina Rosati
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Crazy Dangerous by Andrew Klavan
Enclave by Ann Aguirre
Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
Ghost of Graylock by Dan Poblocki
In a Heartbeat by Loretta Ellsworth
Insignia by S. J. Kincaid
The Killing Sea by Richard Lewis
Losing It by Erin Fry
Origin by Jessica Khoury
Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum
Throne of Glass by Sarah Mass
The Warrior's Heart by Eric Greitens
Witchlanders by Lena Coakley

The Flume: NH Teen Readers' Choice Book Award Winner Announced!

DivergentWhat Is It?

The Flume: NH Teen Reader’s Choice Award was created in 2005 in response to a New Hampshire teen’s request to have a book award geared towards high school students. This award is a state-wide venture led by a collaborative effort from school and public librarians. Each year teens nominate titles, published within the last two years, they think deserve to be recognized. Librarians narrow the group of titles to a shorter list. Teens then vote for the winning title from that list.

What’s The Nomination Criteria?

Titles must be nominated by teens in grades 9-12, can be fiction or nonfiction books, with appeal to this age group. They must have a publication date within the last two years. If the book is part of a series, it must be able to stand alone, meaning a reader doesn’t have to read the other books in the series to understand what’s going on.

The 2013 Winner is:

Divergent by Veronica Roth

What's it about?

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

2014 Nominees:

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Ask the Passengers by A. S. King
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Death Cloud by Andy Lane
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Heist Society by Ally Carter
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott