Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Eye on Books #4

We’ve turned a new calendar page to 2013, but we need to note a few milestones from the 2012 season that just came to an end—

The Friends Puzzle and Game Sale Nov 1-5 brought in just over $1,330, an increase of almost $300 over results from 2011.
Friends Holiday Sale Dec 6-9 totaled over $7,900, nearly $2,800 more than in 2011! Congratulations and thanks to our volunteers and attendees at both events.

Many thanks for down to earth hands-on efforts from the Reston Garden Club. Their members turned Friends funding into beautification of the Reston Regional Library site, with professional assistance from Hidden Lane Landscaping. Look for this project to frame our street sign and enhance curb appeal, especially when shoots and buds burst in the spring!

We are gratified by the November passage of the library bond, and look forward to the planning phase for Reston Regional Library facilities. We seek your thoughts and suggestions during this process. Let us know what you want! We will tell Supervisor Cathy Hudgins what’s important to you in planning this new facility.

And for those of you who love end of year lists, here’s a gift from Mary Mulrenan of the Fairfax County Public Library--

Most Popular Books in Fairfax County in 2012
Wondering what were the most popular books in Fairfax County this year? Here are the top five based on the top 100 checkouts from Fairfax County Public Library in adult, teen and children. The Hunger Games Trilogy leads with a combined 10,330 checkouts on all three titles. Dr. Seuss has staying power with 9,822 checkouts and John Grisham’s The Litigators has 4,868 making it the most popular title in the system.

Top Five Fiction
The Litigators by John Grisham
V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton
The Drop by Michael Connelly
Zero Day by David Baldacci
Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
Top Five Nonfiction
Unbroken: a World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Top Five eBooks
The Litigators by John Grisham
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
A Game of Thrones by George Martin
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson

Top Five Titles
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Divergent by Veronica Roth
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Top Five Series
Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini
Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer
Uglies trilogy by Scott Westerfeld

Top Five Series
Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney
Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan
Fly Guy early readers by Tedd Arnold
Top Five Titles
The cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
The Invention of Hugo Cabret: a Novel in Words and Pictures by Brian Selznick
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss

And now that you’ve had your book brain cells stirred, what did YOU read in 2012 that you would recommend? Respond by leaving a comment! Reston Friends wish a very Happy New Year to readers everywhere! So many books, so little time!  

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