Local library readers’ appetite for ‘The Hunger Games’ dominates top titles

December 27, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

“The Hunger Games” — Suzanne Collins’ young adult novel set in a dystopian future — ranked as the top title requested throughout the King County Library System in 2011.

The top titles requested throughout local libraries mirror bestseller lists and offer a glimpse at readers’ tastes. “The Hunger Games” — No. 1 in a popular series about a post-apocalyptic world — and other books in Collins’ lineup jousted against titles from authors Rick Riordan and Laura Hillenbrand, and comedienne Tina Fey, for the top spot.

King County Library System librarians tracked the most-requested titles by determining the number of holds on a particular book. The number indicates readers’ most likely checked out the book, although the figure is not a precise count.

The system does not release the information for individual libraries due to confidentiality policies.

Patrons at the Issaquah Library checked out 817,783 items from January to November. Systemwide, patrons at the 46-branch system checked out 20,472,720 items during the same period.

In another milestone for local libraries, Library Journal magazine and Gale, a publishing company, named the Issaquah-based King County Library System as Library of the Year.

Organizers cited the library system’s efforts to encourage reading, help people searching for jobs and community outreach. The library system is run from offices along Newport Way Northwest.

Most-requested books overall

‘The Hunger Games’ by Suzanne Collins

  • 27,534 holds

‘Unbroken’ by Laura Hillenbrand

  • 26,590

‘Catching Fire’ by Suzanne Collins

  • 23,970

‘Son of Neptune’ by Rick Riordan

  • 20,602

‘Bossypants’ by Tina Fey

  • 15,410

Most-requested books for young adults

‘The Hunger Games’ by Suzanne Collins

  • 27,534

‘Catching Fire’ by Suzanne Collins

  • 23,970

‘Son of Neptune’ by Rick Riordan

  • 20,602

‘The Throne of Fire’ by Rick Riordan

  • 13,278

‘The Lost Hero’ by Rick Riordan

  • 12,605

Most-requested books for children

‘Theodore Boone: The Abduction’ by John Grisham

  • 3,025

‘Sign of the Moon’ by Erin Hunter

  • 2,601

‘Moon Over Manifest’ by Clare Vanderpool

  • 1,999

‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ by J.K. Rowling

  • 1,546

‘Pokémon Black & White Handbook’

  • 1,245

Most-requested books for adults

‘Unbroken’ by Laura Hillenbrand

  • 26,590

‘Bossypants’ by Tina Fey

  • 15,410

‘The Help’ by Kathryn Sockett

  • 13,423

‘State of Wonder’ by Ann Patchett

  • 12,795

‘Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother’ by Amy Chua

  • 10,599

‘In the Garden of Beasts’ by Erik Larson

  • 9,596

‘The Fifth Witness’ by Michael Connelly

  • 7,255

‘Smokin’ Seventeen’ by Janet Evanovich

  • 7,225

‘Tick Tock’ by James Patterson

  • 6,098

‘The Confession’ by John Grisham

  • 6,084

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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