2012's Top 10 List of Most Read and Watched at the Library

Guess how many times Fifty Shades of Grey was checked out at the Mountain View Public Library?

Take a look back to 2011. How have your literary tastes or that of the nation's changed?

The No. 1 non-fiction book checked out from the Mountain View Public Library was Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua. Remember the controversary over that book?

This year's Mountain View Patch once again got a list of the MVPL's 2012 Top Ten most checked out books in various categories and there are some new trendsetters like 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James.

Curious what your fellow MVPL cardholders read in 2012? Take a look:

What did you read this year? What are you surprised is or is not on this list?

Category: Non-Fiction Number of 
Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer   117 The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg    117 Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain     91 Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman      70

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed


The End of Illness by David B. Agus with Kristin Loberg
55 Behind the Beautiful Forevers [Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity] by Katherine Boo    47 Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power by Rachel Maddow 42
Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen        41 The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer by Gretchen Reynolds          33 The Blood Sugar Solution: The Ultrahealthy Program for Losing Weight, Preventing Disease and Feeling Great Now! by Mark Hyman
32 Category: Adult Fiction, Science Fiction and Mysteries Number of

The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks           

Calico Joe by John Grisham
188 Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn.
186 Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
I've Got Your Number: A Novel by Sophie Kinsella           164 11th Hour by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
157 Wicked Business: A Lizzy and Diesel Novel by Janet Evanovich
145 The Innocent by David Baldacci
The Lost Years by Mary Higgins Clark
131 Stolen Prey by John Sandford
128 Category: Children's Book Number of 
Arthur and the Poetry Contest with text by Stephen Krensky
270 The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan
263 The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan       174 The Kane Chronicles Survival Guide
120 Belle the Birthday Fairy by Daisy Meadows
103 The Mystery in Venice with text by Geronimo Stilton 102 A Fairy Treasure Hunt by Daisy Meadows 98 Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet by Jane O'Connor illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser
95 The Dead of Night by Peter Lerangis
92 Ghost Pirate Treasure with text by Geronimo Stilton
90 Category: DVDs Number of 
Moneyball                903 Tower Heist                 661 The Descendants
584 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1
584 The Ides of March  
577 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
566 The Iron Lady
559 Mission: Impossible Ghost protocol

The Artist




Category: Young Adult Fiction
Number of 

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green               

58 Nevermore: the Final Maximum Ride Adventure by James Patterson
44 Insurgent by Veronica Roth
43 Twisted by Sara Shepard
41 Warriors: Skyclan & the Stranger. #3, After the Flood created by Erin Hunter   [Graphic Novel]
35 Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
34 The Enchantress by Michael Scott
34 One piece. Vol. 60, [Paramount War. Part 4], My little brother by story and art by Eiichiro Oda [Graphic Novel]   
31 Skip beat! V. 26 Story & Art by Yoshiki Nakamura.[Graphic Novel] 

Arisa V. 6 by Natsumi Ando [Graphic Novel]             


Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore


Black bird. Vol. 12 Story and Art by Kanoko Sakurakouji

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

28 Pretty guardian Sailor Moon V. 3 by Naoko Takeuchi [Graphic Novel]
28 Soul Eater. V. 8 by Atsushi Ohkubo [translation, Jack Wiedrick   lettering, Alexis Eckerman] [Graphic Novel]


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Ellen Wheeler December 30, 2012 at 07:58 PM
It's great to know that so many people are reading! Thanks for this fascinating article.
Claudia Cruz December 30, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Thanks for your comment Ellen! What did you read this year that you recommend?


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