What’s Trending at Cheshire Public Library


Do you ever wonder what your fellow patrons are reading?  Or what’s getting checked out the most?  Well, welcome to our new What’s Trending feature! We’re starting off with authors: the top 10 most popular during the previous month and how many times their books circulated. Click the author’s name for a list of their books.

james patterson James Patterson – 145 circulations.  In 2011, it was estimated that one-in-four of all hardcover suspense/thriller novels sold were written by James Patterson. He is the first author to achieve ten million ebook sales, and he holds the Guinness record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers of any author. And his success isn’t based solely on thrillers like the perennially popular Alex Cross, Women’s Murder Club, and Michael Bennett series. Patterson is now also the current bestselling author in the young adult and middle grade categories.

mary higgins clarkMary Higgins Clark – 52 circulations.  An author of over thirty-five suspense novels and four collections of short stories, each one of her books has been a best seller and many of them have been made into feature films or TV movies.  She has sold over 100 million copies and has eighteen honorary doctorates!


janet evanovichJanet Evanovich – 49 circulations.  Although she started out as a Romance author, she now known for her contemporary mysteries featuring Stephanie Plum.  She also writes the Lizzy and Diesel series,  the Alexandra Barnaby novels, as well as the Fox and O’Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg. Note: Go read her bio on her website. It’s hysterical.

david baldacciDavid Baldacci – 47 circulations.  A best-selling author who writes thrilling suspense books.  He has carried over the suspense theme into several children’s books as well.  Several of his titles have been adapted for film and television.  He has over one hundred and ten million books in print.

nora robertsNora Roberts – 46 circulations.  This prolific author writes several genres within the Romance genre.  She also writes Mysteries under the pen name of J. D. Robb.  Her books are consistently on the top seller lists.  She was the first author inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame.  See a previous post here.

debbie macomberDebbie Macomber – 44 circulations.   She is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, she brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope.

john grishamJohn Grisham – 43 circulations.   A former lawyer, he began his writing career as a hobby after hearing about a court case in 1984.  His hobby quickly became his career after he sold the film rights of his book, The Firm.  He started writing legal thrillers for children ages 9-12 in 2010.

danielle steelDanielle Steel – 39 circulations.   She’s currently the best selling author alive and the fourth bestselling author of all time, with over 800 million copies sold.   Her formula is fairly consistent, often involving rich families facing a crisis, threatened by dark elements such as jail, fraud, blackmail and suicide.

robert b. parkerRobert B. Parker – 37 circulations.   Long acknowledged as the dean of American crime fiction, he was named Grand Master of the Edgar Awards in 2002 by the Mystery Writers of America.  He was renowned for his Spenser novels, featuring the wise-cracking, street-smart Boston private-eye, which  was turned into the television series, Spencer: For Hire. He wrote 9 novels based on the character Jesse Stone and 6 novels based on the character Sunny Randall.

clive cusslerClive Cussler – 35 circulations.   An adventure novelist and underwater explorer, his thriller novels, many featuring the character Dirk Pitt, have reached The New York Times fiction best-seller list more than 20 times.


How’s this list stack up against what you’ve checked out recently?  Any of your favorite authors here?  Let us know who your favorite author is.

Top Audiobook Picks Around the World

Do they even HAVE audiobooks in other countries?  They most certainly do!  Here are the number-one audiobook requests from iTunes around the world, so grab your earphones and go global with these best sellers. Can’t find it? Request it!  We’d be happy to get it for you!

UK Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy – Helen Fielding   Bridget Jones has hit middle age, facing the challenges of single parenthood and re-entering the dating world with all its technological traps in this funny and enjoyable sequel.

FranceInferno   Brown takes on Dante Alighieri and his Divine Comedy as Robert Langdon races through Italy to solve the clues and save the world from a terrorist plot to infect the world in his latest mystery thriller.

CanadaWinners – Danielle Steele    Steele weaves together a tale of loneliness and companionship as a surgeon and her patient’s father are faced with grief and tragedy, and learn to live again.

Ireland The Garden Party and Other Stories – Maeve Binchy.     A collection of short stories by best-selling author Maeve Binchy. Stories included are: The Garden Party read by Niamh Cusack; The Special Sale read by Dervla Kirwan; The Sensible Celebration read by Doreen Hepburn and Dollys Mother read by Stella McCusker.

Portugal The Blood Crows Simon Scarrow    Two thousand years ago, Prefect Cato fights with native tribes to maintain Roman control over Londinium and England. Back in Rome, Emperor Claudius struggles to maintain his empire with or without England.

SwedenThe Alchemist – Paulo Coelho     Santiago, a simple Andalusian shepherd boy, dreams of  finding the greatest worldly treasure ever discovered. From Spain he travels to the markets of Tangiers, across the Egyptian desert,  to a fateful encounter with the mysterious alchemist.

NetherlandsThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon    A moderately autistic boy witnesses a crime, and struggles to make understanding of what he saw.

Greece Jonathan Livingston Seagull – Richard Bach    The 197o best-seller about the spiritual journey of a seagull, who thinks soaring is a loftier goal in life than eating. A short book of few words, it packs a powerful punch as the seagull learns to realize that sometimes personal goals may not be popular with those around you, but the journey of self-discovery is sometimes the loftiest goal of all.

GermanyThe 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson.    In order to avoid his 100th birthday party, Allan Karlsson climbs out the window of his room at the nursing home, heads to the bus stop, steals a suitcase from a fellow passenger and winds up on a strange and sometimes dangerous adventure, which is nothing new to a man with a lot of history under his belt.

DenmarkThe Preacher by Camilla Lackberg     A child stumbles upon the body of a murdered woman.  Soon two more bodies are discovered, and another girl disappears.  Can the constable find the murderer and find the missing girl before it’s too late?