Press Release

January 9, 2001

Top 20 Circulating Fiction & Nonfiction Books in 2000 Announced

What were the most popular fiction and nonfiction books for adults that readers checked out last year from the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County?

For the third year in a row, John Grisham was the most widely read fiction author. His novel Brethren circulated 4,329 times, while Frank McCourt's 'Tis: A Memoir, was borrowed 1,437 times. Grisham's legal thrillers Testament and The Street Lawyer also topped the list in 1999 and 1998 respectively, and Testament came in at number 20 this past year. McCourt's Angela's Ashes: A Memoir, the runaway number one nonfiction title in 1999, remained very popular this year, ranking at number two most circulating nonfiction title.

This year's publishing phenomenon - Harry Potter - is not factored into this list as it is categorized as a young adult book, even though it is as widely sought after by adults as younger readers. Indeed, the demand for Harry Potter books was astounding. In 2000, the Library's Harry Potter books in print and on tape and CD circulated 21,977 times.

"Mysteries and romances continue to be the most frequently requested novels by our Library users," said Director/Librarian Kimber L. Fender. "Tracking circulation trends and assessing changing tastes in reading helps us be more responsive to our users and to be sure to meet current reading interests and demands. We want to always encourage our readers to stop by often by offering a wide selection of their favorite authors and a great choice of new books as well as old favorites."

Top 20 Fiction 2000

Top 20 Nonfiction 2000

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