Richmond Reads

What Richmond’s Reading: Summer 2016

Does your public library have an active blog? Do the bloggers write amazing posts about ergodic literature and getting recommendations from author obituaries? I think I kind of luck out with the gems Richmond Public Library’s blog serves up, but my favorite was a list of the top ten books checked out in 2015, including lists for each individual branch. I’m still fascinated by it several months later and keep wishing I had a monthly version to geek out over.

Richmond Reads Summer

Enter my online library account! It’s been there forever, but I just recently noticed a “What Others Are Reading” link that shows the system’s most frequently used books over the last three months.

Magic by Danielle Steel
Today I Will Fly! by Mo Willems
I Will Take a Nap! by Mo Willems
Belgravia by Julian Fellowes
Are You Ready to Play Outside? by Mo Willems
A Sinful Calling by Kimberla Lawson Roby
A Big Guy Took My Ball! by Mo Willems
Tales From a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess by Rachel Renee Russell
My Friend is Sad by Mo Willems
Make Me Love You by Johanna Lindsey
I Am Invited To a Party! by Mo Willems
I Am Going! by Mo Willems
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney
Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
Your Pal Mo Willems Presents Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems
Waiting is Not Easy! by Mo Willems
The Pursuit by Janet Evanovich
The Perfect Mistress by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
The Charmers by Elizabeth Adler

So much Mo Willems! No James Patterson! I’m not a kid lit person—is Mo Willems a superstar or is Richmond just strangely in love with him? I really wonder how much summer impacts this, since there weren’t any kids books on the year end list from 2015. I imagine there’s an uptick in kid lit during the summer months, no? Library friends? Also interesting, but not necessarily surprising, is the absence of books like Emma Cline’s The Girls, which seems like it’s absolutely everywhere (though there are a ton of holds, I checked). We’ll see what things look like in the Fall!

Have you checked out your library’s stats? Anything surprising?