Top 10 Most Popular Books, DVDs & Audiobooks

Move over New York Times bestseller list, it’s time for the annual Bentley Library Top 10! Each May we query our database to find out which books, audiobooks and DVDs have circulated the most times during the academic year (excluding any items placed on reserve for a class).  There are many ties in the rankings this year, so each of the lists includes more than ten titles, giving you even more to choose from.

This year’s most popular fiction included top10-2012-2013blockbusters by J. K. Rowling, Gillian Flynn and E. L. James. In nonfiction, Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t Stop Talking and Cheryl Strayed’s Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail appeared on the both the books and audiobooks lists.  Remarkably, Malcolm Gladwell’s The Outliers landed in the Top 10 for a fourth consecutive year!

Books that were released as movies fared well, including Life of Pi, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Hunger Games and Cloud Atlas. The Top 10 DVDs list is an interesting mix of TV series and movies, from Downton Abbey to The Game of Thrones and The Avengers to The Iron Lady.

Compiling the Top 10 lists is one of our favorite annual activities; we hope you enjoy them as much as we do!  Browse the BENTLEY LIBRARY TOP 10 lists for academic year 2012-2013 in the categories of Popular Reading, Stacks (regular book collection), Audiobooks, Popular DVDs, OverDrive Downloadable eBooks and OverDrive Downloadable Audiobooks:

Top 10 Most Circulated Books from the Popular Reading Collection

Top 10 Most Circulated Books from the Stacks

Top 10 Most Circulated Audiobooks [CD and Playaway]

Top 10 Most Circulated DVDs from the Popular DVD Collection

Top 10 Downloaded eBooks (OverDrive)
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  • 1.     (tie) THE ART FORGER by B. A. Shaprio
  • 1.     (tie) CLOUD ATLAS by David Mitchell
  • 1.     (tie) LIFE OF PI by Yann Martel
  • 1.     (tie) LIVE BY NIGHT by Dennis Lehane
  • 5.     (tie) THE 19TH WIFE by David Ebsershoff
  • 5.     (tie) THE END OF MONEY by David Wolman
  • 5.     (tie) THE RACKETEER by John Grisham
  • 5.     (tie) WHO STOLE THE AMERICAN DREAM? by Hedrick Smith
  • 9.     (tie) THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT by Mark Haddon
  • 9.     (tie) THE DINNER by Herman Koch
  • 9.     (tie) THE END OF YOUR LIFE BOOK CLUB by Will Schwalbe
  • 9.     (tie) HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET by Jamie Ford
  • 9.     (tie) THE WORLD WE FOUND by Thrity Umrigar

Top 10 Downloaded Audiobooks (OverDrive)
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  • 2.     (tie) FALL OF GIANTS by Ken Follett
  • 2.     (tie) THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK by Matthew Quick
  • 2.     (tie) A WEEK IN WINTER by Maeve Binchy
  • 2.     (tie) WORLD WAR Z by Max Brooks
  • 6.     (tie) ANTIFRAGILE: THINGS THAT GAIN FROM DISORDER by Nassim Nicholas
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  • 6.     (tie) ARGO by Antonio Mendez
  • 6.     (tie) THE ART FORGER by B. A. Shapiro
  • 6.     (tie) BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS by Kurt Vonnegut
  • 6.     (tie)  THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA by Lauren Weisberger
  • 6.     (tie) THE FORGOTTEN by David Baldacci
  • 6.     (tie) THE RACKETEER by John Grisham

2 thoughts to “Top 10 Most Popular Books, DVDs & Audiobooks”

  1. Thanks Lisa! Much appreciated … You keep me up-to-date with the wonderful services Bentley has to offer. So grateful that I can still have a connection with the library even though I now live on the west coast.

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