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What books have found the most readers in the last year?  Among writers of fiction for adults, we find the usual list of suspects with a few others added for spice.

The Twilight phenomenon continued throughout 2009-10.  Stephenie Meyer’s “Eclipse” was the single most popular title, borrowed a whopping 97 times.  Readers checked out the other books in the Twilight series almost as frequently.  “New Moon” ranked #2, with 79 circulations, “Breaking Dawn” ranked #4, with 67 checkouts, and “Twilight” held 5th place with 60 checkouts.

James Patterson squeezed into 3d place with “Swimsuit”, with 70 circulations.

Dan Brown’s “The Lost Symbol” captured 6th place.  Readers borrowed this sequel to “The Da Vinci Code” 59 times.

The latest entry in Janet Evanovich’s mystery series starring bail bondsman Stephanie Plum, “Finger Lickin’ Fifteen” was borrowed 57 times last year, putting it in 7th place.

Nicholas Sparks’ latest, “The Last Song”, ranked #8, being checked out 48 times.

James Patterson finishes out the Top Ten with “Alex Cross’s Trial”, borrowed 47 times, at spot #9, and “I, Alex Cross” ranking #10, borrowed 45 times.

The next eight most frequently borrowed books bring a smidge of variety to our list.

Sandra Brown’s “Smash Cut” reached 11th place, borrowed 44 times.

12th place is shared by “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett, and “Black Hills” by Nora Roberts, each borrowed 42 times.  Our Tazewell book discussion group will be talking about “The Help”, set in the South during the 1960s, this week.

Three titles share 13th place: Patricia Cornwell’s “Scarpetta Factor”, Catherine Coulter’s “Knockout”, and Iris Johansen’s “Blood Game”.  Each was borrowed 39 times.

Mary Higgins Clark shares 14th place with James Patterson for “Just Take My Heart” and “Worst Case”, each checked out 38 times.

15th place goes to Robin Cook for “Intervention” and John Grisham for “Ford County”, each borrowed 37 times.

J. A. Jance’s “Fire and Ice” and Danielle Steel’s “Southern Lights” rank #16, each book having been borrowed 36 times.

Four books share the 17th spot: “Cousin’s Prayer” and “Cousin’s Promise” by Wanda Brumstetter, Sue Grafton’s “U Is for Undertow”, and Debbie Macomber’s “Perfect Christmas”, each checked out 35 times.

Lisa Gardner’s “Neighbor” and Debbie Macomber’s “Summer on Blossom Street” rank #18, each borrowed 34 times.

So, for TCPL readers, Stephenie Meyer and James Patterson remain the hottest storytellers.  But there are so many more who tell captivating tales.  We invite you to visit us at or call 988-2541 for these and many other good reads.

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