Sunday, August 04, 2019

We have a winner

The curtain has come down on this year's library book sale. Every year there's a book that my neighbors donate in big numbers. I am ready to reveal which title wins that dubious honor.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Again. Just like last year ... and the year before ... and 2014.

In 2018, it was The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
In 2017, it was The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
In 2016, it was The Help.
In 2015, it was The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.
In 2014, it was the first appearance of The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo
In 2013, it was The DaVinci Code.
In 2012, it was Sixkill by Robert B. Parker (a Spenser mystery).
In 2011, it was The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. 
In 2010, it was Scarlett, the Sequel to Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind. 
In 2009, it was My Life by Bill Clinton.
In 2008, it was The Da Vinci Code.
In 2007, it was The Nanny Diaries.
In 2006, it was The Corrections. 

What does this mean? I suspect that people are still buying and reading it, but no one wants to re-read it or feels any need to refer back to it.
It must be noted that almost all the copies I saw this year were paperbacks. In 2018 both hardcovers and paperbacks dominated the tables. This could mean that Stieg Larsson's dominance in this category could be waning and maybe next year I'll have different news to report.


  1. The book nerd in me LOVES that you keep track of this. :)

  2. I think it probably reflects regional trends, too, because I'm not sure what specific book took that honor at our library's sale but I am sure that it was either a James Patterson or Nora Roberts novel. There is always, always, always an overabundance of both. Oddly, I saw several copies of "Hillbilly Elegy" this year (one of them was mine). I didn't think it would be one that people in this area would have bought since we live in the rustbelt area examined in the book...and not always in a particularly flattering way.