The end of the year is here and I'm taking a look through our statistics to see which books were the most popular here in Titusville!
10. Wicked by Jennifer Armentrout
Coming in with a modest six check-outs this year is Jennifer Armentrout's Wicked. The tenth spot on this list is actually a tie between fourteen different books that were all checked out the same amount of times in 2018. Some of these titles are staples of YA, such as Eragon, a few titles by Rick Riordan and John Green's latest novel, Turtles All the Way Down. I thought Wicked was an interesting choice among those, but maybe it's popularity this year is due in part to the fact that the cover reminds me of The Shape of Water, which won an Academy Award for Best Picture in 2018.
9. Unwholly by Neal Shusterman
The next four titles all tied with seven check-outs this year. Unwholly is the second book in Neal Shusterman's Unwind series. I read the first book in this dystopian series when I was student teaching and I have always wanted to go back to it. I remember being impressed by the hard-hitting ethical questions this series brought to light for teens.
8. Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
Neal Shusterman makes it on this year's top ten list with three separate titles this year! I'm not sure what prompted the popularity of Shusterman's dystopian fiction in 2018, but I will say I didn't see it coming! This title is the second book in Shusterman's Arc of a Scythe series.
7. To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
I loved reading Jenny Han's To All the Boys I've Loved Before trilogy in 2018! These books are all focused on the quirky Lara Jean and her struggle to cope with her various crushes in high school; after her younger sister mails out love letters she wrote in order to get over them in the first place! This book's popularity in Titusville was no doubt spurred on by the release of Netflix's movie adaptation of the book.
6. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Becky Albertalli's popularity increased with the success of her first book, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and its movie adaptation, Love, Simon. While I'm surprised that title did not make this year's top ten list, I'm not surprised to see that Albertalli's books are still hitting home and resonating with the young adults of our community. (Seriously, I need to read more of her books!)
5. They Both Die At the End by Adam Silvera
This book seems to be getting everyone's attention by spoiling the ending in its' own title. Who wants to read a book when you already know that the two main characters are going a die? Well, that would be 8 people in Titusville, myself included! The whole concept of this book is slightly morbid, but it also manages to be a cute, LGBT-centered romance that asks readers what it means to live.
4. Scythe by Neal Shusterman
I'll be honest, this book has been on my TBR list since it came out and I still haven't gotten to it. (So many books, so little time!) Scythe takes place in a dystopian world where there is no war or illness, and the only way a person can be killed is by being selected by a person known as a "scythe". The book follows two teens who have been forced into being apprentices for scythes.
3. Hotbloods by Bella Forest
Hotbloods is the first in a series involving vampire romance. In fact, all of the top three books on this list are about vampires, much to Miss Becky's dismay.
2. Marked by P.C. Cast
Also vampires, but I do have to admit to reading this one in high school. I think they were still coming out with more books in the series back then, so I don't think I ever finished the entire series. Maybe Miss Becky will have to crack down and read about vampires in 2019 after all. (What!?)
And the top book of 2018 was...
1. A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forest
Congratulations to the top book, and keep on reading what makes you happy, book lovers!