JMRL has had a busy year with over a million patron visits and 1,539,623 materials lent out from January to November. Here are the books that were checked out the most in 2015:
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – Obsessively watching a breakfasting couple every day to escape the pain of her losses, Rachel witnesses a shocking event that inextricably entangles her in the lives of strangers.
- All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – A blind French girl on the run from the German occupation and a German orphan-turned-Resistance tracker struggle with respective beliefs after meeting on the Brittany coast.
- Gray Mountain by John Grisham – Losing her job at New York City’s largest law firm in the weeks after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, Samantha becomes an unpaid intern in a small Appalachian community where she stumbles upon dangerous secrets.
- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo – Presents a guide to cleaning and organizing a living space, discussing best methods for decluttering and the impact that an organized home can have on mood and physical and mental health.
- Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande – A prominent surgeon argues against modern medical practices that extend life at the expense of quality of life while isolating the dying, outlining suggestions for freer, more fulfilling approaches to death that enable more dignified and comfortable choices.
- Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson – A chronicle of the sinking of the Lusitania discusses the factors that led to the tragedy and the contributions of such figures as Woodrow Wilson, bookseller Charles Lauriat, and architect Theodate Pope Riddle.
YOUNG ADULT FICTION
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – Despite the medical miracle that has bought her a few more years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, but when Augustus Waters suddenly appears at the Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be rewritten.
- Paper Towns by John Green – High school senior Quentin “Q” Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, his neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then disappears.
- If I Stay by Gayle Forman – While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weighs whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney – The Heffley family road trip starts off full of promise, then quickly takes several wrong turns, but even the worst road trip can turn into an adventure, and this is one the Heffleys will not soon forget.
- El Deafo by Cece Bell – The author recounts in graphic novel format her experiences with hearing loss at a young age, including using a bulky hearing aid, learning how to lip read, and determining her “superpower.”
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney – Greg Heffley tells about his summer vacation and his attempts, after his return to middle school, to keep his older brother Rodrick from telling everyone about Greg’s most humiliating experience of the summer.