Data Tracker

See the books Sacramento library patrons checked out the most in 2014

By Phillip Reese -

This combo made of book cover images provided by Vintage Books shows the "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy by best-selling author E L James.
This combo made of book cover images provided by Vintage Books shows the "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy by best-selling author E L James. AP Photo/Vintage Books

Sacramento Public Library patrons couldn't get enough of John Grisham and Fifty Shades of Grey last year.

Grisham, the king of legal thrillers, wrote the most-circulated print book at the Sacramento Public Library last year: "Sycamore Row," a sequel to his early novel "A Time to Kill." It was one of Grisham's best-received novels of late, earning an average of 4.5 stars from about 16,000 readers.

"Fifty Shades of Grey" is a racy, adults-only series that few Sacramento library patrons dared to bring to the circulation desk -- but that got checked out in droves in e-book format.

The most-circulated non-fiction title was Cheryl Strayed's "Wild," a story of her journey on the Pacific Crest Trail. It's been made into a movie starring Reese Witherspoon.

Here's a full list of the most popular Sacramento Public Library books of 2014. The links will take you to each book's library catalog entry.

Top 20 Print Books – Fiction (Adult and YA)

Sycamore Row” by John Grisham

W is for Wasted” by Sue Grafton

Takedown Twenty” by Janet Evanovich

Inferno” by Dan Brown

The Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith

NYPD Red” by James Patterson and Marshall Karp

The Gods of Guilt” by Michael Connelly

Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn

Gone” by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

Cross my Heart” by James Patterson

And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini

Doctor Sleep” by Stephen King

Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins

King and Maxwell” by David Baldacci

The Longest Ride” by Nicholas Sparks

Artemis Fowl” by Eoin Colfer

The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt

Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins

Mistress” by James Patterson and David Ellis

Storm Front” by John Sandford

Top 10 Virtual books

All formats. (eBooks and eAudiobooks)

 “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E. L. James           

Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn

Inferno” by Dan Brown                                

The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green        

Fifty Shades Darker” by E. L. James

Fifty Shades Freed” by E. L. James

The Heist” by Daniel Silva    

The Goldfinch: A Novel” (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) by Donna Tratt

Divergent” by Veronica Roth

Fifty Shades Trilogy Bundle” by E. L. James

Top 10 Print Books – Nonfiction

Wild” by Cheryl Strayed

Zealot” by Reza Aslan

Orange is the New Black” by Piper Kerman

Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand

Quiet” by Susan Cain

The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg

Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls” by David Sedaris

Cooked” by Jeff Henderson

A Street Cat Named Bob : And How He Saved my Life” by James Bowen

Top 10 Children’s Book Series

Diary of a Wimpy Kid” by Jeff Kinney

Junie B., First Grader” by Barbara Park

Babymouse” by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

Big Nate” by Lincoln Peirce

Pinkalicious” by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann

Fancy Nancy” by Jane O’Connor

Pete the Cat” by James Dean

Dork Diaries” by Rachel Renee Russell

Cork & Fuzz” by Dori Chaconas

Dr. Seuss (top title: Green Eggs and Ham)” by Dr. Seuss

      Source: Sacramento Public Library