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Friday, 17 December 2010

The Bookette's Guide to ... Popular Books This Term

It is officially my Christmas Holidays. Yay! It has been a very long term and it is nice to finally have a little time for blogging. Anyway before I left work yesterday I printed a list of the most popular books by gender. A while back Christina @ Confessions of a Book Addict did a post about what her students have enjoyed reading and I thought it would be cool to do the same. So what follows is a list of books read by my students aged 9 - 13 since September. #1 being the most borrowed book etc...

The Boys:


  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books 1 – 5 by Jeff Kinney
  2. Captain Underpants (the whole series) by Dav Pilkey
  3. Percy Jackson (the whole series) by Rick Riordan
  4. Skulduggery Pleasant: Dark Days by Derek Landy
  5. Striker: Sudden Death by Nick Hale
  6. The Devil and his Boy by Anthony Horowitz
  7. Young Samurai (the whole series) by Chris Bradford
  8. Farticus Maximus by Felice Arena
  9. Finding the Fox by Ali Sparkes
  10. When I Was Joe by Keren David
The Girls:


  1. Cherry Crush by Cathy Cassidy
  2. Dizzy by Cathy Cassidy
  3. Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell
  4. Fangtastic! (My Sister's a Vampire) by Sienna Mercer
  5. Angel Cake by Cathy Cassidy
  6. The Longest Whale Song by Jacqueline Wilson
  7. My Name is Mina by David Almond
  8. Allie Finkles Rules for Girls (whole series) by Meg Cabot
  9. Driftwood by Cathy Cassidy
  10. The Ashleys by Melissa de la Cruz
Funny books have definitely been the biggest request this half term. The power of the Wimpy Kid...

13 comments:

Thomas Taylor said...

Fascinating! Thanks for posting this, and Happy Christmas!

cj'alhafiz said...

Impressive!! Diary of the wimpy kid are there!!

my latest review: HERE

Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read said...

Wow, cool lists! I am a sucker for lists, always wanting to know about most read books and so on. It's interesting to see what boys like and what girls like. They don't have a book in common, hm. Hehe, Captain Underpants is epic, I remember reading that myself. I'm surprised Percy didn't make it to the girls' list. I know quite a few girls/young women who love the Percy Jackson books. Including you.:)

P.S. Yay for Christmas holidays!

Christina/Book Addict said...

Thanks for the shout out! :) It's interesting to see what is read in my classroom vs. your library. Diary of a Wimpy kid is popular over here as well as the Percy Jackson series. I haven't heard of some of the "girly" books though. Thanks for sharing this! Enjoy your time off!

Library Mice said...

My son (8) is a big Wimpy Kid fan!
Looking forward to sharing mine :0)

Kat said...

Great list! Funny books do seem to have taken the popularity crown lately, especially among MG readers. I find Diary of a Wimpy Kid's popularity pretty funny, because when I remember going on Funbrain.com (a kids' educational site) when I was about ten and reading the entirety of the first two books in the Wimpy Kid series. All for free! Humble beginnings, I guess. :)

Anita Marion Loughrey said...

Great list. Very interesting to see the things they are choosing and to compare the differences between teh boys and the girls. Thanks for poting this. :)

Clover said...

What a fun, fun list and an excellent idea for a post, I love it :)

Nina said...

That's indeed a very cool idea. I only have read one book and that's Striker: Sudden Death by Nick Hale! lol.

Amused said...

This was a great list for me to see as I have some more Christmas shopping to do for some little cousins!

Kay (Dead Book Darling) said...

I was happy to see that Twilight was not on your girls list! It's nice to know that the under-14s aren't there yet....

Michele Helene (Verilion) said...

I was glad to see My name is Mina in there. I might add that to my list of reads for 2011.

Lauren said...

Those Wimpy Kid books are everywhere! I have absolutely zero idea what they're about, but I keep seeing them to the point that I probably should look 'em up or something. I've actually bought my niece some of the My Sister's A Vampire books because they look *so* fun, and I do want to read Angel Cake. Interesting how different the two lists are.