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Books and Reading

Information to help you find a book to read.

Spend some time browsing the links on the left to find suggestions for a good book to read.  We enjoy reading just as much as you do and we'd love to talk to you about books. Stop into the library to see our displays of featured books, or talk to a librarian about what you're reading, or to get ideas on what to read next.

As we look back at 2013, the following titles are some of the adult books checked out most at the Alton Public Library:

  •     Fly Away by Kristin Hannah
  •     Iron Lake by William Krueger
  •     The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
  •     That Certain Summer by Irene Hannon
  •     Red Velvet Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke
  •     Calling me Home by Julie Kibler
  •     Starting Now by Debbie Macomber
  •     The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman
  •     Alex Cross, Run by James Patterson
  •     Footprints in the Sand by Mary Jane Clark
  •     Falling Home by Karen White
  •     The Last Summer by Judith Kinghorn
  •     Not by Sight by Kathy Herman
  •     A Place to Belong by Lauraine Snelling
  •     Safe in His Arms by Colleen Coble
These young adult books were checked out most at the Alton Public Library during 2013 :

  •     The Fault in our Stars by John Green
  •     Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
  •     An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  •     The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  •     The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  •     Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult
  •     Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  •     Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
  •     The Kings of Clonmel by John Flanagan
  •     The Lost Files by Pittacus Lore
These junior fiction books were checked out most at the Alton Public Library during 2013 :

  •     Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  The Third Wheel and the Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney
  •     Big Nate on a Roll by Lincoln Peirce
  •     Tales from a Not-So-Graceful Princess and Tales from a Not-So-Popular Party Girl by Rachel Renee Russell
  •     Fire and Ice by Erin Hunter
  •     Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  Greg Heffley’s Journal by Jeff Kinney
  •     Lego Rise of the Serpentine by Greg Farshtey
  •     Snowball by Ellen Miles
  •     The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker
The following titles made the ten top movies of 2013 to be checked out:

  •     Pitch Perfect
  •     Hotel Transylvania
  •     Safe Haven
  •     Parental Guidance
  •     The Smurfs
  •     Wreck-It Ralph
  •     Despicable Me
  •     Rise of the Guardians
  •     Tangled
  •     Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days