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  • Updated: January 30, 2013 - 6:17 PM

Unbroken is the only non-fiction title in the top 25 for two years.


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Two local authors took the first three spots in the Hennepin County Library tabulations of the top titles checked out in 2012.

Vince Flynn snagged the top spot with "Kill Shot: An American Assassin Thriller." John Sandford took the next two spots with "Stolen Prey" and "Shock Wave." Fourth place was "Explosive Eighteen," a Stephanie Plum novel by Janet Evanovich.

Mysteries and thrillers dominated the list, which was released Wednesday. Exceptions were "Fifty Shades of Grey," "The Help," "State of Wonder," "Room" and "Cutting for Stone."

The library tabulated the top 25 adult, teen, children's and very young children's titles checked out in 2012. The lists showed consistency from the previous year with 24 of the top 25 titles being fiction.

The one nonfiction title in the top 25 for the two years was "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption."

Jeff Kinney's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books took the top six children's spots in 2012. Books by fantasy writers J.K. Rowling and Mary Pope Osborne monopolized most of the remaining places in the children's top 25 list of 2012.

Most of the top circulating titles are available at Hennepin County Library in more than one format, including regular print, large print, audio and some e-book. To reserve one or more of the titles, go to and click on Library Catalog.

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    1. "Kill Shot: An American Assassin Thriller" by Vince Flynn

    2. "Stolen Prey" by John Sandford

    3. "Shock Wave" by John Sandford

    4. "Explosive Eighteen," a Stephanie Plum novel by Janet Evanovich

    5. "V Is for Vengeance" by Sue Grafton

    6. "The Litigators" by John Grisham

    7. "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James

    8. "Private: #1 Suspect" by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

    9. "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett

    10. "Lone Wolf" by Jodi Picoult

    11. "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn

    12. "State of Wonder" by Ann Patchett

    13. "Cutting for Stone" by Abraham Verghese

    14. "The Affair" by Lee Child

    15. "Room" by Emma Donoghue

    16. "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption" by Laura Hillenbrand

    17. "Love in a Nutshell" by Janet Evanovich

    18. "Private Games" by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan

    19. "Buried Prey" by John Sandford

    20. "Northwest Angle" by William Kent Krueger

    21. "Guilty Wives" by James Patterson and David Ellis

    22. "Kill Alex Cross" by James Patterson

    23. "Zero Day" by David Baldacci

    24. "The Drop" by Michael Connelly

    25. "The Best of Me" by Nicholas Sparks

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