Top 10 ebooks OverDrive Digital Library January 2015

By Peter SM RSS Fri, February 13, 2015

Here are the Top 10 ebooks downloaded from the Free Library's OverDrive Digital Library in January 2015.

More than 69,000 ebooks were checked out and downloaded last month!

The first month of the new year found the Romance genre on top again, ranging from modern to classic tales of love, from familiar authors such as Sherryl Woods, Diana Palmer, and Debbie Macomber. Four titles from the Historical Fiction genre garnered spots on this month's list, crisscrossing genres with some Mystery and Suspense plot elements for good measure. One lone nonfiction title rounded out this month's most downloaded ebooks, a must read for those looking for tips and strategies to help organize their lives and declutter their homes.

The following list comprises titles from across all genres, downloaded from both our website and mobile site.

1. The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion The Rosie Effect (fiction, romance)
by Graeme Simsion

The sequel to The Rosie Project, a modern day romance tale with a twist, The Rosie Effect finds the previous novel's couple married and expecting their first child. Don's scientific mind and unusual research style is at the forefront here, as he wants to know everything he can about how to be a father. A cast of wacky characters and situations adds to the humor throughout this feel good romantic comedy in novel form.

2. Dogwood Hill by Sherryl Woods Dogwood Hill (fiction, romance)
by Sherryl Woods

The 12th book in the Chesapeake Shores series is full of secrets and betrayals. A former pro football quarterback, Aidan, arrives in town to take a high school coaching job and falls for the recently brokenhearted, Liz. Will love triumph as the two look beyond the past and reach for the future?

3. Saving Grace by Jane Green Saving Grace (fiction, suspense)
by Jane Green

A dark and complex novel in the vain of Gone Girl, Saving Grace chronicles the trials and tribulations of a married couple who both harbor devastating secrets that could destroy each other's lives. Marriage, meltdowns, temptation, and insanity abound in this twist-filled tome.

4. As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust (historical fiction, mystery thriller) by Alan Bradley

Making our list again this month is our favorite female sleuth and Gothic busybody, Flavia de Luce! Shipped off to Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy boarding school in Canada, it's not long before Flavia finds herself looking for suspects, motives, and means when a mummified corpse tumbles out of a bedroom chimney. Is the boarding school haunted or are the faculty at fault? The truth may just be stranger than fiction!

5. The Best Is Yet to Come by Diana Palmer The Best Is Yet to Come (fiction, romance)
by Diana Palmer

This classic romance tells the story of a secretary and business tycoon whose unrequited love and lust propel a tale that spans many years. Their passion finally overwhelms them when they reconnect years later, but can the two make it last for and live the proverbial happily ever after?

6. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (nonfiction, self-improvement) by Marie Kondo

A step-by-step method for simplifying, organizing, and storing everything in your world. With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home, as well as the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.

7. Farthing by Jo Walton Farthing (historical fiction, mystery)
by Jo Walton

A genre-crossing work of historical fiction first published in 2006, Jo Walton’s Farthing is a dark alternate history set in a postwar England sliding into fascism. The upper-crust families of the “Farthing set” have their idyllic lives interrupted when the eminent Sir James Thirkie is found dead. But who is the murderer? A Scotland Yard Inspector is on the whodunit case along with the reader, with questions and theories swirling until the final pages.

8. Reflections of Yesterday by Debbie Macomber Reflections of Yesterday (fiction, romance)
by Debbie Macomber

This moving novel of heartbreak and hope is a classic romantic story that will tug at readers' heartstrings. Twelve years have passed since Angie fled her hometown of Groves Point, South Carolina, with ten thousand dollars and a broken heart. Simon has become anger and bitter since Angie left all those years ago. Can the two forgive each other and learn to love again?

9. The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy (historical fiction, romance) by Julia Quinn

Sir Richard Kenworthy has less than a month to find a bride. When he sees Iris Smythe-Smith, he falls in love at first sight. When he proposes marriage, her heart tells her yes, but her brain tells her not all is at it seems with her suitor. A stylish Regency romance romp sure to entertain.

10. A Fine Summer's Day by Charles Todd A Fine Summer's Day (historical fiction, mystery) by Charles Todd

The story of Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge's final case before the beginning of World War I unfolds is full of mystery and intrigue. A series of seemingly unconnected murders have begun to occur across England. With every moment at stake, Rutledge sets out to investigate. The fateful events that then transpire will force him to choose between the Yard and his country, between love and duty, and between honor and truth.

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It seems the latest update for the most popular books of the month ended in January, 2015. You ask above what e-books (non-audio) I am most looking forward to reading so here's my wish list: Stephanie Laurens Cynster New Generation books ( A Match for Marcus Cynster, The Tempting of Thomas Carrick), MARY BALOGH'S ONLY a PROMISE (OUT 5/15), NARY JO PUTNEY LOST LORDS SERIES bOOK 7 NOT ALWAYS A SAINT (8/25), Eloisa James 4 Nights with the Duke (4/15). Many romance genre books these days have 4,5, 6 or more books in each series. It might be unrealistic to think PFL can order all of them but many of us look forward to the continuing characters of the series having their own book(s). I'm sure your librarians keep abreast of the top seller booklists and are aware of the popularity of titles so that would give you a good indication of which books readers would be interested to download.
Patti Fox - NJ
Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Thanks for your comment Patti! We were away for a bit with these monthly top downloaded ebook rundowns, but we just started up again today on the blog with May's Top Downloaded 10 ebooks. You can also send us requests for books to order for our ebook collections via this link:
Peter SM - Philadelphia, PA
Friday, June 5, 2015