If you’re a reader, you’re probably always on the hunt for a good book. And recommendations are usually pretty welcome.
Wollongong Council has released the following list of the most-borrowed books at local libraries in 2015.
Here’s what they had to say….
A novel set in Thirroul and another book by local author Noel Beddoe joined Man Booker prize winner Richard Flanagan as some of the most popular Australian titles borrowed from Wollongong City Libraries in 2015.
Each year Wollongong City Libraries compiles a list of the most popular Australian adult fiction, adult fiction, youth and junior titles borrowed the previous year.
For 2015, Richard Flanagan’s award-winning novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North took out first place for the most popular Australian adult fiction book borrowed last year. It was followed by Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies and Ashley Hay’s post-World War Two novel The Railwayman’s Wife, which is set in Thirroul.
“It’s always interesting to see what our customers are borrowing each year and what are the most popular titles for the last 12 months,’’ Mark Norman, Manager Library and Community Services (acting) said.
“It comes as no surprise that Richard Flanagan’s novel came out on top. Between our seven libraries we have 21 copies, including audio, eBook and large print versions. They’ve been regularly reserved and borrowed by readers since he was announced as the Man Booker winner in 2014.
“It’s also great to see local author Noel Beddoe’s book On Cringila Hill making a return to this list again this year.’’
Thriller writer Lee Child continues as Wollongong City Libraries’ most popular adult author. Child’s book Personal was the most popular adult fiction title last year, and Never Go Back retained a place in the top 10 after coming out on top in 2014.
James Patterson, David Baldacci, Michael Connelly and GillianThe Girl on the Train.
Flynn all returned to the top 10 in 2015, with Paula Hawkins making her debut at number 6 with her thriller
In youth fiction Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth and John Green continued to dominate. While in the junior titles, Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid titles took out 6 of the top 10 spaces.
“Interestingly, for the first time in some years, J.K Rowling didn’t make an appearance in the junior fiction top 10,’’ Mr Norman said.
“That has to be a real turn up for the books as she has been a dominant force in junior fiction for some time now.’’
All up, there were more than 1.2 million loans to more than 28,000 borrowers in 2015. An average of 2,475 people visited one of Council’s 7 libraries each day.
“What’s really fascinating is we have some very passionate readers out there judging by the top three borrowers,’’ Mr Norman said.
“Our most prolific user borrowed 2,128 books in 2015. That’s the equivalent of 5.8 books, DVDs, magazines or audio titles a day. They were followed by a customer who borrowed 1,855 titles and another who borrowed 1,252 titles.’’
Council’s ebooks, Freegal music, Bolinda EAudio and Overdrive eBooks also continues to attract borrowers and downloaders in 2015.
For more information you can contact Council’s Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111 or visit our website at www.wollongong.nsw.gov.au
Top Titles 2015
Personal – Lee Child
The Burning Room – Michael Connelly
The escape – David Baldacci
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
Never go back – Lee Child
The girl on the train – Paula Hawkins
Gray Mountain – John Grisham
Hope to die – James Patterson
14th deadly sin – James Patterson
Invisible – James Patterson
Adult Fiction Australian
The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan
Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty
The Railwayman’s wife – Ashley Hay
The Rosie effect – Graeme Simsion
The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion
The Great Zoo of China – Matthew Reilly
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
Family Secrets – Liz Byrski
The Winter Sea – Di Morrissey
On Cringila Hill – Noel Beddoe
The Fault in our stars – John Green
Divergent – Veronica Roth
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
Insurgent – Veronica Roth
The Hunger Games – Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins
The Maze Runner – James Dasher
Allegiant – Veronica Roth
Paper Towns – John Green
The Hunger Games – Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins
The Kill Order – James Dashner
The Last Straw – Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Hard Luck – Jeff Kinney
The Third Wheel – Jeff Kinney
Captain Underpants and the terrifying return of the Tippy Tinkletrousers: the 9th Epic Journey – Dav Pilkey
Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Greg Heffleys Journal – Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The ugly truth – Jeff Kinney
Tom Gates is absolutely fantastic (at some things) – Liz Pichon
Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The long haul – Jeff Kinney
The brilliant world of Tom Gates – Liz Pichon
Tom Gates best book day ever (So Far)! – Liz Pichon
The complete collection (DVD)
August : Osage County
Anna Karenina (DVD)
Saving Mr. Banks
The Book Thief
The Butler: One Quiet Voice can Ignite a Revolution
Fifty Shades of Grey
Hope Springs (DVD)
Alice in Wonderland
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Ice Age 4. Continental Drift
My Little Pony, Friendship is Magic. Four Seasons of Friendship
LEGO Star Wars. The Padawan Menace; LEGO Star Wars. The Empire Strikes Out
Transformers Prime. Unfamiliar Enemies
My Little Pony, Friendship is Magic. Best Friends Forever
Car’s Life 2
The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale, Eric Clapton