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ALIA reveals most borrowed books

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has announced Australia’s most borrowed library books for the first quarter of 2015 to mark the start of Library and Information Week, which runs 25-31 May.

The most borrowed books by category are:

Adult fiction

  • Never Go Back (Lee Child, Bantam)
  • The Rosie Project (Graeme Simsion, Text)
  • The Gods of Guilt (Michael Connelly, A&U)
  • Burial Rites (Hannah Kent, Picador)
  • Eyrie (Tim Winton, Hamish Hamilton)
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Richard Flanagan, Vintage)
  • Inferno (Dan Brown, Transworld)
  • The Rook (Daniel O’Malley, HarperCollins)
  • Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn, Hachette)
  • A Wanted Man (Lee Child, Bantam)



  • Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals (Jamie Oliver, Michael Joseph)
  • Guinness World Records 2014
  • I am Malala (Malala Yousafzai, Orion)
  • I Quit Sugar (Sarah Wilson, Macmillan)
  • The Happiest Refugee (Anh Do, A&U)
  • Save with Jamie (Jamie Oliver, Michael Joseph)
  • Father Bob the Larrikin Priest (Sue Williams, Michael Joseph)
  • Call the Midwife (Jennifer Worth, Orion)
  • Three Crooked Kings (Matthew Condon, UQP)
  • Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals (Jamie Oliver, Michael Joseph)



  • ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ series (Jeff Kinney, Puffin)
  • ‘Treehouse’ series (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan)
  • ‘Geronimo and Thea Stilton’ series (Elisabetta Dami, Scholastic)
  • ‘Spot’ series (Eric Hill, Penguin)
  • The Wrong Book (Nick Bland, Scholastic)
  • ‘Just!’ series (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan)
  • Once (Morris Gleitzman, Penguin)
  • Peck Peck Peck (Lucy Cousins, Walker Books)
  • ‘Selby’ series (Duncan Ball, HarperCollins)
  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (John Boyne, David Fickling).


 Young adult

  • ‘Hunger Games’ series (Suzanne Collins, Scholastic
  • ‘Divergent’ series (Veronica Roth, HarperCollins)
  • The Fault in our Stars (John Green, Penguin)
  • The Book Thief (Marcus Zusak, Picador)
  • Looking for Alaska (John Green, HarperCollins)
  • ‘Percy Jackson’ series (Rick Riordan, Puffin)
  • The Maze Runner (James Dashner, Chicken House)
  • Every Breath (Ellie Marney, A&U)
  • An Abundance of Katherines (John Green, Puffin)
  • ‘Mortal Instruments’ series (Cassandra Clare, Walker Books)


The survey to identify Australia’s most borrowed library books was launched in February and received responses from more than 150 library services across the country. For more information about Library and Information week, visit the ALIA website here.



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