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Child tops ALIA most-borrowed list in 2018; Pape tops nonfiction

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has partnered with library provider Civica to compile a list of most-borrowed books from Australian libraries from June 2017 to May 2018.

Like last year’s findings, crime and thrillers dominate the most-borrowed titles list, which was again led by a Lee Child novel (Night School, Bantam). Australian author Scott Pape’s The Barefoot Investor (John Wiley) was at the top of this year’s nonfiction list.

The findings are based on data from Australian and New Zealand libraries that use Civica’s Spydus management system.

Five of the top 20 most-borrowed titles for 2018 were by Australian authors. ALIA CEO Sue McKerracher said that the association has worked with publishers and bookshops to promote Australian books and that it was good to see ‘home grown talents’ make the list.

The most borrowed titles in each category are:

Most borrowed books

  1. Night School (Lee Child, Bantam)
  2. The Wrong Side of Goodbye (Michael Connelly, A&U)
  3. The Whistler (John Grisham, Hodder)
  4. No Middle Name (Lee Child, Bantam)
  5. The Barefoot Investor (Scott Pape, John Wiley)
  6. Truly Madly Guilty (Liane Moriarty, Pan)
  7. The Dry (Jane Harper, Pan)
  8. Into the Water (Paula Hawkins, Transworld)
  9. Make Me (Lee Child, Bantam)
  10. The Fix (David Baldacci, Macmillan)
  11. No Man’s Land (David Baldacci, Pan)
  12. Never Never (James Patterson, Random House)
  13. 16th Seduction (James Patterson, Random House)
  14. The Late Show (Michael Connelly, A&U)
  15. A Distant Journey (Di Morrissey, Macmillan)
  16. The Last Mile (David Baldacci, Macmillan)
  17. Camino Island (John Grisham, Hodder)
  18. The Good People (Hannah Kent, Picador)
  19. Rogue Lawyer (John Grisham, Hodder)
  20. Personal (Lee Child, Transworld)

Most borrowed nonfiction books

  1. The Barefoot Investor (Scott Pape, John Wiley)
  2. Reckoning (Magda Szubanski, Text)
  3. The Life-changing Magic of Tidying (Marie Kondo, Ebury)
  4. Working Class Boy (Jimmy Barnes, HarperCollins)
  5. Everywhere I Look (Helen Garner, Text)
  6. ABC Reading Eggs: Dogs and Cats (Katy Pike, Pascal)
  7. Gut (Giulia Enders, Scribe)
  8. I Quit Sugar (Sarah Wilson, Macmillan)
  9. First, We Make the Beast Beautiful (Sarah Wilson, Macmillan)
  10. After (Nikki Gemmell, HarperCollins)

Most borrowed Australian fiction

  1. Truly Madly Guilty (Liane Moriarty, Pan)
  2. A Distant Journey (Di Morrissey, Macmillan)
  3. The Dry (Jane Harper, Pan)
  4. Big Little Lies (Liane Moriarty, Macmillan)
  5. The 65-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths, illus by Terry Denton, Pan)
  6. Force of Nature (Jane Harper, Macmillan)
  7. The Good People (Hannah Kent, Picador)
  8. The Secrets She Keeps (Michael Robotham, Hachette)
  9. Rain Music (Di Morrissey, Pan)
  10. The 91-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths, illus by Terry Denton, Pan)

Most borrowed picture books

  1. Thea Stilton and the Chocolate Sabotage (Thea Stilton, Scholastic)
  2. The Princess Twins and the Birthday Party (Mona Gansberg Hodgson, HarperCollins)
  3. Alexandria and the Royal Baby Fairy (Daisy Meadows, Hachette)
  4. Spot’s Birthday Party (Eric Hill, Puffin)
  5. Meet the Knights (Julia March, Dorling Kindersley)
  6. Monster Battles (Julia March, Dorling Kindersley)
  7. The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog (Mo Willems, Walker Books)
  8. Dance Challenge (Thea Stilton, Scholastic)
  9. School Bus Trip (Ellen Philpott, Ladybird)
  10. Dogs and Cats (Katy Pike, Blake Education)

Most borrowed by juniors (0-12)

  1. The 91-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths, illus by Terry Denton, Pan)
  2. The 65-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths, illus by Terry Denton, Pan)
  3. The 78-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths, illus by Terry Denton, Pan)
  4. The 52-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths, illus by Terry Denton, Pan)
  5. The 26-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths, illus by Terry Denton, Pan)
  6. The 13-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths, illus by Terry Denton, Pan)
  7. The 39-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths, illus by Terry Denton, Pan)
  8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (Jeff Kinney, Puffin)
  9. Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space (Dav Pilkey, Scholastic)
  10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (Jeff Kinney, Puffin)

Most borrowed by young adults (13-18)

  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Part One and Two (J K Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne, Sphere)
  2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (J K Rowling, Bloomsbury)
  3. The Dark Prophecy (Rick Riordan, Puffin)
  4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (J K Rowling, Bloomsbury)
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix (J K Rowling, Bloomsbury)
  6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (J K Rowling, Bloomsbury)
  7. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay (J K Rowling, Sphere)
  8. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (J K Rowling, Bloomsbury).

 

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