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Eight local titles make ALIA most borrowed list 2019

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 April 2018 to March 2019

Lee Child’s The Midnight Line and Night School (both Bantam) were the first and second most borrowed titles—the third year in a row one of Child’s novels has topped the chart. Eight of the top 20 most borrowed titles were by Australian authors—up from five last year. They were led by Tim Winton’s The Shepherd’s Hut and Jane Harper’s Force of Nature, which were the third and fourth most borrowed titles respectively.

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

The most borrowed titles in each category are:

Most borrowed books

  1. The Midnight Line (Lee Child, Bantam)
  2. Night School (Lee Child, Bantam)
  3. The Shepherd’s Hut (Tim Winton, Penguin)
  4. Force of Nature (Jane Harper, Macmillan)
  5. The Woman in the Window (A J Finn, HarperCollins)
  6. The Dry (Jane Harper, Pan)
  7. The Late Show (Michael Connelly, A&U)
  8. Two Kinds of Truth (Michael Connelly, A&U)
  9. End Game (David Baldacci, Macmillan)
  10. The Barefoot Investor (Scott Pape, Wiley)
  11. The Rooster Bar (John Grisham, Hodder)
  12. No Middle Name (Lee Child, Bantam)
  13. The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Heather Morris, Echo)
  14. Texas Ranger (James Patterson, Arrow)
  15. The Fallen (David Baldacci, Macmillan)
  16. The 91-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths, illus by Terry Denton, Pan)
  17. The Wrong Side of Goodbye (Michael Connelly, A&U)
  18. Truly Madly Guilty (Liane Moriarty, Pan)
  19. 17th Suspect (James Patterson, Arrow)
  20. Nine Perfect Strangers (Liane Moriarty, Pan)

Most borrowed nonfiction books

  • The Barefoot Investor (Scott Pape, Wiley)
  • 12 Rules for Life (Jordan Peterson, Penguin Press)
  • The Clever Guts Diet (Michael Mosley, S&S)
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck (Mark Manson, Macmillan)
  • Working Class Man (Jimmy Barnes, HarperCollins)
  • 5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food (Jamie Oliver, Michael Joseph)
  • The Trauma Cleaner (Sarah Krasnostein, Text)
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying (Marie Kondo, Vermilion)
  • Any Ordinary Day (Leigh Sales, Hamish Hamilton)
  • The Barefoot Investor for Families (Scott Pape, Wiley)

Most borrowed picture books

  • Pig the Star (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic)
  • Hickory Dickory Dash (Tony Wilson, Scholastic)
  • Pig the Pug (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic)
  • The Cow Tripped Over the Moon (Tony Wilson, Scholastic)
  • Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic)
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Eric Carle, Puffin)
  • Too Many Elephants in This House (Ursula Dubosarsky, Picture Puffin)
  • The Gruffalo (Julia Donaldson, Macmillan)
  • Pig the Winner (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic)
  • Where the Wild Things Are (Maurice Sendak, various)

Most borrowed by juniors (0–12)

  • The 91-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths, illus by Terry Denton, Pan)
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway (Jeff Kinney, Puffin)
  • The 78-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths, illus by Terry Denton, Pan)
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down (Jeff Kinney, Puffin)
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School (Jeff Kinney, Puffin)
  • The 26-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths, illus by Terry Denton, Pan)
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (Jeff Kinney, Puffin)
  • The 104-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths, illus by Terry Denton, Pan)
  • The 65-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths, illus by Terry Denton, Pan)
  • The 39-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths, illus by Terry Denton, Pan)

Most borrowed by young adults (13–18)

  • The Fault in Our Stars (John Green, Penguin)
  • Turtles All the Way Down (John Green, Puffin)
  • Divergent (Veronica Roth, HarperCollins)
  • The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins, Scholastic)
  • The Maze Runner (James Dashner, Chicken House)
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down (Jeff Kinney, Puffin)
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway (Jeff Kinney, Puffin)
  • Wonder (R J Palacio, Corgi)
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs, Quirk)
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School (Jeff Kinney, Puffin).

 

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