Best Books of 2011: Non-fiction

50 most borrowed non fiction books of 2011.

Moving on from yesterday’s Top 100, today we have the top 50 non fiction books. Eat, pray, love, the only non-fiction book to make the Top 100, comes in at number one, and proving that Bali is WA’s favourite overseas holiday spot, the Lonely Planet guide to Bali & Lombok was the third most popular title for 2011.

  1. Eat, pray, love : one woman’s search for everything / Elizabeth Gilbert
  2. Mao’s last dancer / Cunxin Li
  3. Bali & Lombok (Lonely Planet guide) / Ryan Ver Berkmoes
  4. A new earth : awakening to your life’s purpose / Eckhart Tolle
  5. The brain that changes itself : stories of personal triumph from the frontiers of brain science / Norman Doidge   ……
  6. The power of now : a guide to spiritual enlightenment / Eckhart Tolle
  7. Cockburn : the making of a community / Michael Berson
  8. The secret / Rhonda Byrne
  9. The happiest refugee : the extraordinary true story of a boy’s journey from starvation at sea to becoming one of Australia’s best-loved comedians / Anh Do
  10. Star Wars. The clone wars : Ultimate battles, visual guide / Jason Fry
  11. The baby whisperer solves all your problems (by teaching you how to ask the right questions) : sleeping, feeding and behaviour – beyond the basics from infancy through toddlerhood / Tracy Hogg
  12. Raising boys : why boys are different — and how to help them become happy and well-balanced men / Steve Biddulph
  13. Committed : a sceptic makes peace with marriage / Elizabeth Gilbert
  14. Guinness world records 2008
  15. Guinness world records 2011
  16. Life / Keith Richards
  17. Kids’ cooking
  18. Allen Carr’s easy way to stop smoking / Allen Carr
  19. The CSIRO total wellbeing diet / Manny Noakes
  20. Excel formulas and functions for dummies / Ken Bluttman
  21. “Where did I come From?” : the facts of life without any nonsense and with illustrations / Peter Mayle
  22. 1001 kids’ jokes / Kay Barnham
  23. Kids can cook : fun & tasty recipes for budding chefs / Jernnine Pang
  24. Batavia : betrayal, shipwreck, murder, sexual slavery, courage : a spine-chilling chapter in Australian history / Peter FitzSimons
  25. Stanley Gibbons simplified catalogue, stamps of the world 2008 edition in colour : an illustrated and priced five-volume guide to the postage stamps of the whole world, excluding changes of paper, perforation, shade and watermark
  26. The biology of belief : unleashing the power of consciousness, matter and miracles / Bruce H. Lipton
  27. Camping atlas of Western Australia : complete guide to camping in national parks, state forests, nature reserves, selected private camping grounds / Colin Kerr
  28. Knock knock jokes 
  29. Dear fatty / Dawn French
  30. The free range cook / Annabel Langbein
  31. Dinosaur / David Lambert
  32. Girl stuff : your full-on guide to the teen years / Kaz Cooke
  33. Junior MasterChef Australia : the cookbook. Volume 1
  34. Space : a children’s encyclopedia
  35. 4 ingredients / Kim McCosker
  36. God’s callgirl : one woman’s life journey from convent to sex worker / Carla van Raay
  37. The guide to free-camping in the south of W.A. -and your pets can come too! / Steve Collis
  38. Easy ocean origami / Christopher L. Harbo
  39. Star Wars character encyclopedia / Simon Beecroft
  40. Fruit & vegetable gardening in Australia
  41. MYOB software for dummies / Veechi Curtis
  42. Oneness with all life inspirational selections from A New Earth / Eckhart Tolle
  43. Practising the power of now : essential teachings, meditations and exercises from The power of now / Eckhart Tolle
  44. The CSIRO total wellbeing diet. Book 2 / Manny Noakes
  45. Up the duff : the real guide to pregnancy / Kaz Cooke
  46. Deceptively delicious : simple secrets to get your kids eating good food / Jessica Seinfeld
  47. Salvation Creek : an unexpected life / Susan Duncan
  48. The rough guide to Bali & Lombok / Lesley Reader
  49. 1000s of freaky, scary, gross, incredible and simply unbelieveable true facts! / John Guest
  50. Christmas fairy cooking / Leonie Pratt
  51. Easy holiday origami / Christopher L. Harbo
  52. How to draw dangerous beasts / Marc McBride
  53. Justin Bieber : welcome 2 my world / Jeff Jenkins
  54. Ripley’s Believe it or not! : special edition 2011

(okay, 54 in the ‘top 50’ – only because 46-54 all tied with the same number of loans – believe it or not!)


    Author: Lawley

    Technology Coordinator for Cockburn Libraries.  Most recent reads: Gotham / Nick Earls -- The Life and Death of Sophie Stark / Anna North -- Universal Harvester / John Darnielle -- The handmaid's tale / Margaret Atwood.

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