Crime and thrillers dominate the list of 100 most borrowed fiction books from Cockburn Libraries in 2016, with The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins at #1.

After finishing fourth in 2015, Paula Hawkins managed top spot on the 2016 list of 100 Most Borrowed Fiction Books with The girl on the train. It seems readers here in Cockburn,  like readers in New York, readers in Melbourne, and, well… , the world, couldn’t get enough of the English novelist’s psychological thriller. Girl on the train - The most borrowed fiction book form Cockburn Libraries in 2016

David Baldacci was big mover up the list this year with four books in the Top 10 –  two of his Will Robie series (“a stone-cold hitman who never questions orders and always nails his target)  and two of his Army Special Agent John Puller series – and seven books overall.  The honour of most books in the list, though, goes to Nora Roberts  with a huge 14 novels (two written under her pen name JD Robb), including Stars of fortune  at #4. James Patterson was next best with 9 books, but this year he couldn’t crack the Top 10.

Eleven Australian authors feature in the 2016 list, slightly down from last year, with Di Morrissey the highest placed Australian for the second year in a row. Her novel Rain music appears at #23, just pipping Liane Moriarty ( #24 The husband’s secret) and Michael Robotham (#25 Close your eyes). Di Morrissey also has two other books in list, but was edged out in the most books by an Aussie stakes by Michael Robotham who has four novels in the the Top 100, a repeat of his efforts in 2015

Top 10 – Most borrowed fiction books of 2016

  1. The girl on the train / Paula Hawkins
  2. The guilty / David Baldacci
  3. Make me : a Jack Reacher novel / Lee Child
  4. Stars of fortune / Nora Roberts
  5. The escape / David Baldacci
  6. The woman who stole my life / Marian Keyes
  7. Even dogs in the wild : a novel / Ian Rankin
  8. The target / David Baldacci
  9. A wanted man / Lee Child
  10. The forgotten / David Baldacci

Book Cover - The girl on the trainBook Cover - The guiltyBook Cover - Make meBook Cover - Stars of fortuneBook Cover - The escapeBook Cover - The woman who stole my lifeBook Cover - Even dogs in the wildBook Cover - The targetBook Cover - A wanted manBook Cover - The forgotten

11- 50 – Most borrowed fiction books of 2016

  1. Gray Mountain / John Grisham
  2. Alert / James Patterson
  3. The racketeer / John Grisham
  4. A week in winter / Maeve Binchy
  5. The black box / Michael Connelly
  6. Depraved heart / Patricia Daniels Cornwell
  7. The affair / Lee Child
  8. Best kept secret / Jeffrey Archer
  9. The hit / David Baldacci
  10. Stay close / Harlan Coben
  11. The burning room / Michael Connelly
  12. The crossing / Michael Connelly
  13. Rain music / Di Morrissey
  14. The husband’s secret / Liane Moriarty
  15. Close your eyes / Michael Robotham
  16. 14th deadly sin / James Patterson
  17. The perfect hope / Nora Roberts
  18. After you / Jojo Moyes
  19. Running blind / Lee Child
  20. Cross justice / James Patterson
  21. Personal / Lee Child
  22. Cometh the hour / Jeffrey Archer
  23. Go set a watchman / Harper Lee
  24. Rogue lawyer / John Grisham
  25. Big little lies / Liane Moriarty
  26. The storyteller / Jodi Picoult
  27. Backlash / Lynda La Plante
  28. Sycamore Row / John Grisham
  29. To kill a mockingbird / Harper Lee
  30. The Rosie effect / Graeme C. Simsion
  31. Gone girl / Gillian Flynn
  32. The litigators / John Grisham
  33. The dressmaker / Rosalie Ham
  34. See me / Nicholas Sparks
  35. The Stranger / Harlan Coben
  36. Inferno / Dan Brown
  37. Memory man / David Baldacci
  38. Missing you / Harlan Coben
  39. Never go back / Lee Child
  40. 15th affair / James Patterson
Michael Robotham signing books at Success Library

Most by an Australian – Michael Robotham, pictured here signing books at Success Library in 2014, has 4 books in the list.

51-100 – Most borrowed fiction books of 2016

  1. Be careful what you wish for / Jeffrey Archer
  2. Luck of the Irish / Nora Roberts
  3. The road back / Di Morrissey
  4. All dressed in white / Mary Higgins Clark
  5. Criminal / Karin Slaughter
  6. Fool me once / Harlan Coben
  7. The search / Nora Roberts
  8. Private Sydney / James Patterson
  9. The last boyfriend / Nora Roberts
  10. The witness / Nora Roberts
  11. The secret chord / Geraldine Brooks
  12. Life or death / Michael Robotham
  13. Concealed in death / J. D. Robb
  14. The next always / Nora Roberts
  15. The year I met you / Cecelia Ahern
  16. The great zoo of China / Matthew Reilly
  17. The winter sea / Di Morrissey
  18. Victims / Jonathan Kellerman
  19. Wedding night / Sophie Kinsella
  20. Hope to die / James Patterson
  21. The innocent / David Baldacci
  22. The liar / Nora Roberts
  23. The trader’s sister / Anna Jacobs
  24. Family secrets / Liz Byrski
  25. Mightier than the sword / Jeffrey Archer
  26. Say you’re sorry / Michael Robotham
  27. A little life / Hanya Yanagihara
  28. My brilliant friend / Elena Ferrante
  29. The sins of the father / Jeffrey Archer
  30. Career of evil / Robert Galbraith
  31. Dark witch / Nora Roberts
  32. Miracle cure / Harlan Coben
  33. Private India / James Patterson
  34. Shadow spell / Nora Roberts
  35. Speaking in bones / Kathy Reichs
  36. The girl in the spider’s web / David Lagercrantz
  37. The Thomas Berryman number / James Patterson
  38. Thursday’s children / Nicci French
  39. Watching you / Michael Robotham
  40. Whiskey Beach / Nora Roberts
  41. X / Sue Grafton
  42. Spirits of the Ghan / Judy Nunn
  43. It started with Paris / Cathy Kelly
  44. Leaving time / Jodi Picoult
  45. New York to Dallas / J. D. Robb
  46. Private games / James Patterson
  47. The scam / Janet Evanovich
  48. Two brothers / Ben Elton
  49. A devil is waiting / Jack Higgins
  50. Blood magick / Nora Roberts
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