Cooking & healthy eating books dominate, as I Quit Sugar tops the list of 30 most borrowed non fiction books from Cockburn Libraries in 2016.

Sugar is still bad in 2016. For the second year in a row Sarah Wilson’s guide to quitting sugar was the most borrowed non fiction book of 2016.  The Top 5 includes four books about removing sugar from your diet, including a second Sarah Wilson book, I quit sugar : simplicious.  In another repeat of 2015, Pete Evans again takes second place with his paleo cookbook, Family food .  

While books about cooking and healthy eating make up over half the books in the Top 30, you were reading other things as well. The highest placed biography,  a new addition to the  list in 2016, was Magda Szubanski’s highly regarded memoir, Reckoning (which also won a swag of book awards in 2016), and  Bill Bryson’s first new travel book travel book in fifteen years, The road to Little Dribbling : more notes from a small island, found itself in the Top 10. Rhonda Byrne certainly knows the secret to getting her book borrowed from the library, with  The secret once again appearing on the list  even though it was published over 10 years ago.

Top 10 – Most borrowed non fiction of 2016

  1. I quit sugar : your complete 8-week detox program and cookbook / Sarah Wilson
  2. Family food : 130 delicious paleo recipes for every day / Pete Evans
  3. Reckoning : a memoir / Magda Szubanski
  4. I quit sugar : simplicious / Sarah Wilson
  5. The 8-week blood sugar diet : lose weight fast and reprogramme your body / Michael Mosley
  6. The Little Veggie Patch Co. : how to grow food in small spaces / Fabian Capomolla
  7. Big magic : creative living beyond fear / Elizabeth Gilbert
  8. The life-changing magic of tidying / Marie Kondo
  9. The road to Little Dribbling : more notes from a small island / Bill Bryson
  10. The secret / Rhonda Byrne
Top 5 - Most borrowed non fiction books of 2016

Top 5 – Sugar is still bad in 2016

11-20 – Most borrowed non fiction of 2016

  1. Guinness world records 2016
  2. Windows 10 for dummies / Andy Rathbone
  3. Don’t panic : Why you don’t need $1 million to retire well / Nick Bruining
  4. Keeping it simple : recipes for a Thermomix / Tenina Holder
  5. 15 minute meals / Jamie Oliver
  6. Heal your gut / Lee Holmes
  7. I quit sugar for life : your fad-free wholefood wellness code and cookbook / Sarah Wilson
  8. Quirky cooking / Jo Whitton
  9. Feeding your baby day by day : from first tastes to family meals / Fiona Wilcock
  10. Jamie’s 30-minute meals / Jamie Oliver

21-30 – Most borrowed non fiction of 2016

    1. Life in balance : a fresher approach to eating / Donna Hay
    2. I am Malala : the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban / Malala Yousafzai
    3. Quick Fix in the Thermomix : Recipes by Alyce Alexandra / Alyce Alexandra
    4. 1-minute gardener / Mat Pember
    5. Deliciously Ella : awesome ingredients and incredible food that you and your body will love / Ella Woodward
    6. Official IELTS practice materials 
    7. Wheat belly : lose the wheat, lose the weight, and find your path back to health / William Davis
    8. Better than before : mastering the habits of our everyday lives / Gretchen Craft Rubin
    9. Cockburn : the making of a community / Michael Berson
    10. The fast diet : the simple secret of intermittent fasting : lose weight, stay healthy, live longer / Michael Mosley

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