Kicking off Library & Information Week 2015 celebrations on Monday, the Australian Library & Information Association released a list (well, four lists) of Australia’s favourite library books.  The lists were compiled by surveying 150 public libraries earlier this year of their most borrowed books of 2014 in four categories. We’ve put them side-by-side with Cockburn Libraries top 10 lists of 2014 so you can see how your borrowing stack up against the rest of the nation.  For the two adult categories, we have also put, in  parentheses, the position the book appears on Cockburn’s Most borrowed books of 2014 list.

Australias Favourite Library Books

Australia’s vs Cockburn’s most borrowed adult fiction books

Australia’s most borrowed adult fiction titles were:

  1. Never go back / Lee Child (#6)
  2. The Rosie Project / Graeme Simsion (-)
  3. The gods of guilt / Michael Connelly (#61)
  4. Burial Rites / Hannah Kent (-)
  5. Eyrie / Tim Winton (#29)
  6. The Narrow Road to the Deep North / Richard Flanagan (-)
  7. Inferno / Dan Brown (#65)
  8. The Rook by Daniel O’Malley (-)
  9. Gone girl / Gillian Flynn (#47)
  10. A wanted man / Lee Child (#3)

Cockburn’s most borrowed adult fiction* titles were:

  1. The casual vacancy / J. K. Rowling
  2. Sycamore Row / John Grisham
  3. A wanted man / Lee Child
  4. The witness / Nora Roberts
  5. Cross my heart / James Patterson
  6. Never go back / Lee Child
  7. The litigators / John Grisham
  8. Dark witch / Nora Roberts
  9. Fifty shades of Grey / E. L. James
  10. The perfect hope / Nora Roberts

*We’ve taken the YA books (and the Book Thief, which would be #2 on Cockburn’s list) out of our original list so it fits in with the survey.   The same two Lee Child thriller featured in both Top 10, while Cockburn had a bigger female presence, with half the books in the top ten by female authors compared to only 2 for the whole of Australia.

Australia’s vs Cockburn’s most borrowed adult non-fiction books

Australia’s most borrowed adult non-fiction titles were:

  1. Jamie’s 15 minute meals / Jamie Oliver (#1)
  2. Guinness world records  (#8)
  3. I am Malala / Malala Yousafzai (-)
  4. I quit sugar / Sarah Wilson (#4)
  5. The happiest refugee / Anh Do (#12)
  6. Save with Jamie / Jamie Oliver (#5)
  7. Father Bob the Larrikin Priest / Sue Williams (-)
  8. Call the midwife / Jennifer Worth (#30)
  9. Three Crooked Kings / Matthew Condon (-)
  10. Jamie’s 30-minute meals / Jamie Oliver (#6)

Cockburn’s most borrowed adult non-fiction titles were:

  1. Jamie’s 15 minute meals / Jamie Oliver
  2. The secret / Rhonda Byrne
  3. Bali & Lombok / Ryan Ver Berkmoes
  4. I quit sugar / Sarah Wilson
  5. Save with Jamie / Jamie Oliver
  6. Jamie’s 30-minute meals / Jamie Oliver
  7. Write a winning job application / Lloyd White
  8. Guinness world records
  9. Quick Fix in the Thermomix / Alyce Alexandra
  10. Sweet poison : why sugar makes us fat / David Gillespie

Cockburn’s love affair with Jamie Oliver was replicated across the country with his same three books featuring in both Top 10s; Jamie’s 15 minute meal being the most borrowed non-fiction library book in Australia.  Sarah Wilson’s  I quit sugar, parodied in this very funny video – The Katering Show’s We Quit Sugar, came in fourth in both the national list and the Cockburn list.

Australia’s vs Cockburn’s most borrowed children’s  books

There’s a bit of trickery done here with the survey as a few series have been combined into a single listing, so we did a bit of adjusting and combining of our Most Borrowed Picture Books and Most Borrowed Junior fiction lists so we could do a comparison.

Australia’s most borrowed children’s books were:

  1. Diary of a wimpy kid series /  Jeff Kinney
  2. 13 | 26 | 39-storey treehouse books / Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton
  3. Geronimo & Thea Stilton books / [Elisabetta Dami]
  4. Spot series / Eric Hill
  5. The wrong book / Nick Bland
  6. Just! series  / Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton
  7. Once / Morris Gleitzman
  8. Peck Peck Peck / Lucy Cousins
  9. Selby series / Duncan Ball
  10. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas / John Boyne

Cockburn’s most borrowed children’s books were:

  1. Diary of a wimpy kid series /  Jeff Kinney
  2. Geronimo & Thea Stilton books / [Elisabetta Dami]
  3. Hairy Maclary & Slinky Malinki books / Lynley Dodd
  4. Octonauts
  5. Splat the Cat books / Amy Hsu Lin
  6. Big Nate series / Lincoln Peirce
  7. Three little dinosaurs / Charles Fuge
  8. The wrong book / Nick Bland
  9. Spot series / Eric Hill
  10. 13 | 26 | 39-storey treehouse books / Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

One thing is certain, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is clearly the the most popular kids series in Australian Libraries. Nick Bland’s The wrong book is still benefiting from being the book chosen for the 2013 National Simultaneous Storytime.

Australia’s vs Cockburn’s most borrowed YA books

More skulduggery with the YA list, combining series into single listings and a few books that border categories – we’d normally have *The Book Thief as adult and we’d usually have the **Percy Jackson series in the children’s category – but a bit of manipulation has given us a comparable Top 10. Checkout the complete list of Cockburn’s 50 Most Borrowed YA books if you want to see how the individual books in the series actually fared.

Australia’s most borrowed children’s books were:

  1. Hunger game series / Suzanne Collins
  2. Divergent series / Veronica Roth
  3. The fault in our stars / John Green
  4. The book thief / Markus Zusak
  5. Looking for Alaska / John Green
  6. Percy Jackson series / Rick Riordan
  7. The maze runner series / James Dashner
  8. Every Breath  / Ellie Marney
  9. An abundance of Katherines / John Green
  10. Mortal Instruments series / Cassandra Clare

Cockburn’s most borrowed YA books were:

  1. The book thief / Markus Zusak*
  2. Hunger game series / Suzanne Collins
  3. Percy Jackson series / Rick Riordan**
  4. The fault in our stars / John Green
  5. Divergent series / Veronica Roth
  6. The maze runner series / James Dashner
  7. Mortal Instruments series / Cassandra Clare
  8. The perks of being a wallflower / Stephen Chbosky
  9. If I stay / Gayle Forman
  10. Looking for Alaska / John Green

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