US crime novelist Michael Connelly tops the list of most borrowed fiction books from Cockburn Libraries during 2015, with Di Morrissey the highest placed Australian author, one of the six female authors  in the Top 10.

In 2015 there were almost 81,000 loans from Cockburn Libraries’ Adult Fiction collection. Some novels were more popular than others, but  The burning room by Michael Connelly was the most borrowed book of the year. The 17th novel in Connelly’s Harry Bosch series, beat Gillian Flynn’s Gone girl,  Jodie Picoult’s The storyteller,  The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins, and John Grisham’s Sycamore Row, which rounds out the top 5.

Di Morrissey’s  The road back is the sixth most popular novel of 2015, making it the highest place book by an Australia author.  16 Australian books featured in the Top 100, including three by  Michael Robotham, and two each by Graeme Simsion and Liane Moriarty.  Three West Australian authors also appear in the Top 100 list: Liz Byrski, Anna Jacobs, and Amanda Curtin.

As well a two books in the top 10, Nora Roberts managed the most books overall in the Top 100 with 12 of her novels featuring in the list (including 2 written under her pen name J. D. Robb). Nora Roberts beat out James Patterson, who this year could only manage 11 books in the Top 100, the first time he hasn’t had the most novels in an annual Top 100 since I started compiling the lists in 2011.

Top 10 most borrowed books of 2015 - covers

Top 10 most popular books of 2015 at Cockburn Libraries

Top 10

  1. The burning room / Michael Connelly
  2. Gone girl / Gillian Flynn
  3. The storyteller / Jodi Picoult
  4. The girl on the train / Paula Hawkins
  5. Sycamore Row / John Grisham
  6. The road back / Di Morrissey
  7. The perfect hope / Nora Roberts
  8. Missing you / Harlan Coben
  9. The collector / Nora Roberts
  10. Best kept secret / Jeffrey Archer

11-50  |   100 Most Popular Fiction Books of 2015

  1. The escape / David Baldacci
  2. Flesh and blood / Patricia Cornwell
  3. The forgotten / David Baldacci
  4. The woman who stole my life / Marian Keyes
  5. Hope to die / James Patterson
  6. Backlash / Lynda La Plante
  7. The racketeer / John Grisham
  8. Never go back / Lee Child
  9. The last boyfriend / Nora Roberts
  10. Personal / Lee Child
  11. A wanted man / Lee Child
  12. Dark witch / Nora Roberts
  13. Gray Mountain / John Grisham
  14. To kill a mockingbird / Harper Lee
  15. Life or death / Michael Robotham
  16. Invisible / James Patterson
  17. The drop : a novel / Michael Connelly
  18. And the mountains echoed / Khaled Hosseini
  19. The Rosie effect / Graeme C. Simsion
  20. A week in winter / Maeve Binchy
  21. Stay close / Harlan Coben
  22. The innocent / David Baldacci
  23. The witness / Nora Roberts
  24. Zero day / David Baldacci
  25. Watching you / Michael Robotham
  26. Thursday’s children / Nicci French
  27. Top secret twenty-one / Janet Evanovich
  28. Alex Cross, run / James Patterson
  29. Blood magick / Nora Roberts
  30. Burn / James Patterson
  31. Chasing fire / Nora Roberts
  32. Running blind / Lee Child
  33. The black box / Michael Connelly
  34. The target / David Baldacci
  35. Whiskey Beach / Nora Roberts
  36. Revival / Stephen King
  37. The next always / Nora Roberts
  38. W is for wasted / Sue Grafton
  39. Big little lies / Liane Moriarty
  40. The search / Nora Roberts
Books covers for the three Western Australian authors in the top 100 most popular books of 2015

Three West Australian authors appear in the Top 100. Anna Jacobs the highest at #62

51-100 |   100 Most Popular Fiction Books of 2015

  1. Watching the dark / Peter Robinson
  2. Hello from the Gillespies / Monica McInerney
  3. Say you’re sorry / Michael Robotham
  4. NYPD Red 3 / James Patterson
  5. The affair / Lee Child
  6. Unlucky 13 / James Patterson
  7. The Rosie project / Graeme C. Simsion
  8. Fifty shades of Grey / E. L. James
  9. Forgive me / Lesley Pearse
  10. New York to Dallas / J. D. Robb
  11. The litigators / John Grisham
  12. Elianne / Judy Nunn
  13. The trader’s sister / Anna Jacobs
  14. Fifty shades darker / E. L. James
  15. The hit / David Baldacci
  16. The shining / Stephen King
  17. The signature of all things / Elizabeth Gilbert
  18. Family secrets / Liz Byrski
  19. 14th deadly sin / James Patterson
  20. Calico Joe / John Grisham
  21. Cross and burn / Val McDermid
  22. False impression / Jeffrey Archer
  23. Mightier than the sword / Jeffrey Archer
  24. The sins of the father / Jeffrey Archer
  25. Concealed in death / J. D Robb
  26. Inferno / Dan Brown
  27. The great zoo of China / Matthew Reilly
  28. The narrow road to the deep north / Richard Flanagan
  29. Private India / James Patterson
  30. Sing you home / Jodi Picoult
  31. Be careful what you wish for / Jeffrey Archer
  32. Deliver us from evil / David Baldacci
  33. Hell’s corner / David Baldacci
  34. The gods of guilt / Michael Connelly
  35. Wedding night / Sophie Kinsella
  36. Reluctantly charmed / Ellie O’Neill
  37. The husband’s secret / Liane Moriarty
  38. Miracle cure / Harlan Coben
  39. Unseen / Karin Slaughter
  40. Zoo / James Patterson
  41. NYPD red 2 / James Patterson
  42. Starting now / Debbie Macomber
  43. The casual vacancy / J. K. Rowling
  44. The October list : a novel in reverse / Jeffery Deaver
  45. Elemental / Amanda Curtin
  46. Die trying / Lee Child
  47. Gone / James Patterson
  48. The silkworm / Robert Galbraith
  49. Touch & go / Lisa Gardner
  50. Worth dying for / Lee Child

So that’s the 100 Most Popular list for 2015, what did you think?

It was interesting to see Harper Lee‘s classic To kill a mockingbird appear at #24 on the list, after renewed interest in it with the controversial publication of Go Set a Watchman in July.  Go Set a Watchman, itself, fell agonizingly short of the Top 100, finishing at #101.  And last year’s most popular book, The casual vacancy by J. K. Rowling, still managed to make the list this year, but only in position #93.

To kill a mockingbird - book cover. Number 24 in the top 100

First published in 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird appears at #24 in the list

How many from the 100 Most Popular Fiction Books of 2015 have you read? Do you have a favourite book from the list? Are you planning on reading any of these novels? Let me know in the comments.

100 Most Popular Fiction Books of 2015  – by the numbers:

  • 80,780 – number of adult fiction loans from Cockburn Libraries in 2015
  • 93rd – place of  last year’s #1 book, The casual vacancy by J. K. Rowling.
  • 44 – number of books by female authors
  • 16 – number of books by Australian authors
  • 12 – most books by an individual author – Nora Roberts
  • 6th – highest placed Australian novel – Di Morrisseys  The road back
  • 3 – most books by an Australian author – Michael Robotham
  • 3 – number of books by West Australian authors

Want more lists? Check out the other 2015 Most Borrowed lists:

 

[Updated 4 & 5  Feb 2016 – Links to other ‘Most Borrowed’ lists added]