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May 24th, 2016

Aussie readers seeking thrills: Jack Reacher series most popular library loans

Crime and thriller novels make up 29 per cent of borrowed books in 2016 Civica Libraries Index

Melbourne, 24 May, 2016 -British thriller author, Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series of novels have dominated the list of most borrowed library books in Australia and New Zealand this year, according to the 2016 Civica Libraries Index.

Civica, Australia’s leading provider of library information, collection, management and library staffing solutions, partnering with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) are announcing the findings to coincide with Library and Information Week (23-29 May).  The annual Civica Libraries Index is compiled in partnership with participating regional and metropolitan libraries across Australia and New Zealand using the Civica Spydus integrated library management system. The system was developed in Australia and is used by libraries around the world.

Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels make up one fifth of the top 20 most borrowed books of 2016, while other crime and thriller authors, such as Michael Connelly also made a few appearances. The crime and thriller genre was the most popular to read overall, making up 29 percent of total borrowed books.

While Child’s novels figured prominently on the most borrowed list, the most loaned book is Paula Hawkins’ ‘The Girl On The Train’, a crime and thriller novel published in 2015.

According to Marc Nolan, Managing Director of Library Solutions at Civica, interest in the novel may be driven by the news that a movie adaption is currently in production, boosting interest in the book.

“Fiction books which have been adapted into films and television series feature heavily on the 2016 Civica Libraries Index and we suspect this trend is due to the fact that borrowers often find their reading inspiration through other platforms, such as television and films.”

“Reading habits are changing as modern library technologies such as our Spydus system allow readers to find, read and share information via apps, digital services and social platforms. This provides library members with far greater opportunities to discover new interests and media, whether it be via books, music, TV or films,” said Nolan.

As with fiction titles, biographies which have been adapted for the screen, including ‘Call The Midwife’ by Jennifer Worth, ‘Unbroken: A WWII story of survival’ by Laura Hillenbrand and ‘Wild: A Journey From Lost To Found’ by Cheryl Strayed topped the most borrowed biographies list.

Sue McKerracher, Chief Executive Officer of ALIA, said: “Australian library users continue to reach for ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn – it made it into the top 10 most borrowed books for the second year running.  Of course, as season 6 of ‘Game Of Thrones’ is televised, readers are turning back to book one in the ‘Song And Ice’ fantasy epic by George R.R. Martin. It’s also great to see Australian author Graeme Simsion’s two books in the adult list and that sci-fi action trilogies are gripping young adult readers.”

Categories:

Fiction

While library members had the biggest appetite for crime, mystery and thriller novels, other fiction genres, such as romance, fantasy and graphic novels were also highly popular amongst readers. Romance was the second most popular category, behind crime and thrillers.

Non fiction

Lifestyle books and guides were a favourite amongst non-fiction borrowers this year. As with last year, health and cooking titles continue to lead in the most borrowed list of non-fiction, with Sarah Wilson’s ‘I Quit Sugar for Life’ topping the list. Travel guides were highly popular this year.

Young adults (13-18)

Like adult readers, young adults appear to be strongly influenced by the big screen when it comes to their book choices. The ‘Divergent’, ‘Hunger Games’ and ‘Maze Runner’ sagas rule the top 10 most borrowed list of young adult readers.

Older adults (65+)

Older adults are longing for more love in their lives it seems. The romance genre is the most popular category amongst this group of readers, making up 32 per cent of total borrowed books.

Children (0-12)

The ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ book series by Jeff Kinney remain a highly popular read for children, while notable Aussie children’s book author, Andy Griffiths also made it into the top 10.  When it comes to non-fiction books, handbooks on the video game, Minecraft have proven exceedingly useful to junior library members, making up 34 per cent of total borrowed non-fiction.

About the Civica Libraries Index

The Civica Libraries Index is compiled in partnership with participating libraries using the Civica Spydus integrated library management system. Loan data is collected, compiled and analysed for the calendar year for a range of audiences and categories. Civica reviewed more than 16 million library loans from over 1.6 million library members across Australia to help determine the country’s most popular books.  Data was gathered over a 12 month period from May 2015 to April 2016. All information on borrowing behaviours is collected anonymously. Civica is Australia’s leading provider of library information, collection, management and library staffing solutions. More information about Civica can be found at: www.civica.com.au

About the Australian Library and Information Association

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is the professional organisation for the Australian library and information services sector. With 5,000 members across Australia, we provide the national voice of the profession in the development, promotion and delivery of quality library and information services, through leadership, advocacy and mutual support. www.alia.org.au

 

CIVICA 2016 Libraries Index

Most borrowed books of 2016

Rank Title Author Genre

1

The Girl On The Train (2015) Paula Hawkins Crime, thriller, mystery

2

Make Me (2015) Lee Child Crime, thriller, mystery

3

Personal (2014) Lee Child Crime, thriller, mystery

4

The Burning Room (2014) Michael Connelly Crime, thriller, mystery

5

The Rosie Effect (2015) Graeme Simsion Romance

6

Never Go Back (2013) Lee Child Crime, thriller, mystery

7

The Rosie Project (2013) Graeme Simsion Romance

8

Gone Girl (2012) Gillian Flynn Crime, thriller, mystery

9

The Road Back (2014) Di Morrissey General fiction

10

The Gods Of Guilt (2013) Michael Connelly Crime, thriller, mystery

11

A Game Of Thrones (1996) George R.R Martin Fantasy

12

A Wanted Man (2012) Lee Child Crime, thriller, mystery

13

The Cinderella Murder (2014) Mary Higgins Clark Crime, thriller, mystery

14

Flesh And Blood (2014) Patricia Cornwell Crime, thriller, mystery

15

Hope To Die (2014) James Patterson Crime, thriller, mystery

16

The Beat Goes On: The Complete Rebus Short Stories (2015) Ian Rankin Crime, thriller, mystery

17

Zero Day (2011) David Baldacci Crime, thriller, mystery

18

Gray Mountain (2014) John Grisham Crime, thriller, mystery

19

The Gentlemen’s Alliance Cross (2009) Tetsuichiro Miyaki; Arina Tanemura Graphic Novel

20

Die Again (2014) Tess Gerritsen Crime, thriller, mystery


Most borrowed by category (adults – 18-64)

Rank Category Genre

1

Fiction Crime, thrillers, mystery, horror

2

Fiction Romance

3

Non-fiction Food and cooking

4

Non-fiction Health and wellbeing

5

Fiction Fantasy

 

Most borrowed by category (older adults – 65+)

Rank Category Genre

1

Fiction Romance

2

Non-fiction Travel

3

Fiction Western

4

Non-fiction Sport & Leisure

5

Non-fiction Home & Garden

 

Most borrowed fiction of 2016

Rank Title Author

1

The Girl On The Train (2015) Paula Hawkins

2

Make Me (2015) Lee Child

3

Personal (2014) Lee Child

4

The Burning Room (2014) Michael Connelly

5

The Rosie Effect (2015) Graeme Simsion

6

Never Go Back (2013) Lee Child

7

The Rosie Project (2013) Graeme Simsion

8

Gone Girl (2012) Gillian Flynn

9

The Road Back (2014) Di Morrissey

10

The Gods of Guilt (2013) Michael Connelly

 

Most borrowed non-fiction

Rank Title Author

1

I Quit Sugar For Life (2014) Sarah Wilson

2

Jamie’s 15-Minute Meals (2012) Jamie Oliver

3

New Zealand (2014) Lonely Planet

4

This House of Grief (2014) Helen Garner

5

Japan (2015) Lonely Planet

6

Family Food (2014) Pete Evans

7

Jacks and Jokers (2014) Matthew Condon

8

The Bush (2014) Don Watson

9

I Quit Sugar: Your Complete 8-week detox program (2012) Sarah Wilson

10

Country style homes (2015) Country Style mag

 

Most borrowed biography

Rank Title Author

1

The Happiest Refugee (2010) Anh Do

2

I Am Malala (2012) Malala Yousafzai

3

Wild: A Journey From Lost To Found (2012) Cheryl Strayed

4

More Fool Me (2014) Stephen Fry

5

Call The Midwife (2002) Jennifer Worth

6

My Story (2015) Julia Gillard

7

The Never, Um, Ever Ending Story (2014) Ian Meldrum

8

Not That Kind Of Girl (2014) Lena Dunham

9

Unbroken: A WWII story of survival (2014) Laura Hillenbrand

10

Outback midwife (2015) Beth McRae

 

Most borrowed by picture books

Rank Title Author

1

Colours N/A

2

The Very Hungry Caterpillar (1969) Eric Carle

3

The Wrong Book (2010) Nic Bland

4

Are We There Yet? (2004) Alison Lester

5

Too Many Elephants In The House (2012) Ursula Dubosarsky

6

Big Book Of Brick Trucks (2015) Amanda Brack

7

Where The Wild Things Are (1963) Maurice Sendak

8

Words N/A

9

Spot’s Easter Surprise (2007) Eric Hill

10

Hairy Maclary From Donaldson’s Dairy (1983) Lynley Dodd

 

Most borrowed by children (0-12)

Rank Title Author

1

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2009) Jeff Kinney

2

Thea Stilton And The Journey To The Lion’s Den (2013) Geronimo Stilton

3

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever (2011) Jeff Kinney

4

Minecraft: Construction Handbook (2014) Scholastic

5

The Cat, The Rat And The Baseball Bat (2013) Andy Griffiths

6

Minecraft: Redstone Handbook (2014) Scholastic

7

The 13 Storey Treehouse (2011) Andy Griffiths

8

Ed And Ted And Ted’s Dog Fred (2013) Andy Griffiths

9

The Fast And The Frozen (2014) Geronimo Stilton

10

Treasure Island (2014) Geronimo Stilton

 

Most borrowed by young adults (13-18)

Rank Title Author

1

Divergent (2011) Victoria Roth

2

The Hunger Games (2008) Suzanne Collins

3

The Maze Runner (2009) James Dashner

4

Allegiant (2013) Veronica Roth

5

Insurgent (2012) Veronica Roth

6

Mockingjay (2010) Suzanne Collins

7

Catching Fire (2009) Suzanne Collins

8

The Fault In Our Stars (2012) John Green

9

The Scorch Trials (2010) James Dashner

10

The Death Cure (2011) James Dashner