You may have read recently in the media about the top titles borrowed from Christchurch City Libraries in 2015, but that just scratches the tip of the iceberg. We’ve got even more to share with you.
If the publishing industry is a literary popularity contest then these titles from our library collection are the cool kids in school.
In non-fiction last year food and health were the overriding themes. Last year’s king of the culinary castle, Simon Gault was ousted by kitchen queen Annabel Langbein in 2015 with her Through the seasons: The free range cook taking out top spot.
Honorable mention must go to Dr Libby Weaver for appearing no less than 5 times in the top 10 non-fiction.
In fiction, Personal by Lee Child finally made the top spot after getting pipped at the post in 2014.
Mysteries, thrillers and suspense titles continue to be popular and is reflected in the most popular authors for adults list which for the second year in a row was topped by James Patterson, but there’s still ran audience for perennial favourites like Danielle Steel, and even more perennial Agatha Christie, whose popularity continues unabated.
Novels by Lee Child also make a strong showing in the top eBooks list (5 times in the top 20), though the number one spot goes to Eyes on you by Kate White.
The most popular eAudiobook was cross-generational film-franchise juggernaut The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, with the three books of the series taking out the top three spots.
In fact, books with successful movie tie-ins made up a whopping 14 out of the top 20 eAudiobooks, showing that fans of franchises like Harry Potter, and the Divergent series aren’t solely interested in the visual part of “audiovisual”.
In kids books, again classic titles were very popular with Michael Rosen’s We’re going on a bear hunt, originally published in 1989, continuing to find an audience and securing the number one slot.
Geronimo Stilton featured strongly in the most popular kids’ titles and was the overall most popular author of children’s books whilst still leaving room for old favourites like Enid Blyton, Dr Suess and Margaret Mahy.
For teens The maze runner by James Dashner was the most popular fiction title with several other “books of the movie” also appearing in the teens top 20.
Top of the top titles
- Most popular fiction for adults: Personal Lee Child
- Most popular author for adults: James Patterson
- Most popular non-fiction title: Through the seasons: The free range cook Annabel Langbein
- Most popular fiction for kids: We’re going on a bear hunt Michael Rosen
- Most popular author for kids: Gerónimo Stilton
- Most popular fiction for teens: The maze runner James Dashner
- Top eBook: Eyes on you Kate White
- Top eAudiobook: The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins
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