2015 has been a fantastic year for books so as the year ends we thought we would share with you the 20 most borrowed fiction books from all Hillingdon libraries over the last year.
- Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
With To Kill A Mockingbird being a much loved book by many it’s not really a surprise to see this one on the list. As soon as Go Set a Watchman was released we had huge reservation lists on all our copies as readers were desperate to find out what happened to Scout, Jem & Atticus Finch.
2. Miracle at Augusta by James Patterson & Peter De Jonge
Miracle on the 17th Green was first published back in 1996 and is a very different kind of book of James Patterson book with only two copies existing in Hillingdon Libraries. We can only assume that the sequel Miracle at Augusta has been so popular with our readers this year because it is a James Patterson novel and they always issue well.
3. The Stranger by Harlan Coben
The Stranger released in March has been another huge success for Harlan Coben, the master of the suspense thriller. Be sure to keep your eye out for The Five, a new Sky original drama series written by Harlan which will be premiering at some point in 2016. I was lucky enough to get a sneak preview of episode one and it looks amazing.
4. The Cavendon Women by Barbara Taylor Bradford
The Cavendon Women is the second book in the Cavendon Hall series, a sweeping historical saga that’s billed as being perfect for Downton Abbey it’s hardly surprising that it has been one of our most borrowed titles in 2015.
5. 14th Deadly Sin by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
The 14th instalment in Patterson’s popular Women’s Murder Club series sees Detective Lindsay Boxer and friends on hunt for a gang of killers dressed as police officers.
6. A Vintage Wedding by Katie Fforde
Another popular romantic comedy from Katie Fforde that features weddings, romance and plenty of humour.
7. The Dandelion Years by Erica James
With it’s dual narrative between present day and World War Two, Erica James novel is a tale of friendship and love.
8. Prodigal Son by Danielle Steel
Danielle Steel is one of the world’s most popular authors with vast number of bestsellers to her name it isn’t surprising that the Prodigal Son has been one of our most borrowed books.
9. Lonely Girl by Josephine Cox
Lonely Girl the latest novel from Sunday Times bestselling author Josephine Cox is a family drama full of hope and heartbreak.
10. Mightier than the Sword by Jeffrey Archer
The fifth book in The Clifton Chronicles series, Mightier than the Sword has been described by the Mail on Sunday as ‘a rip-roaring read’ and has proved a big hit with Jeffrey Archer fans.
11. Final Minute by Simon Kernick
Another thriller has made our top 20, this time the seventh book in Simon Kernick’s maverick detective, Tina Boyd series.
12. Private Vegas by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
With Private Vegas, James Patterson claims his third spot in our twenty most borrowed books of 2015. The ninth book in Patterson’s Private series and with one tagline saying ‘Showgirls. Millionaires. Murder’ what more could you want.
13. Three Amazing Things About You by Jill Mansell
Three Amazing Things About You is Jill’s 26th novel and has been described as a novel that ‘will drive readers to seize life with both hands and make the most of every minute…’
14. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Quite possibly one of the biggest books of the year, Paula Hawkins debut The Girl On The Train exploded from nowhere at the start of the year and ended up being the book that every psychological book published after was compared to.
15. The Cake Shop in the Garden by Carole Matthews
With such a pretty cover it is not difficult to see why The Cake Shop in the Garden was borrowed as many times as it was.
16. Die Again by Tess Gerritsen
Die Again sees Boston duo, Rizzoli & Isles back for their eleventh outing and on the trail of yet another killer.
17. The Burning Room by Michael Connelly
Detective Harry Bosch is back in The Burning Room which is book number nineteen in the Bosch series. Harry Bosch has been described as ‘one of the greats of crime fiction’ and it looks as though Hillingdon library users agree.
18. Gray Mountain by John Grisham
Gray Mountain, Grisham’s latest legal thriller features lawyer Samantha Kofer who has been described as his finest heroine since The Pelican Brief
19. The Empty Throne by Bernard Cornwell
Bernard Cornwell is probably the king of historical fiction and the fact that The Empty Throne, the eighth book in The Last Kingdom series is in our top twenty just goes to support that.
20. No Safe House by Linwood Barclay
Our final most borrowed book of 2015 is Linwood Barclay’s No Safe House which is the sequel to his breakout book No Time to Say Goodbye which was a Richard & Judy Summer Read winner back in 2008.
So there you have it, our twenty most borrowed titles of 2015. It’s a list that proves crime remain the most popular genre in our libraries.
by Sam (Manor Farm library)