The 20 Most Borrowed Books of 2015

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.

  1. goset 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 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. stranger 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. cavendon 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  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. vintage wedding A Vintage Wedding by Katie Fforde

Another popular romantic comedy from Katie Fforde that features weddings, romance and plenty of humour.

7. thedandelionyears 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 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 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 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. finalminute 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. privatevegas 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. threethings 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. girlontrain 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. cakeshop 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. dieagin 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. burningroom 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. graymountain 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. emptythrone 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. nosafehouse 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)



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