Aussie readers craving local stories about heritage, identity and relationships | Thrill seeker Aussies have an unquenchable thirst for crime and thriller novels - making up three quarters of borrowed books in 2017 Civica Libraries Index

 

Monday, 22 May, 2017: According to the 2017 Civica Libraries Index, stories about heritage, identity, love and relationships were most popular among the list of most borrowed Australian fiction books from May 2016 to April 2017.

Civica, provider of Australia’s leading library system, Spydus, partnering with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) are announcing the findings to coincide with this year’s Library and Information Week (22-28 May).  The annual Civica Libraries Index is compiled in partnership with participating regional and metropolitan libraries across Australia using the Civica Spydus integrated library management system. The system was developed in Australia and is used by 2,500 libraries around the world.

Topping the list of most borrowed Australian books was ‘Rain Music’ by Di Morrissey, which is inspired by her adventures in far north Queensland and tells the story of two siblings who are struggling with a family tragedy that has set them on opposite paths.

‘Spirits of the Ghan’ by Judy Nunn, a period story set during the construction of the Ghan railway,  explores family dynamics and cultural collision and ‘Truly Madly Guilty’ by Liane Moriarty, which examines marriage, sex, parenthood and friendship peaked at number two and three respectively on the most borrowed Australian fiction books list.

Other high profile Australian authors on the list include popular children’s author, Andy Griffiths, who had three books featured on this year’s most borrowed Australian books index. Liane Moriarty, whose recent book, ‘Big Little Lies’ has been adapted into a television series, also features three times on the list. Hollywood actresses, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman have already optioned for the film rights of Liane’s latest novel, 'Truly Madly Guilty', published in 2016. 

“We’ve always loved stories about ourselves. Tales that explore our heritage and identity - addressing what it means to be an Australian – continue to resonate with readers,” said Sue McKerracher, Chief Executive Officer of ALIA.

“We’re also known for producing unique stories that examine topics such as complex family relationships and it’s great to see that Australian writing is also having greater appeal globally as well, with quite a few novels on the list, such as ‘The Light Between The Oceans’ and ‘The Dressmaker’ enjoying extended success via international film and TV adaptations,” said Ms McKerracher.

According to Simon Jones, Libraries and Education Solutions Managing Director at Civica, in addition to TV and film, the rising use of digital technology is influencing reading habits.

“Many of our library customers tell us that readers are increasingly using technology to find, read and share information, whether it’s to research a topic or discover a new book - it’s now just a click away. This provides library members with far greater opportunities to discover new interests and media, whether it be via books, music, TV or films,” said Mr Jones.   

Index highlights

Most borrowed

According to the 2017 Civica Libraries Index, novels within the crime, thriller and mystery genres dominated the list of most borrowed library books in Australia, continuing on from last year’s trend. This genre made up three quarters of the list.

Lee Child’s ‘Make Me’, published in 2015 and part of the Jack Reacher series of novels, topped the ranking of most borrowed books in Australia. This was followed by Paula Hawkins’ ‘Girl On The Train’, which was last year’s number one and has no doubt remained a popular reading choice due to its film adaptation being released at the end of 2016.

Other major crime and thriller author to hit the top 20 list of most borrowed included James Patterson, David Baldacci and Michael Connelly.  

Non fiction

Lifestyle books and special interest topics were a favourite amongst non-fiction borrowers this year. Japanese de-cluttering guru, Marie Kondo proved highly popular this year, with two of her books on household organisation featuring second and tenth on the list.

Biography

Popular Australian comedienne, Magda Szubanski’s autobiography, ‘Reckoning’ topped the list of most borrowed biography books. Szubanski’s memoir, which explores her family history, in particular the life of her father who was an assassin in the Polish resistance during World War II, also topped the most borrowed non-fiction list and reached 17th on the list of most borrowed books. It was the only book written by an Australian to reach the top 20.

Young adults(13-18)

Teen fiction author favourite, John Green topped the most borrowed books amongst young adults list, with his novels, ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ and ‘Paper Towns’ taking out first and second place respectively, while his debut novel, ‘Looking For Alaska’ reached ninth place. 

Children(0-12)

The ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ book series by Jeff Kinney and popular Aussie children’s book author, Andy Griffiths’ Storey book series battled it out on the list of most borrowed junior fiction, with ‘The 65 Storey Treehouse' coming first on the list, just ahead of ‘The Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever’. 

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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 28.4 million library book loans across Australia to help determine the country’s most popular books.  Data was gathered over a 12 month period from May 2016 to April 2017. 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

About Civica

Civica is a market-leading specialist in digital solutions, critical software applications and outsourcing services that help teams and organisations around the world to transform the way they work. Combining exceptional customer focus, experience and commitment, Civica supplies more than 4,000 organisations in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, the UK and the USA.

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

Contacts:

·         Blackie McDonald for Civica - civica@bmcd.com.au|0289074900

·         Heather Wellard, Communications Manager, Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA): heather.wellard@alia.org.au | 02 6215 8225 | 0409830 439

 

CIVICA 2017 Libraries Index

 

Most borrowed books of 2017

Rank

Title

Author

Genre

1

Make Me (2015)

Lee Child

Crime, thriller, mystery

2

The Girl On The Train (2015)

Paula Hawkins

Crime, thriller, mystery

3

Personal (2014)

Lee Child

Crime, thriller, mystery

4

The Crossing

Michael Connelly

Crime, thriller, mystery

5

Rogue Lawyer (2015)

John Grisham

Crime, thriller, mystery

6

15th Affair (2016)

James Patterson

Crime, thriller, mystery

7

The Last Mile (2016)

David Baldacci

Crime, thriller, mystery

8

Private Paris (2016)

James Patterson

Crime, thriller, mystery

9

The Obsession (2016)

Nora Roberts

Crime, thriller, mystery

10

Memory Man (2015)

David Baldacci

Crime, thriller, mystery

11

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2014)

Jeff Kinney

Children’s fiction

12

Cometh The Hour (2016)

Jeffrey Archer

Crime, thriller, mystery

13

The 65 Storey Treehouse (2015)

Andy Griffiths

Children’s fiction

14

NYPD Red 4 (2016)

James Patterson

Crime, thriller, mystery

15

Alert (2015)

James Patterson

Crime, thriller, mystery

16

The Burning Room (2014)

Michael Connelly

Crime, thriller, mystery

17

Reckoning: A Memoir (2015)

Magda Szubanski

Biography

18

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever (2011)

Jeff Kinney

Children’s fiction

19

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck (2013)

Jeff Kinney

Children’s fiction

20

Never Go Back (2013)

Lee Child

Crime, thriller, mystery


Most borrowed Australian fiction books of 2017

Rank

Title

Author

Genre

1

Rain Music (2015)

Di Morrissey

General

2

Spirits Of The Ghan (2015)

Judy Nunn

General

3

Truly Madly Guilty (2016)

Liane Moriarty

General

4

The 65 Storey Treehouse (2015)

Andy Griffiths

Children’s fiction

5

The Dry (2016)

Jane Harper

Crime, thriller, mystery

6

The Road Back (2014)

Di Morrissey

General

7

Big Little Lies (2014)

Liane Moriarty

General

8

The Rosie Effect (2014)

Graeme Simsion

General

9

The Dressmaker (2000)

Rosalie Ham

General

10

The 39 Storey Treehouse (2013)

Andy Griffiths

Children’s fiction

11

The Narrow Road To The Deep North (2013)

Richard Flanagan

General

12

The Rosie Project (2013)

Graeme Simsion

General

13

The 52 Storey Treehouse (2015)

Andy Griffiths

Children’s fiction

14

The Lakehouse (2015)

Kate Morton

Crime, thriller, mystery

15

The Natural Way Of Things (2015)

Charlotte Wood

Crime, thriller, mystery

16

Indigo Storm (2016)

Fleur McDonald

General

17

The Light Between Oceans (2012)

M.L Stedman

General

18

The Husbands Secret (2013)

Liane Moriarty

General

19

The Woman Next Door (2016)

Liz Byrski

General

20

Elianne (2013)

Judy Nunn

General


Most borrowed non-fiction

Rank

Title

Author

1

Reckoning (2015)

Magda Szubanski

2

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up (2014)

Marie Kondo

3

The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes From a Small Island (2015)

Bill Bryson

4

Everywhere I Look (2016)

Helen Garner

5

The Road To Ruin: How Tony Abbott And Peta Credlin Destroyed Their Own Government(2016)

Niki Savva

6

Cambridge English IELTS 10 : authentic examination papers from Cambridge English language assessment (2015)

N/A

7

New Scientist magazine

N/A

8

Guinness World Records2016 (2015)

N/A

9

I Quit Sugar: Your Complete 8-week Detox Program (2012)

Sarah Wilson

10

Spark joy: An Illustrated Guide To The Japanese Art Of Tidying (2016)

Marie Kondo

 

Most borrowed biography

Rank

Title

Author

1

Reckoning (2015)

Magda Szubanski

2

Everywhere I Look (2016)

Helen Garner

3

The Happiest Refugee (2010)

Anh Do

4

Flesh Wounds (2015)

Richard Glover

5

Island Home: A Landscape Memoir (2015)

Tim Winton

6

When Breath Becomes Air (2016)

Paul Kalanithi

7

This House Of Grief (2014)

Helen Garner

8

One Life: My Mother’s Story (2016)

Kate Grenville

9

The Road To Ruin: How Tony Abbott And Peta Credlin Destroyed Their Own Government (2016)

Niki Savva

10

I Am Malala (2012)

Malala Yousafzai

 

Most borrowed by picture books

Rank

Title

Author

1

The Very Hungry Caterpillar (1969)

Eric Carle

2

Pig The Pug (2014)

Aaron Blabey

3

Where Is The Green Sheep (2004)

Mem Fox

4

Where The Wild Things Are (1963)

Maurice Sendak

5

Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas (2015)

Aaron Blabey

6

The Gruffalo (1999)

Julia Donaldson

7

Maisy Goes To London (2016)

Lucy Cousins

8

Are We There Yet? A Journey Around Australia (2004)

Alison Lester

9

Too Many Elephants In This House (2012)

Ursula Dubosarsky

10

Scary Night (2014)

Lesley Gibbes

 

Most borrowed by juniors (0-12)

Rank

Title

Author

1

The 65 Storey Treehouse (2015)

Andy Griffiths

2

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever (2011)

Jeff Kinney

3

The 39 Storey Treehouse (2013)

Andy Griffiths

4

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Old School (2015)

Jeff Kinney

5

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2014)

Jeff Kinney

6

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck (2013)

Jeff Kinney

7

The 26 Storey Treehouse (2012)

Andy Griffiths

8

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2007)

Jeff Kinney

9

The 52 Storey Treehouse (2014)

Andy Griffiths

10

The 13 Storey Treehouse (2011)

Andy Griffiths

Most borrowed by young adults (13-18)

Rank

Title

Author

1

The Fault In Our Stars (2012)

John Green

2

Paper Towns (2008)

John Green

3

The 5th Wave (2013)

Richard Yancey

4

Divergent (2011)

Veronica Roth

5

Naruto (2004)

Masashi Kishimoto

6

Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix (2003)

J.K Rowling

7

The Maze Runner (2009)

James Dashner

8

Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (1999)

J.K Rowling

9

Looking for Alaska (2006)

John Green

10

City of Bones (2007)

Cassandra Clare

 

Released
Monday 22 May 2017 5:00am