Thrillers are Library Top Ten

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It seems that Coffs Harbour’s readers love a good murder, judging by the top ten most-borrowed titles of 2017.

When checking the figures for last year, the most popular novels were almost all American thrillers with author Lee Child taking out the two top spots for ‘Night School’ and ‘Make Me’.

Library, Museum and Gallery Team Leader, Roslyn Cousins, expressed some surprise at the lack of Australian authors.  “Usually we can depend on Di Morrissey or Judy Nunn to hit the top 10, but even last year’s big début – ‘The Dry’ by Jane Harper – didn’t knock out the Americans.”

The good news is that Australian books were better represented in the top 10 for both non-fiction and children’s books with half of both lists being claimed by Australian authors.

“Now that the busiest time of the holidays is behind us, why not take advantage of the slower January pace to pick up a book?” added Ms Cousins. “Local libraries provide a wide range of reading options, across a wide range of topics and all are free of charge.”

Night School book cover

Night School book cover

Top Reads 2017
Fiction Times borrowed
1 Night School by Lee Child 125
2 Make me by Lee Child 93
3 No man’s land by David Baldacci 81
4 The wrong side of goodbye by Michael Connelly 79
5 Killer look by Linda Farstein 74
6 The stranger by Harlan Coben 71
7 This was a man by Jeffrey Archer 70
8 Alert by James Patterson 69
9 Memory man by David Baldacci 68
10 Last mile by David Baldacci 68


Non Fiction
1 Woolgoolga the history of a village by Neil Yeates 20
2 Road users handbook 15
3 Boy behind the curtain by Tim Winton 12
4 Journeys to abstraction: 100 contemporary paintings and their secrets revealed 12
5 The house on the hill by Susan Duncan 12
6 The plant based cookbook by Trish Sebben-Krupka 11
7 The long way home by Saroo Brierley 10
8 The Rough Guide to Thailand’s beaches & Islands 10
9 And the sea will tell by Vincent Bulgiosi 9
10 Ukulele for dummies by Alastair Wood 9


Children’s Books
1 Are we there yet by Alison Lester 49
2 Giraffes can’t dance by Giles Andreae 45
3 Too many elephants in this house by Ursula Dubosarky 38
4 The BFG by Roald Dahl 34
5 Piranhas don’t eat bananas by Aaron Blabey 32
6 Double down by Jeff Kinney 31
7 Bed tails by Meredith Costain 30
8 Can I cuddle the moon by Kerry Brown 30
9 Russell the sheep by Rob Scotton 29
10 Book with no pictures by B. J. Novak 29


1 Black Widow by Daniel Silva
2 All that is lost between us by Sara Foster 6
3 Our souls at night by Kent Haruf 5
4 78 Storey treehouse by Andy Griffths 5
5 Absolute power by David Baldacci 5
6 The dry by Jane Harper 4
7 Any day now by Robyn Carr 4
8 As time goes by by Mary Higgins Clarke 4
9 Black water by Louise Doherty 4
10 Talking to my country by Stan Grant 4


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