List #3: 100 Most Borrowed Books Of 2007

Our fixation with listing continues, this time with Auckland City Libraries’ recitation of their 100 most loaned books of the year just gone.

You can scan the whole 100 by clicking here, but we’ll save you a little time and effort by telling you what we gleaned:

  • All 100 titles are fiction, and almost all are popular fiction at that. John Steinbeck makes an appearance with The Grapes of Wrath and our own Lloyd Jones’ Booker finalist Mister Pip also features; otherwise the most popular titles are what we’d call airport novels, okay for killing a few hours but not necessarily ‘significant’ [BTW, we're not intending to be elitist in our labelling -- our own reading pleasures include such transient tomes as well].
  • We spotted fewer children’s titles than we might have expected — around seventeen from that genre (E&OE — we don’t claim to be experts in children’s literature). Captain Underpants and Hairy Maclary make guest appearances, along with one of Margaret Mahy‘s masterpieces.
  • Amongst the better-known authors in the lineup, we identified Marian Keyes, Patricia Cornwell, Lee Child, James Patterson, Ian Rankin, Robert B. Parker, Alexander McCall Smith, Kathy Reichs, Stephen King, Stephen Leather, Lisa Scottoline, Jeffrey Archer, Jonathan Kellerman, Nicci French, Janet Evanovich, Robert Goddard, Harlan Coben, David Baldacci, Frederick Forsyth, Robert Ludlum, Dean Koontz, John le Carré, Bernard Cornwell, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Lynda La Plante, Dick Francis and Jilly Cooper (and yes, we’re bound to have left off your favourite author – forgive us, it’s holiday time).
  • Also noted, the only mother and daughter to both have titles on the list: Mary Higgins Clark (#70) and Carol Higgins Clark (#31).

And now, without further ado, Auckland City Libraries’ Top 10 Most Borrowed Books Of 2007:

10. Beach road : a novel / by James Patterson, Peter de Jonge.
9. Tim and Charlotte / by Edward Ardizzone.
8. Agent Arthur’s jungle journey / Martin Oliver illustrated by Paddy Mounter
7. At risk / Patricia Cornwell.
6. Losing you / Nicci French.
5. Second honeymoon / Joanna Trollope.
4. Anybody out there? / Marian Keyes.
3. The tenth circle : a novel / by Jodi Picoult illustrations by Dustin Weaver.
2. The hard way : a Jack Reacher novel / Lee Child.

And the Number 1 Most Borrowed Book of 2007: False Impression by His Lordship, Jeffrey Archer.

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