Archive for January, 2009

April: Borrowing Habits of the Nation

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

The ‘most borrowed statistics’ are compiled by the PLR Office from data provided by library services around the country.

The Top 10 National List of Most Borrowed Titles and Authors below is compiled using the Top 100 titles from each of the public library authorities.

The data below are from April 2009.

The influence of one event in Dublin City Libraries in April is very evident in the Top 10 list of most borrowed books. The Dublin: One City, One Book project is designed to encourage everyone in the city to read the same book during the month of April each year.

Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula‘ was the book chosen for April which has resulted in its placing at number one on the list. The Secret Scripture placed at number five won two awards at the Irish Book Awards ceremony Dublin’s Mansion House Round Room on Wednesday 6th May. The novel won in the two categories in which it was nominated: Irish Novel of the Year and the RTÉ Radio 1’s ‘The Tubridy Show’ Listeners’ Choice Award.

Most Borrowed Titles

1. Dracula-Bram Stoker

2. Official Driver Theory Test-Prometric/Road Safety Authority

3. Heart and Soul-Maeve Binchy

4. This charming man-Marian Keyes

5. The secret scripture-Sebastian Barry

6. Once in a lifetime – Cathy Kelly

7. The brass verdict-Michael Connelly

8. My sister Jodie-Jacqueline Wilson; illustrated by Nick Sharratt

9. This year it will be different-Maeve Binchy

10. Forgive and forget-Patricia Scanlan

Children’s books continue to be very popular with Irish readers and the first three authors in the ‘Top 10’ authors list for April 2009 are children’s authors.

The most popular author in Irish libraries continues for the fourth month to be the prolific Francesca Simon. Jacqueline Wilson continues in second position followed by Daisy Meadows, creator of the Rainbow Magic series in third.

Books by Irish authors continue to be very popular with Irish library users. The most borrowed Irish author, coming in fourth was Maeve Binchy. Other Irish authors appearing in the Top 10 list are Bram Stoker and Cathy Kelly.

Most Borrowed Authors

1. Francesca Simon; illustrated by Tony Ross

2. Jacqueline Wilson; illustrated by Nick Sharratt

3. Daisy Meadows; illustrated by Georgie Ripper

4. Maeve Binchy

5. James Patterson

6. Bram Stoker

7. J.K. Rowling

8. Stephenie Meyer

9. Roald Dahl

February: Top 10 Borrowed Books and Authors

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

The ‘most borrowed statistics’ are compiled by the PLR Office from data provided by library services around the country. The Top 10 National List of Most Borrowed Titles and Authors below is compiled using the Top 100 titles from each of the public library authorities. The data below are from February 2009.

The Official Driver Theory Test continues to be the most borrowed book in February. The most popular author in Irish libraries continues for the second month to be the prolific Francesca Simon, who along with illustrator Tony Ross, is behind the Horrid Henry series. Three of the Horrid Henry books feature in the Top 10 list of borrowed books in February.

Jacqueline Wilson continues in second position with Daisy Meadows, creator of the Rainbow Magic series featuring in our Top 10 list for the second time.

Roger Hargreaves, author and illustrator of the Mr. Men and Little Miss series also joins our Top 10 list for the first time in seventh place.

Books by Irish authors continue to be popular with Irish library users with both Maeve Binchy and Cecilia Ahern featuring in the Top 10 list.

 

Most borrowed books in February 2009

1. The Official Driver Theory Test – Prometric/Road Safety Authority

2. This charming man – Marian Keyes

3. Heart and soul – Maeve Binchy

4. The boy in the striped pyjamas – John Boyne

5. Horrid Henry and football fiend- Francesca Simon, illustrated by Tony Ross

6. Horrid Henry’s stinkbomb- Francesca Simon, illustrated by Tony Ross

7. Horrid Henry and the mega-mean time machine – Francesca Simon, illustrated by Tony Ross

8. My sister Jodie – Jacqueline Wilson, illustrated by Nick Sharratt

9. The secret scripture – Sebastian Barry

10. Forgive and forget- Patricia Scanlan

 

Most borrowed authors in February 2009

1. Francesca Simon; illustrated by Tony Ross

2. Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt

3. Daisy Meadows: illustrated by Georgie Ripper

4. Maeve Binchy

5. J.K. Rowling

6. James Patterson

7. Roger Hargreaves

8. Cecelia Ahern

9. Roald Dahl

March: Library Chart Toppers

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

The ‘most borrowed statistics’ are compiled by the PLR Office from data provided by library services around the country. The Top 10 National List of Most Borrowed Titles and Authors below is compiled using the Top 100 titles from each of the public library authorities. The data below are from March 2009.

Most borrowed authors in March 2009

1. Francesca Simon; illustrated by Tony Ross

2. Jacqueline Wilson; illustrated by Nick Sharratt

3. Daisy Meadows; illustrated by Georgie Ripper

4. James Patterson

5. Maeve Binchy

6. Roger Hargreaves

7. J.K. Rowling

8. Dav Pilkey

9. Cecelia Ahern

10. Judi Curtin; illustrated by Woody Fox

Children’s books continue to be extremely popular with Irish readers. Seven of the Top 10 authors for March are children’s authors. Dav Pilkey, author and illustrator of the Captain Underpants series features in our Top 10 list of authors for the first time. J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series continues to feature in our Top 10 list of authors for the third consecutive month. Judi Curtin, author of the Alice and Megan series features in our Top 10 list for the first time.

Books by Irish authors continue to be popular with Irish library users with both Maeve Binchy and Cecilia Ahern in the Top 10 list.

Most Borrowed titles in March 2009

1. Official Driver Theory Test- Prometric/Road Safety Authority

2. The boy in the striped pyjamas- John Boyne

3. Heart and soul- Maeve Binchy

4. The secret scripture- Sebastian Barry

5. Horrid Henry and the bogey babysitter- Francesca Simon; illustrated by Tony Ross

6. This charming man- Marian Keyes

7. My sister Jodie- Jacqueline Wilson; illustrated by Nick Sharratt

8. Dracula- Bram Stoker

9. The gift- Cecelia Ahern

10. A thousand splendid suns- Khaled Hosseini

The author of the most borrowed book, however, won’t get anything from PLR! The Official Driver Theory Test was the most borrowed book for the third consecutive month, but official publications are not eligible for payment.

July: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows at No. 1 Position

Monday, January 19th, 2009

The ‘most borrowed statistics’ are compiled by the PLR Office from data provided by library services around the country. The Top 10 National List of Most Borrowed Titles and Authors below is compiled using the Top 100 titles from each of the public library authorities. The data below are from July 2009.

Most borrowed authors in July 2009

1. Francesca Simon; illustrated by Tony Ross

2. J.K. Rowling

3. Jacqueline Wilson; illustrated by Nick Sharratt

4. Daisy Meadows; illustrated by Georgie Ripper

5. Jodi Picoult

6. Stephenie Meyer

7. James Patterson

8. Patricia Scanlan

9. Cathy Kelly

10. Michael Thomas Our most borrowed authors list for July comprises children’s and adult fiction represented by five authors from each genre of writing. Heading the list for the seventh successive month is Francesca Simon, creator of the Horrid Henry Series with J.K. Rowling replacing Jacqueline Wilson in second place thanks largely to the popularity of her latest novel Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Regulars such as James Patterson and Stephenie Meyer continue to feature in the Top 10 thanks to extremely prolific back catalogues.

Books by Irish authors continue to be popular with Irish library users with both Patricia Scanlan and Cathy Kelly appearing in the Top 10 list.

Most Borrowed titles in July 2009

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling

2. Official Driver Theory Test – Prometric/Road Safety Authority

3. Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince – J.K. Rowling

4. Man Gone Down – Michael Thomas

5. Happy Ever After – Patricia Scanlan

6. Heart and Soul – Maeve Binchy

7. Brooklyn – Colm Tóibín

8. The Secret Scripture – Sebastian Barry

9. This Charming Man – Marian Keyes

10. Once in a lifetime – Cathy Kelly

For the second time this year, The Official Driver Theory Test has been knocked from the No.1 position and replaced by J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Man Booker Prize nominee Colm Tóibín’s Brooklyn climbs from tenth (June position) to seventh position with the majority of the remainder being written by similarly established Irish authors such as Maeve Binchy, Marian Keyes and Sebastian Barry. International IMPAC winner Man Gone Down is still prominent on the list in fourth place, just ahead of another Rowling entry, Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince.

January-June: Francesca Simon stays at Number 1 for six consecutive months

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

The ‘most borrowed statistics’ are compiled by the PLR Office from data provided by library services around the country. The Top 10 National List of Most Borrowed Titles and Authors below is compiled using the Top 100 titles from each of the public library authorities.

The Top 40 list of Most Borrowed Titles and Authors below accumulates loans data from January to June 2009. The Top 40 List is conspicuous by the high number of Irish authors featured throughout the titles list, some with multiple entries. Maeve Binchy, for example, appears at No.2 with ‘Heart and Soul’ as well as ‘This year it will be different’ placed at No.16.

In addition, Patricia Scanlan, Cecilia Ahern and Cathy Kelly’s increasing popularity is highlighted by two title entries each and other Irish authors to feature prominently include Marian Keyes, Sebastian Barry, John Boyne, Bram Stoker and Sheila O’Flanagan.

However, one name dominates above all others and that is the prolific Francesca Simon. Her ‘Horrid Henry’ series of books is hugely popular with Irish children as are the works of Jacqueline Wilson and Daisy Meadows who appear at No.2 and No.3 respectively in the authors list.

Another fascinating aspect of the list is that only two of the titles in the Top 40, namely The Official Driver Theory Test and ‘The Secret’ are non-fiction with the other 38 entries either children’s literature or fiction.

James Patterson’s success as the UK’s Most Borrowed Author for the last two years reflects his popularity on both sides of the Irish Sea with the thriller writer placed at No.4 on our list.

A welcome inclusion at No.7 is Stephenie Meyer, author of the vampire romance series ‘Twilight’ and her global success in sales and loans looks set to continue for some time yet.

The presence of Roger Hargreaves, creator of the Mr. Men and Little Miss series, at No.13 in the Authors list illustrates perfectly the enduring appeal of children’s classics and his series are for many their first introduction to reading.

Top 40 Most Borrowed Titles: January – June 2009

Placing

Title

Author

1.

Official Driver Theory Test

Prometric/Road Safety Authority

2.

Heart and Soul

Maeve Binchy

3.

This Charming Man

Marian Keyes

4.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

John Boyne

5.

The Secret Scripture

Sebastian Barry

6.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

J.K. Rowling

7.

My sister Jodie

Jacqueline Wilson

8.

Dracula

Bram Stoker

9.

Forgive and Forget

Patricia Scanlan

10.

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Khaled Hosseini

11.

Horrid Henry and the football fiend

Francesca Simon

12.

Someone special

Sheila O’Flanagan

13

The Gift

Cecilia Ahern

14.

Horrid Henry and the mega-mean time machine

Francesca Simon

15.

Horrid Henry and the bogey babysitter

Francesca Simon

16.

This year it will be different

Maeve Binchy

17.

Horrid Henry’s Stinkbomb

Francesca Simon

18.

Lessons in Heartbreak

Cathy Kelly

19.

The Brass Verdict

Michael Connelly

20.

Horrid Henry gets rich quick

Francesca Simon

21.

Once in a Lifetime

Cathy Kelly

22.

Candyfloss

Jacqueline Wilson

23.

Thanks for the memories

Cecilia Ahern

24.

Harry Potter and the half-blood prince

J.K. Rowling

25.

Horrid Henry’s haunted house

Francesca Simon

26.

Cookie

Jacqueline Wilson

27.

Horrid Henry’s Revenge

Francesca Simon

28.

Horrid Henry’s underpants

Francesca Simon

29.

Horrid Henry meets the Queen

Francesca Simon

30.

The Gathering

Anne Enright

31.

Happy ever after

Patricia Scanlan

32.

Horrid Henry and other stories

Francesca Simon

33.

The Secret

Rhonda Byrne

34.

Horrid Henry and the secret club

Francesca Simon

35.

Horrid Henry and the mummy’s curse

Francesca Simon

36.

Horrid Henry’s Christmas cracker

Francesca Simon

37.

Horrid Henry tricks the tooth fairy

Francesca Simon

38.

Sail

James Patterson

39.

Twilight

Stephenie Meyer

40.

Gypsy

Lesley Pearse

Authors are included in these listings whether or not they are eligible to register books for Irish PLR.

Top 40 Most Borrowed Authors: January – June 2009

Placing

Author

Placing

Author

1.

Francesca Simon

21.

Michael Connelly

2.

Jacqueline Wilson

22.

John Boyne

3.

Daisy Meadows

23.

Brianog Brady Dawson

4.

James Patterson

24.

Patricia Cornwell

5.

Maeve Binchy

25.

Bram Stoker

6.

J.K. Rowling

26.

John Grisham

7.

Stephenie Meyer

27.

Cathy Cassidy

8.

Cecilia Ahern

28.

Eoin Colfer

9.

Cathy Kelly

29.

Martin Handford

10.

Sheila O’Flanagan

30.

Roderick Hunt

11.

Patricia Scanlan

31.

Danielle Steel

12.

Roald Dahl

32.

Darren Shan

13

Roger Hargreaves

33.

Harlan Coben

14.

Sebastian Barry

34.

Jonathan Kellerman

15.

Judi Curtin

35.

Anne Enright

16.

Dav Pilkey

36.

Lee Child

17.

Marian Keyes

37.

Michael Morpurgo

18.

Marita Conlon-McKenna

38.

Lesley Pearse

19.

Jodi Picoult

39.

Megan McDonald

20.

Khaled Hosseini

40.

Nora Roberts

The PLR Registrar is satisfied for the information in this release to be made widely accessible, provided that PLR’s role in compiling the information is acknowledged.