Archive for January, 2010

September: Borrowing Habits of a Nation

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

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 September 2010.

Most Borrowed Titles in September 2010

1. Official Driver Theory Test- Prometric Ireland Ltd

2. The Twin – Gerbrand Bakker

3. The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown

4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson

5. Brooklyn – Colm Toibin

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

7. Ghost Light – Joseph O’Connor

8. Horrid Henry and the Bogey Babysitter – Francesca Simon

9. Under the Hawthorn Tree – Marita Conlon McKenna

10. Private – James Patterson

The ever popular ‘Official Driver Theory Test’ takes the number one place in September whilst the Impac award winner Gerbrand Bakker’s ‘The Twin’ is in the number two place.

There is a good mix of children and adult fiction in the top ten this month with thriller writers Stieg Larsson at number four with ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ and James Patterson at number ten with ‘Private’ whilst children’s favourites J.K. Rowling, Francesca Simon, & Marita Conlon McKenna take the number six, eight, and nine positions respectively.

Most Borrowed Authors in September 2010

1. Francesca Simon

2. Roald Dahl

3. Jacqueline Wilson

4. Roger Hargreaves

5. James Patterson

6. Jeff Kinney

7. Stieg Larsson

8. Michael Morpurgo

9. Daisy Meadows

10. J.K. Rowling

Francesca Simon is still our children’s favourite with perennial favourites Roald Dahl and Jacqueline Wilson at number three and four. Indeed, our children continue to be avid readers resulting in the fourth, sixth, ninth and tenth positions being occupied by children’s authors.

Costa Novel Award Winner Brooklyn reaches No. 2

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

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 November 2009.

Most Borrowed Titles in November 2009

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

2. Brooklyn – Colm Tóibín

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

4. The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown

5. Happy Ever After – Patricia Scanlan

6. Heart and Soul – Maeve Binchy

7. Horrid Henry and the bogey babysitter – Francesca Simon

8. Horrid Henry and the mega-mean time machine – Francesca Simon

9. Horrid Henry and the football fiend – Francesca Simon

10. Horrid Henry and the secret club – Francesca Simon

The Official Driver Theory Test continues its dominance as our nation’s most borrowed item, clinching top spot for the ninth time this year.

Colm Tóibín is one of three Irish authors listed, for his novel Brooklyn, which claimed the Costa Novel of the Year award earlier this year.

The remainder of the Top 10 is notable for the inclusion of perennial favourites J.K. Rowling, Patricia Scanlan and Maeve Binchy.

Most Borrowed Authors in November 2009

1. Francesca Simon

2. Jacqueline Wilson

3. Stephenie Meyer

4. James Patterson

5. J.K. Rowling

6. Roald Dahl

7. Daisy Meadows

8. Maeve Binchy

9. Patricia Scanlan

10. Jodi Picoult

The enduring appeal of Francesca Simon’s Horrid Henry series continues unabated with her topping the list of Most Borrowed Author for the eleventh successive month.

May: American author Jeff Kinney enters top 10 list

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

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 May 2010.

Most Borrowed Titles in May 2010

1. Official Driver Theory Test – Prometric Ireland Ltd

2. The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown

3. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

4. Brooklyn – Colm Toibín

5. Under the hawthorn tree – Marita Conlon McKenna

6. The girl with the dragon tattoo – Stieg Larsson

7. Horrid Henry’s stinkbomb – Francesca Simon

8. The girl who kicked the hornet’s nest – Stieg Larsson

9. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne

10. Let the great world spin – Colum McCann

In May 2010, the ‘Official Driver Theory Test’ usurped ‘The picture of Dorian Gray’ to reclaim its placing at No. 1 on our Top 10 List.

The depth in quality of Irish writing at present is reflected by the presence of Colm Toibín, Marita Conlon-McKenna, John Boyne and Colum McCann with Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol remaining extremely popular with its position at No. 2.

Most Borrowed Authors in May 2010

1. Francesca Simon

2. Jacqueline Wilson

3. Daisy Meadows

4. James Patterson

5. Roger Hargreaves

6. Stieg Larsson

7. Marita Conlon-McKenna

8. Roald Dahl

9. Jeff Kinney

10. Dav Pilkey

There are few enough changes to our Top 10 List of most borrowed authors with Francesca Simon, Jacqueline Wilson and Daisy Meadows enjoying the Top 3 spots.

However, a new and welcome addition to our Top 10 is American author Jeff Kinney, who created the ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ series and his new found popularity in Irish Public Libraries is manifested in his No. 9 position.

October: The Lost Symbol at Number Two

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

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 October 2010.

Most Borrowed Titles in October 2010

1. Official Driver Theory Test – Prometric Ireland Ltd

2. The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown

3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson

4. Horrid Henry and the Bogey Babysitter – Francesca Simon

5. The Twin – Gerbrand Bakker

6. Horrid Henry’s Stinkbomb – Francesca Simon

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

8. Horrid Henry and the Mega-mean Time Machine – Francesca Simon

9. Stand by me – Sheila O’Flanagan

10. Homecoming – Cathy Kelly

There is little change in the Top 10 Most Borrowed Titles this month as the ‘Official Driver Theory Test’ assumes its, by now, rightful place at the top of the list. The remainder of the list consists of recent blockbuster successes such as Dan Brown’s ‘The Lost Symbol’ and Stieg Larsson’s ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’, alongside the more established children’s favourites of both Francesca Simon and J.K. Rowling.

The Top 10 is refreshed somewhat by the appearance of both Sheila O’Flanagan and Cathy Kelly with their respective new fiction titles ‘Stand by Me’ and ‘Homecoming’.

Most Borrowed Authors in October 2010

1. Francesca Simon

2. Jacqueline Wilson

3. Roger Hargreaves

4. James Patterson

5. Jeff Kinney

6. Roald Dahl

7. Daisy Meadows

8. J.K. Rowling

9. Stieg Larsson

10. Judi Curtin

Children’s authors continue to dominate our Most Borrowed Authors list with Francesca Simon as popular now as she was when these lists were first compiled two years ago.

The remaining nine spots include seven children’s writers, with Jeff Kinney establishing himself as a constant presence as one of Ireland’s most popular authors of recent vintage.

April: Oscar Wilde’s classic in No. 1 Spot

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

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 2010.

Most Borrowed Titles in April 2010

1. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

2. Official Driver Theory Test – Prometric Ireland Ltd

3. The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown

4. Brooklyn – Colm Toibín

5. Horrid Henry’s stinkbomb – Francesca Simon

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

7. Horrid Henry and the Bogey Babysitter – Francesca Simon

8. Horrid Henry and the mega-mean time machine – Francesca Simon

9. Let the great world spin – Colum McCann

10. The girl with the dragon tattoo – Stieg Larsson

The influence of Dublin City Library’s ‘Dublin: One City, One Book’ initiative is reflected in their 2010 selection of Oscar Wilde’s classic ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ placed in the No. 1 spot.

Two heavyweights of the contemporary Irish writing scene also feature prominently on our list with the coincidence of both Colm Toibín’s ‘Brooklyn’ and Colum McCann’s ‘Let the great world spin’ set in New York.

Most Borrowed Authors in April 2010

1. Francesca Simon

2. Jacqueline Wilson

3. Roald Dahl

4. James Patterson

5. Roger Hargreaves

6. J.K. Rowling

7. Oscar Wide

8. Stieg Larsson

9. Marita Conlon-McKenna

10. Daisy Meadows

Children’s authors dominate the list of most borrowed authors for April 2010 with interest in Francesca Simon’s ‘Horrid Henry’ showing few signs of waning, as Francesca Simon claims the No. 1 spot once again.

Old favourites such as Roald Dahl, Roger Hargreaves and J.K. Rowling are joined by Irish author Marita Conlon-McKenna, author of the ‘Children of the Famine Trilogy’, with ‘Under the hawthorn tree’ her most appealing and successful creation to date.