May: American author Jeff Kinney enters top 10 list

June 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.

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.