August: Library Chart Toppers

October 1st, 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 August 2010.

Most Borrowed Titles in August 2010

1.   Official Driver Theory Test – Prometric Ireland Ltd
2.   The Twin –  Gerbrand Bakker
3.   The Lost  Symbol – Dan Brown
4.   Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling
5.   The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson
6.   The Girl who kicked the Hornets’ Nest  –  Stieg Larsson
7.   The Girl who played with Fire – Stieg Larsson
8.   Brooklyn – Colm Toibin
9.   Let the Great World Spin – Colum McCann
10.  61 Hours – Lee Child

The ever popular ‘Official Driver Theory Test’ takes the number one place in August.

Impac Award winner Gerbrand Bakker is at number two with his best selling novel ‘The Twin’ which is currently being made into a film in France.

Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy’s ever increasing popularity is reflected in our ‘Top Ten’.

Irish authors hold their own with award winner Colm Toibin at number eight with ‘Brooklyn’ and the 2009 National Book Award Winner ‘Let the Great World Spin’ by Dublin author Colum McCann at number nine.

Most Borrowed Authors in August 2010

1. Francesca Simon
2.  Jacqueline Wilson
3.  James Patterson
4. Roger Hargreaves
5. Stieg Larsson
 6. Daisy Meadows
 7. Stephenie Meyer
 8. J.K. Rowling
 9. Jeff Kinney
 10. Jodi Picoult

Top children’s author Francesca Simon is once again the most borrowed author in Irish public libraries.

Other children’s writers feature prominently in the August list, with Jacqueline Wilson at number two and Daisy Meadows and Stephenie Meyer at number 6 and 7 respectively.

Crime writers James Patterson and Stieg Larsson’s popularity is reflected in their number 3 and 5 positions. 

The award winning family relationship’s writer Jodi Picoult knocks Impac award winner Gerbrand Bakker off the Number 10 place spot whilst the children’s author of the ‘Wimpy Kid’ series, Jeff Kinney retains his number 9 place from last month.