November: Harry Potter in Number One Position

January 7th, 2011

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 2010.

Most Borrowed Titles in November 2010

1.   Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling
2.   Official Driver Theory Test – Prometric Ireland Ltd
3.   The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson
4.   The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown
5.   Horrid Henry’s Christmas Cracker – Francesca Simon
6.   Horrid Henry and the Bogey Babysitter – Francesca Simon
7.   Ghost Light – Joseph O’Connor
8.   Horrid Henry’s Stinkbomb – Francesca Simon
9.   Horrid Henry gets rich quick – Francesca Simon
10.  Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling

November’s data of Most Borrowed Titles sees the ‘Official Driver Theory Test’ knocked off top spot down to number two in favour of J.K. Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ while Stieg Larsson’s ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ is placed third in our monthly Top ten.  

Francesca Simon is accountable for four out of ten titles, with her seasonal offering, ‘Horrid Henry’s Christmas Cracker’ well placed at number five while Irish authors are represented by Joseph O’Connor’s latest offering, ‘Ghost Light’, which appears in seventh spot.

Most Borrowed Authors in November 2010

1.  Francesca Simon
2.  J.K. Rowling
3.  Roald Dahl
4.  Jacqueline Wilson
5.  Roger Hargreaves
 6. James Patterson
 7. Jeff Kinney
 8. Stieg Larsson
 9. Daisy Meadows
 10. Judi Curtin

The data for Most Borrowed Authors in November 2010 shows only a slight variance from the previous month as the Top 10 authors remain the same, with only their positions in the list altered to any degree.

J.K. Rowling moves from number eight to number two thanks to the success of her ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ with Roald Dahl also making impressive headway as he moves from number 6 to number 3.

The only Irish author represented is London-born but Irish reared Judi Curtin, who occupies 10th place on the list due largely to the popularity of her ‘Alice and Megan’ series of children’s titles.