Archive for January, 2014

Most Borrowed Books and Authors 2013

Friday, January 10th, 2014

The popularity of libraries among children and their families continues to escalate, as highlighted by figures released by Libraries Development, Local Government Management Agency.

In the top 100 ‘most borrowed from the library’, children’s authors dominated this list in Ireland’s 336 public libraries in 2013. Nine children’s authors made it into the top ten, with Roderick Hunt, creator of over 400 titles in the Oxford Reading Tree series, the most popular author for the fifth successive year with almost 160,000 library loans.

Classic stories remain among children’s favourites with renowned authors such as Enid Blyton, Roger Hargreaves and Roald Dahl in the top ten list of children’s authors, alongside Daisy Meadows, Francesca Simon, and Jacqueline Wilson.

Another world classic, Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl, continues to engage young readers sixty-seven years after the first publication of the diary, through poignant account of life during the Holocaust.

The ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ series by American author Jeff Kinney is overwhelmingly popular and takes the top six places on the most borrowed titles list. This series of books which highlights the adventures of school boy Greg Heffley, has become even more popular following the series of films based on the books.

A new entry to the top ten of children’s author’s in 2013 was Michael Morpurgo, a multi-prize winning author and former Children’s Laureate who has published over 100 books.

The figures for adult loans show that crime thrillers remain in high demand among library users. For the fourth successive year, prolific US writer James Patterson is the most popular adult fiction author with over 68,000 library loans. In total, six authors writing in the crime and thriller genres appear in the list of top 10 most borrowed adult fiction authors.

Another American favourite, Nora Roberts, who also writes as J.D. Robb, is the second most-borrowed general fiction author with over 61,000 loans. The much acclaimed Norwegian crime writer, Jo Nesbø, also featured in the top ten. Nesbø’s popularity among Irish readers was also reflected during his visit to the Mountains To Sea Book Festival in Dun Laoghaire last year when many fans turned out to chat with the writer about his main protagonist, Inspector Harry Hole.

Irish writers and illustrators, both children’s and adult, are also attracting a steady following, with 14 featuring in the top 100. Irish children’s author Judi Curtin, creator of the ‘Alice and Megan’ and ‘Eva’ series, was the most borrowed Irish author for the second year running.

Irish fiction remains dominant in the lists for Irish writers; with 22 Irish fiction titles making it into the top 100.

The influence of the Dublin City Library’s initiative, ‘Dublin: One City, One Book’ is reflected in James Plunkett’s Strumpet City making first place as the most borrowed adult fiction title by an Irish author.

The second most borrowed adult fiction title by an Irish writer was A Week in Winter; the last novel written by the much loved author, Maeve Binchy.

The winner of the prestigious International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2013 also attracted the attention of many readers, with Kevin Barry’s winning debut novel, City of Bohane, the fourth most borrowed adult fiction title last year.

The most borrowed non-fiction book was based on a more pragmatic choice by Irish readers; the Official Driver Theory Test was the most popular in this category.

Position Author Title
1 Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth

2 Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid
3 Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
4 Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw
5 Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
6 Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel
7 James Plunkett: Introduction by Fintan O’Toole Strumpet City
8 Nick Schon Save Pudding Wood
9 Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games
10 Suzanne Collins Catching Fire

2. Most Borrowed Adult Fiction Titles 2013

Position Author Title
1 James Plunkett: Introduction by Fintan O’Toole Strumpet City
2 J.K. Rowling The casual vacancy
3 Maeve Binchy A Week in Winter
4 Kevin Barry City of Bohane
5 EL James Fifty shades of grey
6 John Grisham The racketeer
7 John Grisham The litigators
8 Sinead Moriarty This child of mine
9 Dan Brown Inferno
10 Marian Keyes The mystery of Mercy Close

3. Most Borrowed Children’s Fiction Titles 2013

Position Author Title
1 Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth

2 Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid
3 Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
4 Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw
5 Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
6 Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel
7 Nick Schon Save Pudding Wood
8 Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games
9 Suzanne Collins Catching Fire
10 Jeff Kinney Dog Days

4. Most Borrowed Fiction by Irish Authors 2013 (Adult and Children Combined)

Position Author Title
1 James Plunkett: Introduction by Fintan O’Toole Strumpet City
2 Maeve Binchy A Week in Winter
3 Marita Conlon-McKenna Under the hawthorn tree
4 Kevin Barry City of Bohane
5 Judi Curtin Eva’s journey
6 Judi Curtin Eva’s holiday
7 Marita Conlon-McKenna Wildflower Girl
8 Judi Curtin Leave it to Eva
9 Judi Curtin Alice in the Middle
10 Sinead Moriarty This child of mine

5. Most Borrowed Non-Fiction Titles 2013

Position Author/Contributor Title
1 Road Safety Authority The official driver theory test : questions and answers
2 Mary O’Rourke

Just Mary: My Memoir

3 Guinness World Records Guinness World Records 2012
4 Guinness World Records Guinness World Records 2013
5 Michael Harding Staring at lakes: A memoir of love, melancholy and magical thinking

6. Most Borrowed Authors 2013 (Adult and Children Combined)

Position Author Adult/Children
1 Roderick Hunt C
2 Daisy Meadows C
3 Francesca Simon C
4 Roder Hargreaves C
5 Jacqueline Wilson C
6 Enid Blyton C
7 Adam Blade C
8 Julia Donaldson C
9 Roald Dahl C
10 James Patterson A

7. Most Borrowed Authors 2013 (Adult Fiction)

Position Author
1 James Patterson
2 Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb
3 Lee Child
4 Michael Connelly
5 Maeve Binchy
6 Harlan Coben
7 Danielle Steele
8 Jodi Picoult
9 Tess Gerritsen
10 Jo Nesbo

8. Most Borrowed Children’s Authors 2013

Position Author
1 Roderick Hunt
2 Daisy Meadows
3 Francesca Simon
4 Roger Hargreaves
5 Jacqueline Wilson
6 Enid Blyton
7 Adam Blade
8 Julia Donaldson
9 Roald Dahl
10 Michael Morpurgo

Most Borrowed Authors 2013

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Details of the 100 most borrowed authors for PLR Year 2013 can be found here. The most borrowed lists of titles and authors are based on all the books loaned by public libraries, so that includes authors who are registered with PLR as well as others who are not registered or who are not eligible to register.

PLR: Top 100 Most Borrowed Authors 2013

Position Author Position Author
1 Roderick Hunt 26 Maeve Binchy
2 Daisy Meadows 27 Martin Waddell
3 Francesca Simon 28 Eoin Colfer
4 Roger Hargreaves 29 Jeremy Strong
5 Jacqueline Wilson 30 Karen McCombie
6 Enid Blyton 31 Harlan Coben
7 Adam Blade 32 Rose Impey
8 Julia Donaldson 33 Cathy Cassidy
9 Roald Dahl 34 Danielle Steel
10 James Patterson 35 Lauren Child
11 Nora Roberts/ JD Robb 36 Jodi Picoult
12 Michael Morpurgo 37 Alan MacDonald
13 Lee Child 38 Rick Riordan
14 Terry Deary 39 Cynthia Rider
15 Jeff Kinney 40 Martin Handford
16 J K Rowling 41 Ian Whybrow
17 Dav Pilkey 42 R L Stine
18 Vivian French 43 Karen Wallace
19 Judi Curtin 44 Georges Prosper Remi (Hergé)
20 Robert Muchamore 45 Dr Seuss
21 Darren Shan 46 Sue Graves
22 Anthony Horowitz 47 Meg Cabot
23 Holly Webb 48 Tess Gerritsen
24 Fiona Watt 49 Rene Goscinny
25 Michael Connelly 50 Jo Nesbo
Position Author Position Author
51 Eric Hill 76 Clive Gifford
52 Roddy Doyle 77 Felicity Brooks
53 Lemony Snicket 78 Ian Rankin
54 Lucy Cousins 79 Patricia Scanlan
55 David Baldacci 80 Mary Higgins Clark
56 Cathy Kelly 81 Tony Bradman
57 Malachy Doyle 82 Sally Grindley
58 Sue Bentley 83 Martina Cole
59 Heather Amery 84 Steve Cole
60 Russell Punter 85 Susanna Davidson
61 Lucy Daniels 86 Karin Slaughter
62 Derek Landy 87 Jeanne Willis
63 Anne Fine 88 Melissa Hill
64 Jen Green 89 Ann Bryant
65 Mairi MacKinnon 90 Jeffrey Archer
66 Agatha Christie 91 Tony Ross
67 Kelly McKain 92 John Boyne
68 Sheila O’Flanagan 93 Allan Ahlberg
69 Lesley Sims 94 Anne Cassidy
70 Henning Mankell 95 Sue Mongredien
71 Anita Ganeri 96 Jenny Oldfield
72 Dick King-Smith 97 Claire Freedman
73 Jillian Powell 98 Susan Lewis
74 Brianog Brady Dawson 99 Oliver Jeffers
75 Jean Adamson 100 John Connolly

The PLR Registrar is satisfied for the information in this release to be made widely accessible,

Most Borrowed Titles 2013

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Details of the 100 most borrowed titles for PLR Year 2013 can be found here. The most borrowed lists of titles and authors are based on all the books loaned by public libraries, so that includes authors who are registered with PLR as well as others who are not registered or who are not eligible to register.

Title Contributor
1 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth Jeff Kinney
2 Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney
3 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever Jeff Kinney
4 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw Jeff Kinney
5 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick rules Jeff Kinney
6 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The third wheel Jeff Kinney
7 Strumpet City James Plunkett: Introduction by Fintan O’Toole
8 Save Pudding Wood Nick Schon
9 The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins
10 Catching Fire Suzanne Collins
11 Dog days Jeff Kinney
12 The casual vacancy J.K. Rowling
13 A Week in Winter Maeve Binchy
14 Horrid Henry and the bogey babysitter Francesca Simon
15 Mockingjay Suzanne Collins
16 Under the hawthorn tree Marita Conlon-McKenna
17 Horrid Henry’s stinkbomb Francesca Simon
18 City of Bohane Kevin Barry
19 The official driver theory test Road Safety Authority
20 Horrid Henry and the mega-mean time machine Francesca Simon
21 Dog days Jeff Kinney
22 Horrid Henry meets the Queen Francesca Simon
23 Horrid Henry and the mummy’s curse Francesca Simon
24 My sister Jodie Jacqueline Wilson
25 Horrid Henry and the football fiend Francesca Simon
26 Horrid Henry’s underpants Francesca Simon
27 Horrid Henry robs the bank Francesca Simon
28 Eva’s journey Judi Curtin
29 Horrid Henry’s revenge Francesca Simon
30 Horrid Henry and other stories Francesca Simon
31 Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman Dav Pilkey
32 Holes Louis Sachar
33 The worst thing about my sister Jacqueline Wilson
34 Horrid Henry and the secret club Francesca Simon
35 Captain Underpants and the perilous plot of Professor Poopypants Dav Pilkey
36 Fifty shades of grey EL James
37 Horrid Henry and the abominable snowman Francesca Simon
38 Horrid Henry wakes the dead Francesca Simon
39 Horrid Henry’s haunted house Francesca Simon
40 The racketeer John Grisham
41 Horrid Henry’s Christmas cracker Francesca Simon
42 Captain Underpants and the big bad battle of the Bionic Booger Boy Dav Pilkey
43 Eva’s holiday Judi Curtin
44 Captain Underpants and the attack of the talking toilets Dav Pilkey
45 Horrid Henry tricks the tooth fairy Francesca Simon
46 Little darlings Jacqueline Wilson
47 Horrid Henry’s Holiday: (Early Reader 3) Francesca Simon
48 Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space Dav Pilkey
49 Wildflower girl Marita Conlon-McKenna
50 The Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy: Pt.1: Night of the Nasty Nostril Nuggets Dav Pilkey
51 Horrid Henry’s Birthday Party: (Early Reader) Francesca Simon
52 The Adventures of Captain Underpants Dav Pilkey
53 Leave it to Eva Judi Curtin
54 Horrid Henry and the zombie vampire Francesca Simon
55 Alice in the middle Judi Curtin
56 Horrid Henry rocks Francesca Simon
57 The litigators John Grisham
58 Horrid Henry gets rich quick Francesca Simon
59 Hetty Feather Jacqueline Wilson
60 Just Mary: My Memoir Mary O’Rourke
61 Lily alone Jacqueline Wilson
62 Guinness World Records 2012 Guinness World Records
63 This child of mine Sinead Moriarty
64 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows J.K Rowling
65 Bonjour Alice Judi Curtin
66 Matilda Roald Dahl
67 The longest whale song Jacqueline Wilson
68 Alice & Megan forever Judi Curtin
69 Fantastic Mr Fox Roald Dahl
70 Where’s Wally? The Wonder Book Martin Handford
71 Guinness World Records 2013 Guinness World Records
72 Ferno: The fire dragon Adam Blade
73 Kensuke’s kingdom Michael Morpurgo
74 Horrid Henry’s monster movie Francesca Simon
75 Inferno Dan Brown
76 Horrid Henry’s nits Francesca Simon
77 The mystery of Mercy Close Marian Keyes
78 The time spell Judi Curtin
79 Spirit of the Titanic Nicola Pierce
80 Alice to the Rescue Judi Curtin
81 Fields of home Marita Conlon McKenna
82 James and the Giant Peach Roald Dahl
83 Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator Roald Dahl
84 Pants! Alan MacDonald
85 The Twits Roald Dahl
86 Cookie Jacqueline Wilson
87 Gone girl Gillian Flynn
88 Don’t ask Alice Judi Curtin
89 Skating sensation Rachel Renee Russell
90 Where’s Wally? In Hollywood Martin Handford
91 Staring at lakes a memoir of love, melancholy and magical thinking Michael Harding
92 The Honey Queen Cathy Kelly
93 The sense of an ending Julian Barnes
94 Double trouble Judi Curtin
95 Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkle Dav Pilkey
96 Dork diaries Rachel Renee Russell
97 The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: How Greg Heffley Went to Hollywood Jeff Kinney
98 The affair Lee Child
99 War Horse Michael Morpurgo
100 Diary of a young girl Anne Frank

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.