July: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows at No. 1 Position

January 19th, 2009

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 July 2009.

Most borrowed authors in July 2009

1. Francesca Simon; illustrated by Tony Ross

2. J.K. Rowling

3. Jacqueline Wilson; illustrated by Nick Sharratt

4. Daisy Meadows; illustrated by Georgie Ripper

5. Jodi Picoult

6. Stephenie Meyer

7. James Patterson

8. Patricia Scanlan

9. Cathy Kelly

10. Michael Thomas Our most borrowed authors list for July comprises children’s and adult fiction represented by five authors from each genre of writing. Heading the list for the seventh successive month is Francesca Simon, creator of the Horrid Henry Series with J.K. Rowling replacing Jacqueline Wilson in second place thanks largely to the popularity of her latest novel Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Regulars such as James Patterson and Stephenie Meyer continue to feature in the Top 10 thanks to extremely prolific back catalogues.

Books by Irish authors continue to be popular with Irish library users with both Patricia Scanlan and Cathy Kelly appearing in the Top 10 list.

Most Borrowed titles in July 2009

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

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

3. Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince – J.K. Rowling

4. Man Gone Down – Michael Thomas

5. Happy Ever After – Patricia Scanlan

6. Heart and Soul – Maeve Binchy

7. Brooklyn – Colm Tóibín

8. The Secret Scripture – Sebastian Barry

9. This Charming Man – Marian Keyes

10. Once in a lifetime – Cathy Kelly

For the second time this year, The Official Driver Theory Test has been knocked from the No.1 position and replaced by J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Man Booker Prize nominee Colm Tóibín’s Brooklyn climbs from tenth (June position) to seventh position with the majority of the remainder being written by similarly established Irish authors such as Maeve Binchy, Marian Keyes and Sebastian Barry. International IMPAC winner Man Gone Down is still prominent on the list in fourth place, just ahead of another Rowling entry, Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince.