Thrillers and kids titles most popular books at Hertfordshire Libraries

Published: 20 Feb 2018

The most borrowed books from Hertfordshire Libraries continue to be children’s books, with the popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney trumping all other titles in 2017 with over 5,300 loans of two books from the series.

J.K. Rowling’s titles are still much-loved; Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was borrowed over 1,700 times last year.

Children’s authors Julia Donaldson and David Walliams’ books are some of the most frequently loaned titles over the last year, with multiple from each author making the top 20 most borrowed books list.

Outside of children’s books, thrillers are most popular.

Author Lee Child’s novel Night School made it into the top three most borrowed books at our libraries, with his thrillers from the Jack Reacher series dominating the list.

Legal thriller writer John Grisham’s titles have been very well read in Hertfordshire as well, and last year alone his books Camino Island and The Whistler were loaned a combined total of 3,499 times.

David Baldacci’s thriller title The Fix has been frequently loaned too.

Cabinet Member for Libraries, Terry Douris, said:

“It’s great to see the classics and old favourites are still read and loved by so many residents, as well as a mix of new names that have made the top loaned list in Hertfordshire Libraries.

“Borrowing books is just one of the many services on offer to residents at our libraries, and we’re pleased to be continually expanding our collection of books that can be loaned in our eLibrary.”

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