The Most Borrowed Books in 2014

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Irish Times Survey photoThe Irish Times today (Mon, 17th Nov) published a story - "Survey reveals the most borrowed library books in Ireland" - listing,as the title states, the most borrowed books in Irish public libraries in the year to date. Dublin City Public Libraries contributed to the survey of course, and for your delectation we reproduce below some of the data we furnished. Topping the fiction list in Dublin City is the winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, 'The Sound of Things Falling' by Colombian author Juan Gabriel Vásquez. Interesting to note also that the list is dominated by titles on the Award shortlist. The most popular non-fiction title has been the book selected for last April's Dublin: One City, One Book reading initiative, 'If Ever You Go: a Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song'.

The top children's title, 'The Powers: the Not-So-Super Superheroes' by Kevin Stevens, in fact topped the overall list here in Dublin City, while the 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' series has proven to be the best read series by some distance. As if to demonstrate the 'power' of library reading initiatives, 'The Powers' was the 2014 Citywide Read for Children choice. 

(titles links below are to the library catalogue)

The Sound of Things FallingMost Popular Adult Fiction

  1. The Sound of Things Falling (Juan Gabriel Vásquez) 
  2. The Spinning Heart (Donal Ryan)
  3. The Light of Amsterdam (David Park)
  4. Questions of Travel (Michelle De Kretser)
  5. A Death in the Family (Karl Ove Knausgaard)
  6. Strumpet City (James Plunkett)
  7. Detour (Bakker Gerbrand)
  8. City of Bohane (Kevin Barry)




The PowersMost Popular Children's Books

  1. The Powers: the Not-So-Super Superheroes (Kevin Stevens) 
  2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid - The Third Wheel (Jeff Kinney) 
  3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Cabin Fever (Jeff Kinney) 
  4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Hard Luck (Jeff Kinney) 
  5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Ugly Truth (Jeff Kinney)
  6. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (J.K. Rowling)





If Ever You GoMost Popular Adult Non-fiction

  1. If Ever You Go: a Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song (Various) 
  2. Official Driver Theory Test (Road Safety Authority) 
  3. The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness (multiple authors) 
  4. Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation (Jon Kabat-Zinn) 
  5. Staring at Lakes: a Memoir of Love, Melancholy and Magical Thinking (Michael Harding)

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