We’re a week early, but keen to look back at the top issuing titles of 2016.  The list is compiled using borrowing figures from across our libraries and reading cafes.

  1. The girl on the train, Paula Hawkins (Adult fiction) 257
  2. Make me, Lee Child (Adult fiction) 254
  3. That’s not my hedgehog, Fiona Watt (Children’s board-book) 183
  4. Goodnight tractor, Michelle Robinson (Children’s board-book) 177
  5. Who lives here?, Julia Donaldson (Children’s board-book) 174
  6. Even dogs in the wild, Ian Rankin (Adult fiction) 167
  7. A god in ruins, Kate Atkinson (Adult fiction) 167
  8. A spool of blue thread, Anne Tyler (Adult fiction) 166
  9. Usborne baby’s very first slide and see farm, Stella Baggott (Children’s board-book) 163
  10. Slide and see under the sea, Stella Baggott (Children’s board-book) 160
  11. Cometh the hour, Jeffrey Archer (Adult fiction) 160
  12. Coffin Road, Peter May (Adult fiction) 160
  13. Colours with Peppa, Neville Astley (Children’s board-book) 157
  14. Peppa’s pumpkin party (Children’s board-book)  156
  15. Career of evil, Robert Galbraith (Adult fiction) 155
  16. You are dead, Peter James (Adult fiction) 154
  17. No cure for love, Peter Robinson (Adult fiction) 154
  18. Maisy’s racing car, Lucy Cousins (Children’s board-book) 153
  19. The burning room, Michael Connelly (Adult fiction) 152
  20. Wild animals (Children’s board-book) 148

So once again the list is dominated by crime fiction and children’s board books.  That’s a lot of murder our readers got through in 2016!  Come on romance readers, come on sci-fi fans, let’s see some love and spaceships on the 2017 list.

Do pop across to our online catalogue if you’d like to place reservations on these titles to see if they’re worthy of their spot in the Top 20.