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These are the top 10 most borrowed books from UK libraries for 2016

The Girl on the Train, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Alert were all up there

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These are the top 10 most borrowed books from UK libraries for 2016

Books are wonderful aren’t they? They let our children’s imaginations run wild for hours and when it's a particularly good page turner, books allow us to drift off into a peaceful world with no other people or noise.

The hit thriller was borrowed 72,827 times between July 2015 and July 2016 - that’s equivalent to around 200 times per day!

From dusty old novels to the latest paperbacks, romantic fiction to thrillers and children’s literature, there really is nothing better than getting stuck into a great book. 

But what books are we actually devouring? Well, according to Public Lending Right, we can't get enough of childrens' books!

But in fact, it was Paula Hawkins' hit novel The Girl on the Train which was the most-borrowed library book in 2015/2016.

The hit thriller was borrowed 72,827 times between July 2015 and July 2016 - that’s equivalent to around 200 times per day!

 

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Responding to the news, the talented author told the BBC: “As a voracious reader possessed of a fevered imagination, my childhood visits to the library were a thrill.

“I credit those weekly trips with making me the reader - and the writer - I became, so I could not be more delighted to discover that The Girl on the Train was the most borrowed book from UK libraries last year.”

The most borrowed books from UK libraries in 2016 were:

  1. The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
  2. Personal – Lee Child
  3. Make Me – Lee Child
  4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Jeff Kinney
  5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul – Jeff Kinney
  6. Alert – James Patterson
  7. Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee
  8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever – Jeff Kinney
  9. Awful Auntie – David Walliams
  10. Truth or Die – James Patterson

Public Lending Right also revealed who the most borrowed authors of last year too and topping the chart was New York Times bestselling author, Children's Choice Book Award Author of the Year, James Patterson. 

He's penned the likes of Along Came a Spider, The Games, and his most recent novel The House Husband

 

The list also included the likes of MC Beaton, the author of the much-loved Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth crime fiction books, and kids' favourites Roald Dahl and Jacqueline Wilson. 

The most borrowed authors from UK libraries in 2016 were:

  1. James Patterson
  2. Julia Donaldson
  3. Daisy Meadows
  4. Roderick Hunt
  5. Francesca Simon
  6. MC Beaton
  7. Adam Blade
  8. Jacqueline Wilson
  9. Roald Dahl
  10. Nora Roberts

 

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