Thrillers are the most popular books with Christchurch library users, led by British author Lee Child’s “Jack Reacher” novels.
Three Child novels feature in the top five fiction “checkout” list, which also includes Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train and No Man’s Land by David Baldacci.
Child’s Night School holds the top spot.
“Readers love a good thriller, enjoying the intricacies of a developing plot and all the twists and turns,” Christchurch City Libraries Content Manager Anne Anderson says.
“These ‘most read’ lists provide our staff with greater insights into the interests of library users, so we can best meet their reading needs.”
For the younger readers, Suzanne Collins still rules the library shelves with three books – The Hunger Games (No. 1), Catching Fire (No.3) and Mockingjay (No.5) – in the top five young adult section.
“The dystopian novels of Suzanne Collins are much loved by our younger readers as the teen characters tackle massive challenges in pursuit of a better world,” Ms Anderson says.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs and Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why have also been repeatedly requested.
Among the youngest book lovers, The Adventures of Tintin by Hergé continues to be a page turner, taking out the top “checkout” spot, followed by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Andy Griffiths’ The 65-Storey Treehouse, David Walliams’ Awful Auntie and The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl.
Top 10 most popular adult titles
Night School – Lee Child
Make Me – Lee Child
The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
No Middle Name – Lee Child
No Man's Land – David Baldacci
Dead To Me – Lesley Pearse
After You – Jojo Moyes
The Wrong Side of Goodbye – Michael Connelly
Paris for One and Other Stories – Jojo Moyes
Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult
Top 10 most popular teen titles
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs
Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins
Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher
Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins
New Guard – Robert Muchamore
Mortal Instruments 1: City of Bones – Cassandra Clare
Divergent – Veronica Roth
Girl Online: On Tour – Zoe Sugg
The Crown – Kiera Cass
Top 10 most popular children's titles
The Adventures of Tintin – Hergé
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
The 65-Storey Treehouse – Andy Griffiths
Awful Auntie – David Walliams
The Enormous Crocodile – Roald Dahl
Where's Wally Now? – Martin Handford
Grandpa's Great Escape – David Walliams
The Smartest Giant in Town – Julia Donaldson
George's Marvellous Medicine – Roald Dahl
Asterix and the Golden Sickle – Goscinny and Uderzo