Suffolk Libraries Reveal This Year’s Most Popular Reading


4:00 p.m. on December 26, 2021

Suffolk Libraries revealed the most popular books among library patrons in 2021.

Richard Osman’s murder mystery beginnings dominated both physical books and e-book listings for Suffolk, while Kes Gray’s Oi! series was one of the most popular in the children’s section.

Lockdown restrictions made the provision of library services more difficult in 2021 – but Suffolk Libraries had implemented a ‘pick and collect’ service and e-books have become even more popular since March 2020.

Authors who agreed to interviews with Suffolk Libraries during the year proved popular, with Elly Griffiths and Anthony Horowitz making the top 10 most borrowed.

The second most-watched Netflix series of all time also influenced borrowing habits this year, with Bridgerton appearing in the list of most read e-books.

And Jane Austen is the only true “classic” to make the list, with Pride and Prejudice the ninth most-listened to audiobook.

The 10 most borrowed books from Suffolk Libraries in 2021 are:

Physical books

  1. The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
  2. The darkest evening by Ann Cleeves
  3. The postscript murders by Elly Griffiths
  4. Hawks of the night by Elly Griffiths
  5. The Sentinel by Lee Child
  6. Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
  7. Troubled blood by Robert Galbraith
  8. The lantern men by Elly Griffiths
  9. Moon flower murders by Anthony Horowitz
  10. One night in August by Victoria Hislop

Tom Fletcher has written a number of children’s books – but one superhero in your book was most popular in Suffolk
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Physical books – Children

  1. Oi duck-billed platypus! by Kes Gray
  2. Recover-22 by Dav Pilkey
  3. The girl, the bear and the magic shoes by Julia Donaldson
  4. The grime and the punishment by Dav Pilkey
  5. wrecking ball by Jeff Kinney
  6. For who rolls the ball by Dav Pilkey
  7. Oi Puppies! by Kes Gray
  8. Diary of a wonderful and sympathetic child by Jeff Kinney
  9. There is a superhero in your book by Tom Fletcher
  10. The Beast from Buckingham Palace by David Walliams

Overdrive eBooks

  1. The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
  2. Klara and the sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
  3. The secret society of the book and the scone by Ellery Adams
  4. Bridgerton Collection by Julia Quinn
  5. The sea gate by Jane Johnson
  6. The Wild Silence by Raynor Winn
  7. Start over at Acorn Cottage by Kate Forster
  8. The Sentinel by Lee Child
  9. Because of you by Dawn French
  10. see them run by Marion Todd

Saturated sound

  1. A song for dark times by Ian Rankin
  2. Cold mourning by Brenda Chapman
  3. In this bright future by Peter Grainger
  4. Klara and the sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
  5. People of interest by Peter Grainger
  6. The duke and me by Julia Quinn
  7. One way tickets by Peter Grainger
  8. A private investigation by Peter Grainger
  9. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  10. The rags of time by Peter Grainger

Paul Howarth, Content and Resource Development Manager at Suffolk Libraries, said: “We know how important reading is for the well-being of people, so we have found different ways to get books to people. since the start of the pandemic.

“Our eLibrary service has been extremely popular and before libraries opened to browsing we launched a new ‘Select and Collect’ service for people.

“The most popular books are always interesting because they tend to reflect what is popular across the country as well as locally. Detective fiction is always popular with readers and some of the list authors have been kind enough to participate in online interviews with Suffolk Libraries this year.

“Of course this is just a list of the most popular, but there are thousands of other titles offered by Suffolk Libraries and you can always get recommendations of something new to try from our staff or at from lists compiled by experts from our stock team in the recommendation section of the website. “


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