Picton Library’s most borrowed items of 2015

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Picton Library’s most borrowed items of 2015

Posted on: 11.01.2016

Looking for something to borrow for the summer?  Wollondilly Library Service has compiled a list of the top five most borrowed items from the fiction, non-fiction and DVD collections for 2015.  Contact the library on 4677 8300 to borrow or reserve one of these popular titles.


1)         Deadly obsession, by Karen Michelle Davis

2)         Be careful what you wish for, by Jeffrey Archer

3)         Blood secret, by Jaye Ford

4)         King and Maxwell, by David Baldacci

5)         Shadow spell, by Nora Roberts

 Bestselling authors Jeffrey Archer, David Baldacci and Nora Roberts are always very popular and it’s no great surprise to find their titles on the ‘Five Most Borrowed’ list for 2015.  Deadly obsession however, was unexpected in top spot.  With over twenty loans this year, it’s been out on loan almost constantly, proving yet again that crime novels remain ever popular and perhaps being set in Australia has added to its appeal. 

The synopsis certainly does sound intriguing:

 “A young nurse’s body is found at Clovelly Beach in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Apart from a puncture wound in her neck, she is in perfect condition. But she’s also clutching a rose in her hands – and there’s an empty packet of prescription drugs in her pocket.

 Investigating the scene, Detective Lexie Rogers and her partner Brad Sommers know something is not right. It appears to be a staged suicide. And as they begin to dig deeper, Lexie discovers the case is too close to home.”


1)         Hemsley Hemsley: the art of eating well, by Jasmine Hemsley

2)         Julie Goodwin’s 20/20 meals: feed your family for $20 in 20 minutes, by Julie Goodwin

3)         Going Paleo, by Pete Evans

4)         River cottage light and easy: healthy recipes for every day

5)         The art of handmade living: crafting a beautiful home, by Willow Crossley

 So it would appear that it’s still food we are most interested in, with cook books taking out four of the top five spots.  These titles reflect the growing interest in and awareness of special dietary requirements.  Being able to borrow these items from the library is helpful as they can often be cost prohibitive for people to purchase. Hemsley Hemsley: the art of eating well is:

            “Suitable for anyone who wishes to feel better, lose weight or have more energy, this title includes over 150 recipes - all of which are free from grain, gluten, refined sugar, high starch and are alkaline friendly.”


1)         The Book Thief, directed by Brian Percival

2)         August: Osage County, directed by John Wells

3)         Downtown Abbey: season four (TV Series)

4)         Gone Girl, directed by David Fincher

5)         Game of Thrones: season one (TV Series)

 Interestingly, four of the top five DVD titles borrowed in 2015 are based on books or plays. 

 The book thief movie (based on the novel of the same name by Australian author Marcus Zusak) starring Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson was a box office hit in 2014.

“In 1938, young orphan Liesel (Sophie Nélisse) arrives at the home of her new foster parents, Hans (Geoffrey Rush) and Rosa (Emily Watson). When Hans, a kindly housepainter, learns that Liesel cannot read, he teaches the child the wonders of the written language. Liesel grows to love books, even rescuing one from a Nazi bonfire. Though Liesel's new family barely scrape by, their situation becomes even more precarious when they secretly shelter a Jewish boy whose father once saved Hans' life.”

 The movie adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s psychological thriller Gone Girl was one of the most eagerly awaited releases of 2014.  The movie has proved as popular as the novel:

“In Carthage, Mo., former New York-based writer Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) and his glamorous wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) present a portrait of a blissful marriage to the public. However, when Amy goes missing on the couple's fifth wedding anniversary, Nick becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance. The resulting police pressure and media frenzy cause the Dunnes' image of a happy union to crumble, leading to tantalizing questions about who Nick and Amy truly are.”

 All of the books and DVD’s listed are available to reserve or loan from either Picton or the Mobile Libraries.