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British thriller author, Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series of novels have dominated the list of most borrowed library books in Australia and New Zealand this year, according to the 2016 Civica Libraries Index.

Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels make up one fifth of the top 20 most borrowed books of 2016, while other crime and thriller authors, such as Michael Connelly also made a few appearances. The crime and thriller genre was the most popular to read overall, making up 29 percent of total borrowed books.

While Child’s novels figured prominently on the most borrowed list, the most loaned book is Paula Hawkins’ ‘The Girl On The Train’, a crime and thriller novel published in 2015.

Here’s the list below:

Rank Title Author Genre
1 The Girl On The Train (2015) Paula Hawkins Crime, thriller, mystery
2 Make Me (2015) Lee Child Crime, thriller, mystery
3 Personal (2014) Lee Child Crime, thriller, mystery
4 The Burning Room (2014) Michael Connelly Crime, thriller, mystery
5 The Rosie Effect (2015) Graeme Simsion Romance
6 Never Go Back (2013) Lee Child Crime, thriller, mystery
7 The Rosie Project (2013) Graeme Simsion Romance
8 Gone Girl (2012) Gillian Flynn Crime, thriller, mystery
9 The Road Back (2014) Di Morrissey General fiction
10 The Gods Of Guilt (2013) Michael Connelly Crime, thriller, mystery
11 A Game Of Thrones (1996) George R.R Martin Fantasy
12 A Wanted Man (2012) Lee Child Crime, thriller, mystery
13 The Cinderella Murder (2014) Mary Higgins Clark Crime, thriller, mystery
14 Flesh And Blood (2014) Patricia Cornwell Crime, thriller, mystery
15 Hope To Die (2014) James Patterson Crime, thriller, mystery
16 The Beat Goes On: The Complete Rebus Short Stories (2015) Ian Rankin Crime, thriller, mystery
17 Zero Day (2011) David Baldacci Crime, thriller, mystery
18 Gray Mountain (2014) John Grisham Crime, thriller, mystery
19 The Gentlemen’s Alliance Cross (2009) Tetsuichiro Miyaki; Arina Tanemura Graphic Novel
20 Die Again (2014) Tess Gerritsen Crime, thriller, mystery

Original media release: Aussie readers seeking thrills: Jack Reacher series most popular on library loans list

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