Readers kept in suspense

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Off the shelf: Frankston Library engagement coordinator Susan Bentley with the most popular book hired from municipality libraries last year. Picture: Gary Sissons

THE top 10 books borrowed from Frankston libraries last year reveal local readers have a passion for suspense thrillers.

Frankston Council revealed library members are thrill seekers when deciding to pick up a book.

The top 10 fiction titles borrowed in 2017, in order of popularity, were:

  • Night School by Lee Child
  • The Crossing by Michael Connelly
  • The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly
  • Make Me by Lee Child
  • Secrets of a Happy Marriage by Cathy Kelly
  • A Distant Journey by Di Morrissey
  • The Last Mile by David Baldacci
  • Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriaty
  • Never Never by James Patterson
  • Bullseye by James Patterson

Most of the top 10 titles were borrowed from the suspense genre and thriller author’s best-selling Jack Reacher series, now also a movie series starring actor Tom Cruise as Reacher, appeared twice in the list.

The mayor Cr Colin Hampton said: “Our city’s obsession was revealed, with residents having a strong appetite for thrilling novels, while digital technologies such as ebooks continue to give library members greater opportunities to explore and discover their interests.”

Money matters, the new minimalism fad, autobiographies and healthy cooking tips featured alongside books about real-life horrors faced by women in some Middle East countries in the popularity stakes for non-fiction readers.

The top 10 non-fiction titles borrowed from Frankston libraries in 2017 were:

  • Reckoning: A Memoir by Magda Szubanski
  • Working Class Boy by Jimmy Barnes
  • A Mother’s Story by Rosie Batty
  • The Barefoot Investor: The only money guide you’ll ever need by Scott Pape
  • The Life-changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo
  • Scattered Pearls: Three generations of Iranian women and their search for freedom by Sohila Zanjani
  • I Am Malala: The girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
  • I Quit Sugar for Life: Your fad-free wholefood wellness code and cookbook by Sarah Wilson
  • The Good Cop: The true story of Ron Iddles, Australia’s greatest detective by Justine Ford
  • Spark Joy: An illustrated guide to the Japanese art of tidying by Marie Kondo

“We’ve had more than 380,000 visits to our libraries in 2017, with over 32,000 people attending library programs and events, 746,946 books and 39,728 ebooks borrowed throughout the year,” Cr Hampton said.

Frankston City Libraries membership is free and a wide range of books, newspapers, magazines, movies and music is available to borrow.

There are library branches in Frankston, Carrum Downs, Seaford, Frankston North, Karingal and Langwarrin. There is also a mobile library service.

See library.frankston.vic.gov.au for more details.

First published in the Frankston Times – 22 January 2018

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