Media Release: Moray’s most popular library books, 2016


THE most popular books borrowed from Moray Council’s libraries in 2016 has once again demonstrated a passion among readers for mystery fiction and a penchant for biographies and cookery writing.

Aberdeenshire crime writer Stuart MacBride was on top of the fiction pile with his latest Logan MacRae novel, In The Cold Dark Ground, followed in second place by the ever popular Ian Rankin.

The entire top ten reflects the trend for thrillers and murder mystery among today’s Moray readers:

1 In The Cold Dark Ground (Stuart MacBride)

2 Even Dogs In The Wild (Ian Rankin)

3 Make Me (Lee Child)

4 The Girl On The Train (Paula Hawkins)

5 Coffin Road (Peter May)

6 The Missing And The Dead (Stuart MacBride)

7 Thin Air (Ann Cleeves)

8 NYPD Red (James Patterson)

9 Rogue Lawyer (John Grisham)

10 15th Affair (James Patterson and Maxine Paetro)

In non-fiction, US-born but UK-based writer, Bill Bryson, led the way with his hilarious journey from the bottom to the top of Britain, The Road To Little Dribbling.

Please, Mister Postman by politician Alan Johnson and H Is For Hawk by Helen Macdonald also feature in the top ten, along with books by TV cooks, Jamie Oliver and Mary Berry.

1 The Road To Little Dribbling (Bill Bryson)

2 Please, Mister Postman (Alan Johnson)

3 St Kilda: A People’s History (Roger Hutchinson)

4 Where Memories Go (Sally Magnusson)

5 I Am Malala (Malala Yousafzai)

6 H Is For Hawk (Helen Macdonald)

7 Foolproof Cooking (Mary Berry)

8 Scottish Baking (Sue Lawrence)

9 Save With Jamie (Jamie Oliver)

10 Annabel Karmel’s Busy Mums’ Cookbook

In the children’s section, the long-time picture book favourite, Mick Inkpen’s Kipper, was ousted from top spot by another cuddly animal, David McKee’s Elmer.

1 Elmer And The Rainbow (David McKee)

2 Kipper (Mick Inkpen)

3 The Scarecrows’ Wedding (Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler)

4 What The Ladybird Heard Next (Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks)

5 Jumblebum (Chae Strathie and Ben Cort)

6 Smelly Louie (Catherine Rayner)

7 Love Is My Favourite Thing (Emma Chichester Clark)

8 Bedtime For Tiny Mouse (Chae Strathie and Sebastien Braun)

9 Elmer (David McKee)

10 The Big Balloon (Axel Scheffler)

The 2016 Summer Reading Challenge celebrated the centenary of Roald Dahl and his ever popular titles occupied several place on the junior fiction list.

1 George’s Marvellous Medicine (Roald Dahl)

2 The BFG (Roald Dahl)

3 The Twits (Roald Dahl)

4 Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone (JK Rowling)

5 Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets (JK Rowling)

6 Esio Troy (Roald Dahl)

7 James And The Giant Peach (Roald Dahl)

8 The World Of Norm: May Contain Buts (Jonathan Meres)

9 Baby Aliens Got My Teacher (Pamela Butchart)

10 Awful Auntie (David Walliams)

As for teenage books, there were some similarities to the previous year’s list, with three titles by Suzanne Collins.

1 Catching Fire (Suzanne Collins)

2 Girl Online On Tour (Zoe Sugg)

3 The Lie Tree (Frances Hardinge)

4 Girl Online (Zoe Sugg)

5 The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)

6 Insurgent (Veronica Roth)

7 Mockingjay (Suzanne Collins)

8 Mission Telemark (Amanda Mitchison)

9 Exodus (Julie Bertagna)

10 Silence Is Goldfish (Annabel Pitcher)

Moray Council area stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Forres in the west. The council and its 4,500 employees respond to the needs of 95,510 residents in this beautiful part of Scotland, which nestles between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.

Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live.

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