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Suffolk Libraries reveals most popular library books in 2021

Suffolk Libraries has revealed the most popular books amongst Suffolk’s library customers in 2021.

Before libraries opened up more fully for browsing in the summer of 2021, Suffolk Libraries still found ways of giving people access to books via the new Select and Collect service.

During lockdown Suffolk Libraries’ eBooks were also incredibly popular, a trend which has continued.

Paul Howarth, Suffolk Libraries Head of Content and Resource Development, said:

“We know how important reading is for people’s wellbeing, so we’ve found different ways of getting books to people since the start of the pandemic. Our eLibrary service has been hugely popular and before libraries opened up for browsing we launched a new ‘Select and Collect’ service for people. The most popular books are always interesting as they tend to reflect what’s popular across the country as well as locally. Crime fiction is always popular with readers and some of the authors in the list have been kind enough to take part 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 on offer from Suffolk Libraries and you can always get recommendations of something new to try from our staff or from lists put together by experts from our stock team in the recommendation section of the website."

The lists of most popular library books reflect popular choices across the country with Richard Osman’s Thursday Murder Club topping both the physical book and eBook lists for Suffolk.

Elly Griffiths is always a favourite with Suffolk readers, helped by two online author interviews with Suffolk Libraries during the year. Another Suffolk favourite, Anthony Horowitz owns a house in Suffolk and was another author who kindly gave up his time for a discussion with Suffolk Libraries during the year. Lee Child and Robert Galbraith also often appear in Suffolk Libraries top ten.

Raynor Winn’s whose book The Wild Silence features in the eLibrary list has also featured in Suffolk Libraries’ Wild Reads promotion for her book The Salt Path.

Julia Donaldson and David Walliams are again regulars in the top ten children’s book list but Kes Gray, Dav Pilkey and Jeff Kinney have more than one book in the top ten. The popularity of Jeff Kinney and Dav Pilkey reflect the growing popularity and appreciation for these type of illustrated (and very funny) books amongst older children.

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Customers can reserve titles on our catalogue to collect from any of our libraries.