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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
Freelance journalist in Birmingham with a passion for the dynamic theatre, art, food and fashion scene in Britain's 'Second City'.
Published February 9th 2017
Love books and wonder what people in the rest of the Midlands are reading? Well, you can now take inspiration from this list of top 10 most-read books.

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What has everyone else been reading?


The most popular novels and authors borrowed by library borrowers have been revealed in data released by the Public Lending Right (PLR) office, which has responsibility of the British Library.

Leading this list for the most-read in Worcestershire in the Midlands is American crime writer Kathy Reichs with thriller Bones Never Lie, for the latest year July 2015 to June 2016. The story is another murder mystery involving Reichs' well-loved forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan as she hunts down a child killer.

Reichs is followed by Barnsley author Milly Johnson and her 2014 heart-warming novel The Teashop on the Corner. Johnson, who won the RoNA for Best Romantic Comedy Novel of 2014 and 2016, features a host of characters who are at a crossroads in their lives.

Coming in third is Summer at Shell Cottage by Lucy Diamond that follows three women – a widow who finds out a shocking discovery about her dead husband; a GP who is busy coping with her family and difficulties at work; and the mother of a teenage daughter whose husband is hiding a secret.

The children act
Ian McEwan's work was popular in the Midlands


Other popular reads in the top 10 have been the family saga War Babies by Annie Murray, Ian McEwan with his tale on a judge's moral dilemma regarding treatment for a child who is a Jehovah's Witness in The Children Act and John Grisham's Gray Mountain.

The full list can be viewed below and are available for free from libraries across the region. Those range from the famed new Library of Birmingham in Centenary Square, Broad Street, to Worcester's modern library The Hive.

TOP 10 LIBRARY BOOKS: WORCESTERSHIRE

1. Bones Never Lie - Kathy Reichs
2. The Teashop on the Corner - Milly Johnson
3. Summer at Shell Cottage - Lucy Diamond
4. War Babies - Annie Murray
5. It Started With Paris - Cathy Kelly
6. The Children Act - Ian McEwan
7. Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Café - Milly Johnson
8. Gray Mountain - John Grisham
9. The Silent Sister - Diane Chamberlain
10. The Little Beach Street Bakery - Jenny Colgan

The girl on the train, most read books, UK
The Girl on the Train was one of the UK's most read books


If you look at the top ten list for the UK as a whole, the list is extremely different and much more thriller based in genre.

Topping the chart is Paula Hawkins' The Girl on the Train, which follows a drunk woman who suspects a murder has been committed. It's been so popular worldwide that it has spawned a movie starring Emily Blunt.

Action spy novels featuring Jack Reacher by Lee Child pick up the second and third spot. Novel Personal was slightly more popular than Make Me.

Children's books feature heavily and no more so than Jeff Kinney's Wimpy Kid series of books, which have three places in the top 10. Those were Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the Long Haul and Cabin Fever. They are joined in the list by another children's novel - Awful Auntie by David Walliams.

Go set a watchman
Go Set A Watchman


The furore in book shops over Harper Lee's second ever novel - Go Set A Watchman - also translated into the library chart too, as it was the seventh most popular loaned book in the country. It is the follow-up to her award-winning To Kill A Mockingbird featuring an older Atticus Finch.

In terms of the most popular author as a whole for the most books borrowed is American crime writer James Patterson - for the tenth year running.

TOP 10 LIBRARY BOOKS: UK OVERALL

1. The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
2. Personal - Lee Child
3. Make Me - Lee Child
4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Jeff Kinney
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul - Jeff Kinney
6. Alert - James Patterson
7. Go Set a Watchman - Harper Lee
8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever - Jeff Kinney
9. Awful Auntie - David Walliams
10. Truth or Die - James Patterson

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