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Civica Libraries Index reveal reading habits of Aussie and Kiwi booklovers over lockdown

Civica Libraries Index reveal reading habits of Aussie and Kiwi booklovers over lockdown

The Civica Libraries Index have revealed their 2021 statistics, which show what Australian and New Zealand readers have been borrowing from libraries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now in its sixth year of operation, the index looks at borrowing data from over 34 million loans, across 104 regional and metropolitan areas in Australia and New Zealand. The stats reveal that Antipodean readers have taken particularly to mystery and thriller novels, and biographies, over the past tumultuous year.

The most borrowed book was Jane Harper's The Survivors. Another Harper book, The Lost Man, also featured at #5 on the list. Michelle Obama's memoir Becoming hit the #2 spot, followed by Lee Child's Blue Moon and Dervla McTiernan's The Good Turn. Australian authors dominated the top 20, with Michael Robotham, Trent Dalton and Ahn Do having multiple entries.

You can full the top 20 list below.

1

The survivors (2020)

Jane Harper

2

Becoming (2018)

Michelle Obama

3

Blue moon (2019)

Lee Child

4

The good turn (2020)

Dervla McTiernan

5

The lost man (2018)

Jane Harper

6

When she was good (2020)

Michael Robotham

7

The scent keeper (2019)

Erica Bauermeister

8

Diary of a wimpy kid. Wrecking ball (2019)

Jeff Kinney

9

The 117 -storey treehouse (2019)

Andy Griffiths

10

Fair warning (2020)

Michael Connelly

11

Good girl bad girl (2019)

Michael Robotham

12

Vote WeirDo (2020)

Anh Do

13

Boy swallows universe (2018)

Trent Dalton

14

A room made of leaves: a novel (2020)

Kate Grenville

15

Art time! (2020)

Anh Do

16

Nine perfect strangers (2018)

Liane Moriarty

17

Too much and never enough: how my family created the world's most dangerous man (2020)

Mary Trump

18

The weekend (2019)

Charlotte Wood

19

All our shimmering skies (2020)

Trent Dalton

20

Weirdomania! (2019)

Anh Do