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Top 10 adult and children’s books borrowed from LiveWire libraries in 2019 revealed

Top 10 Books

LiveWire’s Community Librarian Team has revealed Warrington’s most borrowed books of 2019.

Topping the fiction list for adults is The Second Child by Caroline Bond, which was a designated ‘Book of the Month’ during 2019 – showing hope popular the initiative is with encouraging library users to try new books. Big name thriller authors like Lee Child, James Patterson, Michael Connelly and David Baldacci were other popular choices.

Junior fiction sees Jessica Parish’s popular Pugalugs series most popular for the third year running, with the usual big names dominating the rest of the list – David Walliams, and the Wimpy Kids books.

The most popular adult non-fiction book borrowed was a local choice – Warrington History Tour by Janice Hayes – Janice also had another local history title in the top 10. Recipe books by famous faces including Mary Berry, Jamie Oliver and Joe Wicks also helped make up the top 10 – while Michelle Obama’s autobiography Becoming also proved popular with borrowers.

Junior Non-Fiction is dominated by the gaming and technology genres – including LiveWire’s new stock of augmented reality books – however in there is a lovely traditional book on how to tell the time, complete with an adjustable clock on the front cover.

The teenage category sees books on the popular online game Fortnite just pippin Philip Pullman to top spot. The rest of the list is made up of a couple of classics and a couple of more recent titles. Also good to see a comic book in there, proving young adult readers in Warrington enjoy a diverse selection of reads

Matthew Entwistle, LiveWire Community Librarian, said: “It’s fascinating looking back over the past 12 months and seeing what proved to be the most popular choices for our members. It’s fantastic to see the wide range of genres and authors making up these top 10 lists. Here’s looking forward to an equally enjoyable 12 months of reading in 2020. Why not make it one of your New Year’s Resolutions to visit your local LiveWire library and enjoy and old favourite or perhaps pick out a new author to try?”


Top 10 Borrowed Books Fiction Books – Adult

  1. The Second Child by Caroline Bond
  2. The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton
  3. Careless Love by Peter Robinson
  4. In a House of Lies by Ian Rankin
  5. The Midnight Line by Lee Child
  6. Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci
  7. Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly
  8. Wild Fire by Ann Cleeves
  9. Past Tense by Lee Child
  10. Revenge by James Patterson


Top 10 Borrowed Books Non Fiction Books – Adult

  1. Warrington History Tour by Janice Hayes
  2. This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay
  3. Lean in 15: Veggie by Joe Wicks
  4. Mary Berry’s Quick Cooking by Mary Berry
  5. Live Green: 52 Steps for a More Sustainable Life by Jen Chillingsworth
  6. 5 Ingredients: Quick and Easy Food by Jamie Oliver
  7. Lean in 15: The Shape Plan by Joe Wicks
  8. Warrington at Work by Janice Hayes
  9. The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
  10. Becoming by Michelle Obama

Top 10 Borrowed Books Fiction Books – Junior

  1. The Adventures of Pugalugs by Jessica Paris
  2. The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney (Wimpy Kid)
  3. Fing by David Walliams
  4. The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney (Wimpy Kid)
  5. Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney (Wimpy Kid)
  6. Dog Days by Jeff Kinney (Wimpy Kid)
  7. Supertato: Veggies Assemble by Sue Hendra
  8. Old School by Jeff Kinney (Wimpy Kid)
  9. The Ice Monster by David Walliams
  10. Everything’s Amazing (Sort Of) by Liz Pichon

Top 10 Borrowed Books Non Fiction Books – Junior

1.    Planets ARVR – Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Powered Book          

  1. Minecraft Master Builder Toolkit by Jonathan Green.
  2. Ultimate Cars by Clive Gifford.
  3. Roblox: Top Adventure Games
  4. Create With Code by Clyde Hatter
  5. Make Your Own Game: Create With Code by Jurie Horneman
  6. DK How To Tell The Time by Sean McArdle.
  7. The LEGO Movie 2: The Awesomest, Amazing, Most Epic Movie Guide in the Universe!
  8. Roblox Master Gamer’s Guide
  9. Minecraft Master Builder World Tour

Top 10 Borrowed Fiction Books – Teenage

  1. Fortnite Ultimate Winner’s Guide by Kevin Pettman
  2. La Bella Sauvage: The Book of Dust Vol 1 by Philip Pullman
  3. The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas by John Boynes
  4. 100% Unofficial Fortnite Pro Guide by Daniel Lipscombe
  5. Moonrise by Sarah Crossan
  6. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
  7. Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
  8. Forever Young: Spiderman Graphic Novel by Stefan Petrucha
  9. The Monsters We Deserve by Marcus Sedgwick
  10. Expelled by James Patterson

The lists reflect borrowing figures from January to November 2019. For more information on LiveWire’s libraries, including events and how to get involved, visit

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