ARE you reading more books this year?
‘Reading more’ is a common and popular goal for a new year, but barely one in ten of us keep this New Year’s resolution.
For people finding it hard to get into reading or who need some inspiration, Warwickshire County Council’s Library Service is there to help. Staff have shared the most popular titles in Warwickshire during 2021.
Last year was one filled with lockdown rules and limited access to spending time with friends and family. Many turned to reading with more time at home, and here are the top ten adult fiction titles read by Warwickshire library members in 2021:
The Thursday Murder Club – by Richard Osman
The Sentinel – by Andrew Child and Lee Child
Blue Moon – by Lee Child
The Midnight Library – by Matt Haig
The Long Call – by Ann Cleeves
A Song for the Dark Times – by Ian Rankin
One August Night – by Victoria Hislop
Hamnet – by Maggie O’Farrell
The Law of Innocence – by Michael Connelly
Hidden in Plain Sight – by Jeffrey Archer
And the the most popular junior titles read using Warwickshire Libraries’ services in 2021:
The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes – by Julia Donaldson
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball – by Jeff Kinney
The Smeds and the Smoos – by Julia Donaldson
Where’s Spot? – by Eric Hill
What the Ladybird heard at the Seaside – by Julia Donaldson
The Gruffalo’s Child – by Julia Donaldson
The Beast of Buckingham Palace – by David Walliams
The Very Hungry Caterpillar – by Eric Carle
The Gruffalo – by Julia Donaldson
Oi Puppies! – by Kes Gray
This year younger children also have the opportunity to get involved in the free Warwickshire Book Bears scheme. Children under five collect a stamp every time they visit the library, and after six stamps they earn a certificate. If they collect all ten certificates, then they will receive a soft Library Book Bear toy as a reward for completion. To find out more you can ask about the Books Bears scheme at your local library.
All top listed titles are available to read with Warwickshire Libraries by joining as a member for free. As a member, book titles can be accessed in-person at a local library, through the online library catalogue here or by browsing the BorrowBox collection which also includes a range of eBooks and eAudiobooks –warwickshire.borrowbox.com/
Warwickshire County Council spokesman Coun Andy Jenns said: “Warwickshire Libraries provide a welcoming and safe space for customers who want to enjoy reading, connect with each other, or find out more from our friendly staff about the great range of free activities and support services we have available.
“Reading more books is a popular new year’s resolution, and Warwickshire Libraries can support both new and regular customers with their reading goals at their local library, or through our libraries’ online resources which can be accessed at home or on-the-go.
“Warwickshire Library membership is free, and our doors are certainly open this year to support our local communities with reading whilst feeling safe, well and connected.”
Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/libraries to find your nearest library.
Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/jointhelibrary to join your local library for free.