Most Borrowed Titles of 2023

What were the most borrowed titles at City Parramatta Libraries in 2023?

With over 145,000 in our collection including our digital library, it is always exciting to see which titles our library members have enjoyed reading, watching & listening to each year.

Have fun exploring!

This years most borrowed items are….

Top 10 Fiction

  1. Yellowface by R. F. Kuang
  2. Exiles by Jane Harper
  3. Simply lies by David Baldacc
  4. It ends with us by Colleen Hoover
  5. Long shadows by David Baldacci
  6. Desert star by Michael Connelly
  7. Happy place by Emily Henry
  8. Lessons in chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
  9. Its starts with us by Colleen Hoover
  10. A heart full of headstones by Ian Rankin

Top 10 Nonfiction

  1. Atomic Habits by James Clear
  2. The subtle art of not giving a f*ck by Mark Manson
  3. The psychology of money by Morgan Housel
  4. RecipeTin eats dinner by Nagi Maehashi
  5. Why has nobody told me this before? by Dr Julie Smith
  6. Stolen focus by Johann Hari
  7. Thinking, fast and slow by Daniel Kahneman
  8. Rich dad poor dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki
  9. How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie
  10. Retirement made simple by Noel Whittaker

Top 10 Young Adult Fiction

  1. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
  2. The ballad of songbirds and snakes by Suzanne Collins
  3. Good girl’s guide to murder by Holly Jackson
  4. One of us is lying by Karen McManus
  5. The maze runner by James Dashner
  6. Catching fire by Suzanne Collins
  7. The cruel prince by Holly Black
  8. Six of crows by Leigh Bardugo
  9. Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
  10. The giver by Lois Lowry

Top 10 Junior Fiction

  1. The getaway [Diary of a Wimpy Kid] by Jeff Kinney
  2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  3. Camping time [Hot Dog] by Anh Do
  4. Wrecking ball [Diary of a Wimpy Kid] by Jeff Kinney
  5. Double down [Diary of a Wimpy Kid] by Jeff Kinney
  6. Game time! [Hot Dog] by Anh Do
  7. Totally weird! by Anh Do
  8. Rodrick rules [Diary of a Wimpy Kid] by Jeff Kinney
  9. Crazy weird! by Anh Do
  10. Hopping weird! by Anh Do


Top 10 Adult eAudiobooks

  1. Atomic habits by James Clear
  2. Lessons in chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
  3. Spare by The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry
  4. Bookbinder of Jericho by Pip Williams
  5. I’m glad my mom died by Jeannette McCurdy
  6. Promised land by Barak Obama
  7. Apples never fall by Liane Moriarty
  8. The bullet that missed by Richard Osman
  9. The Thursday murder club by Richard Osman
  10. Homecoming by Kate Morton

Top 10 Adult eBooks

  1. Lessons in chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
  2. Spare by The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry
  3. Dirt town by Hayley Scrivenor
  4. Murders at fleat house by Lucinda Riley
  5. Where are you beautiful world by Sally Rooney
  6. The Dictionary of lost words by Pip Williams
  7. Boy swallows universe by Trent Dalton
  8. Dream town by David Baldacci
  9. We were dreamers by Simu Liu
  10. Before you knew my name by Jacquelin Bublitz

Children’s eAudiobooks

  1. Harry Potter series by j. K. Rowling
  2. Splashy weird! by Anh Do
  3. Diary of a wimpy kid by Jeff Kinney
  4. 130-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
  5. Funny kid catastrophe by Matt Stanton
  6. BFG by Road Dahl
  7. Percy Jackson and the lightening thief by Rick Riordan
  8. Spooky weird! by Anh Do
  9. 143-Storey treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
  10. Hive Queen by Tui T. Sutherland

Children’s eBooks

  1. Extra weird! by Anh Do
  2. 117-Storey treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
  3. Billy and the minpins by Roald Dahl
  4. 143-Storey treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
  5. The grandest bookshop in the world by Amelia Mellor
  6. Totally weird! by Anh Do
  7. Harry Potter and the half-blood prince by J. K. Rowling
  8. Crazy weird! by Anh Do
  9. Adventures of super diaper baby by Dav Pilkey
  10. Great escape by Anh Do 

Top 10 DVDs

  1. Jurassic World
  2. Top Gun
  3. Where the crawdads sing
  4. Elvis
  5. Black Panther, Wakanda forever
  6. Black Adam
  7. Ticket to paradise
  8. Ant-man and the Wasp Quantumania
  9. Thor. Love and thunder
  10. A man called Otto

Top 10 Children’s DVDs

  1. Peppa Pig
  2. Baby race and other stories [Bluey]
  3. Muffin cone and other stories [Bluey]
  4. Sticky gecko and other stories [Bluey]
  5. Paw Patrol the movie
  6. Frozen II
  7. Dance mode and other stories [Bluey]
  8. Frozen
  9. Wiggles
  10. Snow patrol [Paw Patrol]

Best Wishes by Richard Glover

When I purchased my copy of Richard Glover’s latest book Best Wishes, I set myself up in my favourite chair on the decking and didn’t really move again until I was finished the whole book.

Best Wishes was an enjoyable, relatable, laugh out loud read. Filled with Richard Glover’s usual wit, sass, and humour. I found myself wishing (excuse the pun) for another few hundred wishes. Somehow, 365 didn’t feel like nearly enough.

If you are looking for the perfect book to lose yourself in on a sunny Saturday morning in your favourite spot, then Best Wishes is that book. I guarantee you will feel a warm glow inside when you have finished.

Should you enjoy Best Wishes as much as I did, do yourself a favour and listen to the eAudiobook version; narrated by Richard Glover himself, it is brilliant! I read the book and listened to eAudiobook.

Listen to this book online [Borrow Box]

If you enjoy Richard Glover’s books as much as I do then why not pop along to his Author Talk on Saturday 18th November 2023 at Parramatta Library at PHIVE.

Happy reading everyone, I hope you all enjoy Best Wishes as much as I did.


Australian Highlights from the Frankfurt Book Fair

What to read

Australia produces some of the best and most talented writers, generation after generation and it is nice to see these writers being praised and highlighted at the most recent Frankfurt Book Fair

We have picked some of our favourite authors and books for you to explore; which we are sure will tempt fiction readers everywhere.

Happy Reading!

Praiseworthy by Alexis Wright

The new novel from Alexis Wright. The only writer to have won both the Stella Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award.

Praiseworthy is an epic set in the north of Australia, told with the richness of language and scale of imagery for which Alexis Wright has become renowned. In a small town dominated by a haze cloud, which heralds both an ecological catastrophe and a gathering of the ancestors, a crazed visionary seeks out donkeys as the solution to the global climate crisis and the economic dependency of the Aboriginal people. His wife seeks solace from his madness in following the dance of butterflies and scouring the internet to find out how she can seek repatriation for her Aboriginal/Chinese family to China. One of their sons, called Aboriginal Sovereignty, is determined to commit suicide. The other, Tommyhawk, wishes his brother dead so that he can pursue his dream of becoming white and powerful. This is a novel which pushes allegory and language to its limits, a cry of outrage against oppression and disadvantage, and a fable for the end of days.

Edenglassie by Melissa Lucashenko

Melissa Lucashenko award winning author of Too Much Lip, new novel Edenglassie is a must read!

When Mulanyin meets the beautiful Nita in Edenglassie, their saltwater people still outnumber the British. As colonial unrest peaks, Mulanyin dreams of taking his bride home to Yugambeh Country, but his plans for independence collide with white justice.

Two centuries later, fiery activist Winona meets Dr Johnny. Together they care for obstinate centenarian Granny Eddie, and sparks fly, but not always in the right direction. What nobody knows is how far the legacies of the past will reach into their modern lives.

Gunflower by Laura Jean McKay

Gunflower is brilliant new novel from multi-award-winning author Laura Jean McKay. The perfect read for short story fans.

A family of cat farmers gets the chance to set the felines free. A group of chickens tells it like it is. A female-crewed ship ploughs through the patriarchy. A support group finds solace in a world without men.

With her trademark humour, energy, and flair, McKay offers glimpses of places where dreams subsume reality, where childhood restarts, where humans embrace their animal selves and animals talk like humans.

The stories in Gunflower explode and bloom in mesmerising ways, showing the world both as it is and as it could be.

Stone Yard Devotional by Charlotte Wood

Stella Prize winner Charlotte Wood has another amazing new title in her heavy stack, Stone Yard Devotional.

A woman abandons her city life and marriage to return to the place of her childhood, holing up in a small religious community hidden away on the stark plains of the Monaro.

She does not believe in God, doesn’t know what prayer is, and finds herself living this strange, reclusive life almost by accident. As she gradually adjusts to the rhythms of monastic life, she finds herself turning again and again to thoughts of her mother, whose early death she can’t forget.

Disquiet interrupts this secluded life with three visitations. First comes a terrible mouse plague, each day signalling a new battle against the rising infestation.

Second is the return of the skeletal remains of a sister who left the community decades before to minister to deprived women in Thailand – then disappeared, presumed murdered.

Finally, a troubling visitor to the monastery pulls the narrator further back into her past.

With each of these disturbing arrivals, the woman faces some deep questions. Can a person be truly good? What is forgiveness? Is loss of hope a moral failure? And can the business of grief ever really be finished?

Other noteworthy authors and novels include:

Bad art mother by Edwina Preston

Paradise estate by Max Easton

Anita Heiss, winner of the Indigenous Writer’s Prize at the 2022 New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards for Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray River of Dreams.