Most Borrowed Fiction Books in Autumn

Last three months the most popular loans mixed with popular authors and some new ones at City of Parramatta Libraries.

For examples, Liane Moriarty stays on the top list with her new title Nine perfect strangers and it sets the storylines at the health and wellness resort Tranquillum House. Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage, and absorb the meditative ambience while enjoying their hot stone massages. Watching over them is the resort’s director, a woman on a mission to reinvigorate their tired minds and bodies. These nine perfect strangers have no idea what is about to hit them. Moriarty’s other titles Truly madly guilty was also still loved by our borrowers.

Equally commended are some titles, by, the bestselling and award-winning Aussie writer Jane Harper, is The lost man. Two brothers meet at the remote fence line separating their cattle ranches in the lonely outback. In an isolated belt of Western Australia, they are each other’s nearest neighbour, their homes four hours’ drive apart. The third brother lies dead at their feet… Dark, suspenseful, and deeply atmospheric, The Lost Man is the highly anticipated after her high claimed titles of The Dry and Force of Nature, which were continuously favoured by our readers.

Maybe it’s the genre of crime that intrigues our readers when looking all those listed. For example, another Aussie writer, Michael Robotham. His latest The other wife is very popular. The storylines set in a once outstanding family. William and Mary have been married sixty years. William is a celebrated surgeon, Mary a devoted wife. Both are strong believers in right and wrong. William and Olivia have been together twenty years. Olivia was once a tennis star, but her career has long since faded. Clinical psychologist Joe O’Loughlin knows only one of these stories to be true. But when he is called to his father’s bedside after a brutal attack, everything he once knew is turned upside down. Is it possible his father, the upstanding citizen, was leading a double life? And who is the strange woman claiming to be his other wife?

Two kinds of truth by Michael Connelly continues his detective Bosch’s story from the series, along with Dark sacred night to seek justice for victims as well as clear up Bosch’s own reputation.

Still on crime, Lee Child’s Past tense continues Jack Reacher’s story. He plans to follow the autumn sun on an epic road trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn’t get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been – the town where his father was born. But what happens afterwards? You’ll have to read it to know. Child’s The midnight line, Make me and Night school are still within the top 20 list.

Of course we can include James Patterson’s The president is missing, The nowhere child by Christian White, Turning point by Danielle Steel and Origin by Dan Brown on this popular crime list.

However I’ll certainly pay my respect to a long waited book,  Bridge of clay by Markus Zusak, It’s a story of five brothers in the aftermath of family tragedies. At once an existential riddle and a search for redemption, this tale of five brothers coming of age in a house with no rules brims with energy, joy and pathos.

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman has caught eyes of a lot reviewers. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day, and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life. Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than… fine?

Another highly commended fiction title, which won 2019 INDIE Award of Book of the Year, ABIA Award, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards of UTS Glenda Adams Award and People’s Choice award & the MUD Literary Prize, Boy swallows universe by Trent Dalton, the first time novelist. Set in Brisbane, 1983, A lost father, a mute brother, a mum in jail, a heroin dealer for a stepfather and a notorious crim for a babysitter. It’s not as if Eli’s life isn’t complicated enough already. He’s just trying to follow his heart, learning what it takes to be a good man, but life just keeps throwing obstacles in the way – not least of which is Tytus Broz, legendary Brisbane drug dealer. But Eli’s life is about to get a whole lot more serious. He’s about to fall in love. And, oh yeah, he has to break into Boggo Road Gaol on Christmas Day, to save his mum.