ALIA Announcement: most borrowed books 2016 Q1

25 May 2016

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has announced Australia’s most borrowed library books for the first quarter of 2016 to mark the start of Library and Information Week, which runs from 23-29 May. Sue McKerracher, Chief Executive Officer of ALIA, said: "Australian library users continue to reach for 'Gone Girl' by Gillian Flynn - it made it into the top 10 most borrowed books for the second year running. Of course, as season 6 of ‘Game Of Thrones’ is televised, readers are turning back to book one in the 'Song And Ice' fantasy epic by George R.R. Martin. It's also great to see Australian author Graeme Simsion's two books in the adult list and that sci-fi action trilogies are gripping young adult readers.”  You can read the announcement on the ALIA website here.

The most borrowed books by category are:


  • The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins, Black Swan)
  • Make Me (Lee Child, Bantam)
  • Personal (Lee Child, Bantam)
  • The Burning Room (Michael Connelly, A&U)
  • The Rosie Effect (Graeme Simsion, Text)
  • Never Go Back (Lee Child, Bantam)
  • The Rosie Project Graeme Simsion, Text)
  • Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn, Hachette)
  • The Road Back (Di Morrissey, Macmillan)
  • The Gods of Guilt (Michael Connelly, A&U)


  • I Quit Sugar For Life (Sarah Wilson, Macmillan)
  • Jamie’s 15-Minute (Jamie Oliver, Michael Joseph)
  • New Zealand (Lonely Planet)
  • This House of Grief (Helen Garner, Text)
  • Japan (Lonely Planet)
  • Family Food (Pete Evans, Plum)
  • Jacks and Jokers (Matthew Condon, UQP)
  • The Bush (Don Watson, Hamish Hamilton)
  • I Quit Sugar: Your Complete 8-week Detox Program (Sarah Wilson, Macmillan)
  • Country Style Homes (Country Style)


  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (Jeff Kinney, Puffin)
  • Thea Stilton and the Journey to the Lion’s Den (Geronimo Stilton, Scholastic)
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever (Jeff Kinney, Puffin)
  • Minecraft: Construction Handbook (Hardie Grant Egmont)
  • The Cat, the Rat and the Baseball Bat (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan)
  • Minecraft: Redstone Handbook (Hardie Grant Egmont)
  • The 13-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan)
  • Ed and Ted and Ted’s Dog Fred (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan)
  • Geronimo Stilton Cavemice: The Fast and the Frozen (Geronimo Stilton, Scholastic)
  • Treasure Island (Geronimo Stilton, Scholastic)

Young adult

  • Divergent (Veronica Roth, HarperCollins)
  • The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins, Scholastic)
  • The Maze Runner (James Dashner, Chicken House)
  • Allegiant (Veronica Roth, HarperCollins)
  • Insurgent (Veronica Roth, HarperCollins)
  • Mockingjay (Suzanne Collins, Scholastic)
  • Catching Fire (Suzanne Collins, Scholastic)
  • The Fault in Our Stars (John Green, Puffin)
  • The Scorch Trials (James Dashner, Chicken House)
  • The Death Cure (James Dashner, Chicken House)

For additional categories please go to the ALIA website announcement here