BookshelfTop 10 books borrowed in 2006

More than six million items were issued at Christchurch City Libraries between 1 December 2005 and 1 December 2006. In that period, Danielle Steel, J.K. Rowling, Jacqueline Gillespie, R.L. Stine and Paul Jennings were the most popular authors with library users.

No fewer than six books by Danielle Steel made it in to the Top 10 of adult fiction, while the remaining four places were taken up by Josephine Cox, Maeve Binchy, Sidney Sheldon and Marian Keyes.

Once I was a Princess, the harrowing true story of Jacqueline Gillespie, an Australian teenager who fell in love with an abusive Malaysian prince, was the most borrowed book in the adults non fiction section. Other entries included several books on Christchurch and Canterbury history and the popular Jamie Oliver cook book, The Return of the Naked Chef.

Harry Potter was a clear favourite in the children’s fiction. The last two instalments in the series reached the Top 10, while Australian author Paul Jennings also had two books in the list. Puzzle books were popular in the non fiction section along with history and natural history books.

A similar review, this time just of books published in this 12-month period, showed a more diverse result with the latest Marian Keyes novel taking the top spot in the adult fiction category.

Jacqueline Gillespie’s Once I was a Princess remained at No. 1 in the adults non fiction section.

R. L. (Robert Lawrence) Stine was the most popular children’s author with three of his 2006 books in the Top 10.

Princesses, mermaids and pirates featured in the books of choice for children’s non fiction, although the Edmonds cooking guides for youngsters proved popular as well.

Adult Fiction

Titles Authors Issues
The house on Hope Street Danielle Steel 2781
Safe harbour Danielle Steel 2501
The woman who left Josephine Cox 2471
Nights of rain and stars Maeve Binchy 2427
The sky is falling Sidney Sheldon 2416
The cottage Danielle Steel 2397
Leap of faith Danielle Steel 2181
Answered prayers Danielle Steel 2010
The kiss Danielle Steel 1987
Angels Marian Keyes 1980

Adult Non Fiction

Titles Authors Issues
Once I was a princess Jacqueline Gillespie 7294
A history of Canterbury James Hight 1426
The return of the naked chef Jamie Oliver 1401
Banks Peninsula : cradle of Canterbury Gordon Ogilvie 1369
Contemporary New Zealand art Elizabeth Caughey and John Gow 1298
Rich dad, poor dad: what the rich teach their kids about money Robert T. Kiyosaki 1186
Sumner to Ferrymead : a Christchurch history Walter De Their 1140
A new history of Canterbury Stevan Eldred-Grigg 1114
Waimakariri :Canterbury's river of cold rushing water Robert Logan 1065
New Zealand yesterdays : a look at our recent past Hamish Keith 1028

Children’s fiction

Titles Authors Issues
Harry Potter and the half-blood prince J.K. Rowling 1094
Unseen Paul Jennings 817
Sink the gizmo Paul Jennings 806
Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer 758
Harry Potter and the order of the phoenix J.K. Rowling 667
The Wednesday wizard Sherryl Jordan 645
Saffy's angel Hilary McKay 601
The vicar of Nibbleswicke Roald Dahl 600
The carnivorous carnival Lemony Snicket 600
Sandry's book Tamora Pierce 594

Children’s non fiction

Titles Authors Issues
Exploring time: a history of New Zealand for children Jacquelyn Arbury 1231
Whale Vassili Papastavrou 1140
Puzzle planet Susannah Leigh; illustrated by Brenda Haw 1114
The X-ray picture book of fantastic transport machines Chris Oxlade 1094
I spy extreme challenger!: a book of picture riddles Walter Wick 1045
Puzzle holiday Susannah Leigh; illustrated by Brenda Haw 1037
Paper flyers and other super flyers Neil Francis 942
Discovering New Zealand birds Sandra Morris 879
Castle Christopher Gravett 877
Christchurch: a pictorial history David Johnson 843

Adult Fiction (published in 2006)

Titles Authors
Anybody out there? Marian Keyes
The 5th horseman James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
S is for silence Sue Grafton
The take Martina Cole
Second honeymoon Joanna Trollope
The constant princess Philippa Gregory
The house Danielle Steel
Journey's end Josephine Cox
Cell a novel Stephen King
Dead sky Tami Hoag

Adult Non Fiction (published in 2006)

Titles Authors
Once I was a princess Jacqueline Gillespie
Stamps of the world Stanley Gibbons
Twenty good summers : work less, live more and make the most of your money Martin Hawes
Computers simplified Paul McFedries
Bloodstain: the vanishing of Peter Falconio Richard Shears
Off duty: the world's greatest chefs cook at home David Nicholls
Dress your best : the complete guide to finding the style that's right for your body Clinton Kelly and Stacy London
The family GI diet: healthy green-light way to manage weight for your entire family Rick Gallop and Ruth Gallop
Food to go: packed lunches, light meals, after sport snacks, weekend treats & much more Simon and Alison Holst
Silk riders: Jo and Gareth Morgan's incredible journey on the trail of Marco Polo Gareth Morgan

Children’s fiction (published in 2006)

Titles Authors
Small Steps Louis Sachar
Paul Jennings' funniest stories Paul Jennings
Castles Colin Thompson
Freaks and shrieks R.L. Stine
Fire star Chris d'Lacey
The snow spider trilogy Jenny Nimmo
Don't close your eyes! R.L. Stine
Amelia's most unforgettable embarrassing moments Marissa Moss
Shake, rattle, & hurl! R.L. Stine
Candyfloss Jacqueline Wilson

Children’s non fiction (published in 2006)

Titles Authors
How to draw princesses and ballerinas Fiona Watt
Pets Sarah Khan
The baking book Jane Bull
SpongeBob Squarepants: the essential guide David Lewman
Mermaid things to make and do Leonie Pratt
The whipple-scrumptious joke book Kay Woodward
Pirate things to make and do Rebecca Gilpin
The new Edmonds junior cookbook Sue Lyons
Edmonds for young cooks: beyond the basics Sue Lyons
Rolf Heimann's what's up at Crowfoot Castle: spooky puzzles and mazes Rolf Heimann