Most popular items for adults 2011

What are the most popular items at Christchurch City Libraries? In an attempt to find out the answer, our staff have compiled reports on the most popular adult, childrens and young adult titles.

Popularity has been calculated by the number of holds placed in 2011.

The lists include all items, so while most titles are books, Adele’s latest CD 21 is number 19 in the list of adult titles. 

  1. The Official New Zealand road code NZ Transport Agency
  2. The Affair Lee Child
  3. The Help Kathryn Stockett
  4. Land of painted caves Jean M. Auel
  5. Sing you home Jodi Picoult
  6. The Girl who kicked the hornets’ nest Stieg Larsson
  7. Daughters-in-Law Joanna Trollope
  8. The Fifth witness Michael Connelly
  9. The Girl who played with fire Stieg Larsson
  10. CoverWhat was I thinking: a memoir Paul Henry
  11. The Leopard Jo Nesbo
  12. The Conductor Sarah Quigley
  13. The Girl with the dragon tattoo Stieg Larsson
  14. The Silent girl Tess Gerritsen
  15. The Snowman Jo Nesbo
  16. Now you see her James Patterson
  17. One day David Nicholls
  18. Belle Lesley Pearse
  19. 21 Adele
  20. 10th anniversary James Patterson
  21. All Blacks don’t cry John Kirwan
  22. One summer David G. Baldacci
  23. Flash and bones Kathy Reichs
  24. CoverGoodbye Sarajevo: A true story of courage, love and survival Atka Reid and Hanna Schofield
  25. Those in peril Wilbur Smith
  26. The Vault Ruth Rendell
  27. Only time will tell Jeffrey Archer
  28. Jamie’s 30 minute meals Jamie Oliver
  29. Room: a novel Emma Donoghue
  30. Mennonite in a little black dress: a memoir of going home Rhoda Janzen
  31. Chasing fire Nora Roberts
  32. Worth dying for Lee Child
  33. Kill me if you can James Patterson
  34. Before I go to sleep S. J. Watson
  35. New York to Dallas J. D. Robb
  36. Troubled man Henning Mankell
  37. Tick Tock James Patterson
  38. Kill Alex Cross James Patterson
  39. Water For Elephants: A novel Sara Gruen
  40. Live wire Harlan Coben
  41. Private London James Patterson
  42. The Decision Penny Vincenzi
  43. The Larnachs Owen Marshall
  44. A Game of thrones George R. R. Martin
  45. CoverThe Torchlight list: Around the world in 200 books James Robert Flynn
  46. Caleb’s crossing Geraldine Brooks
  47. Sophie’s legacy: A Mother’s story of her family’s loss and their quest for change Lesley Elliott
  48. Accidentally overweight: Solve your weight loss puzzle Libby Weaver
  49. Dolci di love Sarah-Kate Lynch
  50. Fall of giants Ken Follett
  51. The Redbreast Jo Nesbo
  52. Smokin’ seventeen Janet Evanovich
  53. Doo-wops and hooligans Bruno Mars
  54. Happy ever after Nora Roberts
  55. The Kashmir shawl Rosie Thomas
  56. The Lake of dreams Kim Edward
  57. The Saturday big tent wedding party Alexander McCall Smith
  58. The Son of Neptune Rick Riordan
  59. The DROP Michael Connelly
  60. CoverThe Free range cook Annabel Langbein
  61. A Rural affair Catherine Alliott
  62. Sister Rosamund Lupton
  63. 44 Charles Street: a novel Danielle Steel
  64. Life on Gorge River: New Zealand’s remotest family Robert Long
  65. Promises promises Erica James
  66. Wait for me: Memoirs of the youngest Mitford sister Deborah Vivien Freeman-Mitford Cavendish Devonshire
  67. The Retribution Val Mcdermid
  68. The Churchills: A family at the heart of history from the Duke of Marlborough to Winston Churchill Mary S. Lovell
  69. Dead reckoning Charlaine Harris
  70. CoverThe Hut builder Laurence Fearnley
  71. Life Keith Richards
  72. The Sixth man David G. Baldacci
  73. The Villa girls Nicky Pellegrino
  74. Toys James Patterson
  75. Cabin fever: Diary of a wimpy kid Jeff Kinney
  76. Lady of the rivers Philippa Gregory
  77. Secrets to the grave Tami Hoag
  78. The Fry chronicles Stephen Fry
  79. Happy birthday Danielle Steel
  80. Rescue: a novel Anita Shreve
  81. The Confession John Grisham
  82. Lola’s secret Monica McInerney
  83. And the band played on Christopher Ward
  84. The Best of me Nicholas Sparks
  85. Eat, pray, love: one woman’s search for everything across Italy, India, and Indonesia Elizabeth Gilbert
  86. Portrait of a spy Daniel Silva
  87. Unbroken: A World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption Laura Hillenbrand
  88. I’ll walk alone Mary Higgins Clark
  89. Madeleine: Our daughter’s disappearance and the continuing search for her Kate McCann
  90. Carte blanche: A James Bond novel Jeffery Deaver
  91. Minding Frankie Maeve Binchy
  92. CoverThe Life and times of a brown paper bag Kevin Milne
  93. Blood line Lynda La Plante
  94. Inheritance Christopher Paolini
  95. Miracle cure Harlan Coben
  96. State of wonder Ann Patchett
  97. Afterwards Rosamund Lupton
  98. Fair Game Stephen Leather
  99. Smut: two unseemly stories Alan Bennett
  100. The Gallow’s bird Camilla Lackberg