We love seeing what our community borrows from the library and each year we gather the top 100 most borrowed adult fiction titles to share.

Once again this year we saw a huge interest in Australian literature with titles such as The good people by Hannah Kent, who we were proud to have speak at Camberwell Library during the Melbourne Writer’s Festival, and The natural way of things by acclaimed Stella Prize winning author, Charlotte Wood.

You also love a good crime novel such as The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins and Jane Harper’s The dry.

George Orwell’s Nineteen eighty-four is an enduring classic favourite and titles such as The book thief by Markus Zusak and Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey continue to be popular every year.

The author whose books were most borrowed in 2017 was Ann Cleeves.

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Boroondara Library Service's 100 most borrowed adult fiction books in 2017

  1. Truly madly guilty* by Liane Moriarty
  2. The good people* by Hannah Kent
  3. The girl on the trainby Paula Hawkins
  4. Night school by Lee Child
  5. The wrong side of goodbye by Michael Connelly
  6. The dry* by Jane Harper
  7. All the light we cannot see: a novel* by Anthony Doerr
  8. The last painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith
  9. Burial rites* by Hannah Kent
  10. Big little lies by Liane Moriarty
  11. My brilliant friend* by Elena Ferrante
  12. Go set a watchman* by Harper Lee
  13. The light between oceans* by M. L. Stedman
  14. Into the water* by Paula Hawkins
  15. The course of love* by Alain De Botton
  16. Our souls at night* by Kent Haruf
  17. The sellout* by Paul Beatty
  18. The secret chord by Geraldine Brooks
  19. Personal by Lee Child
  20. A little life by Hanya Yanagihara
  21. Make me by Lee Child
  22. The little Paris bookshop by Nina George
  23. The natural way of things* by Charlotte Wood
  24. Nutshell by Ian McEwan
  25. Cometh the hour by Jeffrey Archer
  26. Commonwealth* by Ann Patchett
  27. The whistler by John Grisham
  28. This was a man by Jeffrey Archer
  29. Rather be the devil by Ian Rankin
  30. The Rosie project* by Graeme Simsion
  31. Jasper Jones* by Craig Silvey
  32. The burning room* by Michael Connelly
  33. The children act* by Ian McEwan
  34. The crossing* by Michael Connelly
  35. The Rosie effect* by Graeme Simsion
  36. The book thief by Markus Zusak
  37. The cuckoo's calling by Robert Galbraith
  38. Rogue lawyer by John Grisham
  39. City of friends* by Joanna Trollope
  40. Die trying* by Lee Child
  41. The narrow road to the deep north* by Richard Flanagan
  42. The best of Adam Sharp* by Graeme Simsion
  43. An isolated incident* by Emily Maguire
  44. After you* by Jojo Moyes
  45. The black widow by Daniel Silva
  46. Me before you by Jojo Moyes
  47. Small great things* by Jodi Picoult
  48. Silent voices by Ann Cleeves
  49. When the music's over by Peter Robinson
  50. Cold earth by Ann Cleeves
  51. The husband's secret by Liane Moriarty
  52. All that I am* by Anna Funder
  53. Black rock white city by A. S. Patric
  54. Gray Mountain by John Grisham
  55. Career of evil by Robert Galbraith
  56. Music and freedom* by Zoee Morrison
  57. Persuader* by Lee Child
  58. Gone girl by Gillian Flynn
  59. What Alice forgot by Liane Moriarty
  60. The eye of the sheep* by Sofie Laguna
  61. The hypnotist's love story by Liane Moriarty
  62. The sense of an ending by Julian Barnes
  63. 61 hours* by Lee Child
  64. The dressmaker by Rosalie Ham
  65. The museum of modern love* by Heather Rose
  66. Burial of ghosts by Ann Cleeves
  67. Telling tales by Ann Cleeves
  68. The story of a new name* by Elena Ferrante
  69. The strays by Emily Bitto
  70. Theodore Boone: the scandal by John Grisham
  71. Nineteen eighty-four* by George Orwell
  72. Even dogs in the wild by Ian Rankin
  73. Inferno by Dan Brown
  74. The gods of guilt* by Michael Connelly
  75. Before the fall by Noah Hawley
  76. Swing time by Zadie Smith
  77. Home* by Harlan Coben
  78. Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith
  79. The one plus one* by Jojo Moyes
  80. We are all completely beside ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
  81. The lake house* by Kate Morton
  82. My name is Lucy Barton: a novel* by Elizabeth Strout
  83. Mightier than the sword by Jeffrey Archer
  84. The guilty by David Baldacci
  85. Hidden depths by Ann Cleeves
  86. My Italian bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith
  87. The heart goes last* by Margaret Atwood
  88. Between a wolf and a dog* by Georgia Blain
  89. No man's land by David Baldacci
  90. Signal loss*  by Garry Disher
  91. Force of nature* by Jane Harper
  92. Conclave by Robert Harris
  93. Tell the truth, shame the devil* by Melina Marchetta
  94. The one who got away* by Caroline Overington
  95. Crimson lake* by Candice Fox
  96. The silkworm by Robert Galbraith 
  97. The girl before by J. P. Delaney
  98. The moth catcher by Ann Cleeves
  99. The chocolate tin by Fiona McIntosh
  100. The hard way by Lee Child