It's a new year and time to share our hottest 100 list of most loved adult fiction books from 2018!  

We had two smashing new crime debuts last year: Irish writer Dervla McTiernan's The Rúin* and A. J. Finn's New York thriller The woman in the window, which was the most borrowed fiction book of the year.

We were excited to have Heather Morris, author of  The tattooist of Auschwitz*, speak at Kew library in 2018 and to also see Arundhati Roy's first new book in nearly 20 years, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness . 

Lee Child was the author with the most titles in the list; his collection of short stories, No middle name rated highly at number 33. Jojo Moyes, John Grisham and Liane Moriarty were also favourites with four titles each. The mighty Margaret Atwood made the top ten with The handmaid's tale* and her book The heart goes last* came in at 95. 

George Orwell's classic Nineteen eighty-four* is an enduring favourite that finds new fans every year, as does J. D. Salinger's coming of age story, The catcher in the rye

So kick off your summer reading with the books that your friends and neighbours have loved.

Hottest 100 booklist 2018

  1. The woman in the window by A. J. Finn
  2. Force of nature* by Jane Harper
  3. Truly madly guilty* by Liane Moriarty
  4. The dry* by Jane Harper
  5. All the light we cannot see: a novel* by Anthony Doerr
  6. Into the water* by Paula Hawkins
  7. The midnight line by Lee Child
  8. The good people* by Hannah Kent
  9. The handmaid's tale* by Margaret Atwood
  10. The tattooist of Auschwitz* by Heather Morris
  11. Night school by Lee Child
  12. The Rúin* by Dervla McTiernan
  13. Nine perfect strangers*  by Liane Moriarty
  14. The shepherd's hut by Tim Winton
  15. Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman
  16. Home fire by Kamila Shamsie
  17. Two steps forward by Graeme Simsion
  18. The wrong side of goodbye by Michael Connelly
  19. Lincoln in the bardo* by George Saunders
  20. The nowhere child by Christian White
  21. The late show* by Michael Connelly
  22. Big little lies by Liane Moriarty
  23. Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
  24. The life to come* by Michelle De Kretser
  25. A legacy of spies by John Le Carré
  26. Two kinds of truth* by Michael Connelly
  27. The girl on the trainby Paula Hawkins
  28. The museum of modern love* by Heather Rose
  29. Little fires everywhere by Celeste Ng
  30. The last painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith
  31. The Rooster Bar by John Grisham
  32. Extinctions by Josephine Wilson
  33. No middle name: the complete collected short stories by Lee Child
  34. Wimmera* by Mark Brandi
  35. The choke*  by Sofie Laguna
  36. The break by Marian Keyes
  37. The passage of love* by Alex Miller
  38. Origin by Dan Brown
  39. First person*  by Richard Flanagan
  40. The secrets she keeps by Michael Robotham
  41. Burial rites* by Hannah Kent
  42. The children act* by Ian McEwan
  43. Still me by Jojo Moyes
  44. Camino Island by John Grisham
  45. A long way from home by Peter Carey
  46. The Rosie project* by Graeme Simsion
  47. City of friends* by Joanna Trollope
  48. Our souls at night* by Kent Haruf
  49. The Guernsey literary and potato peel pie society by Mary Ann Shaffer
  50. Commonwealth* by Ann Patchett
  51. Cold earth by Ann Cleeves
  52. A little life by Hanya Yanagihara
  53. Anything is possible* by Elizabeth Strout
  54. Make me by Lee Child
  55. The cuckoo's calling by Robert Galbraith
  56. The little Paris bookshop by Nina George
  57. Go set a watchman* by Harper Lee
  58. The course of love* by Alain De Botton
  59. A gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  60. Breath* by Tim Winton
  61. My brilliant friend* by Elena Ferrante
  62. Nutshell by Ian McEwan
  63. The light between oceans* by M. L. Stedman
  64. The whistler by John Grisham
  65. Career of evil by Robert Galbraith
  66. Don't let go by Harlen Coben
  67. The girl who takes an eye for an eye by David Lagercrantz
  68. Exit west* by Mohsin Hamid
  69. Nineteen eighty-four* by George Orwell
  70. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
  71. Sleeping in the ground by Peter Robinson
  72. Silent voices by Ann Cleeves
  73. Jasper Jones* by Craig Silvey
  74. Me before you by Jojo Moyes
  75. The book thief by Markus Zusak
  76. End game by David Baldacci
  77. The girl before by J. P. Delaney
  78. Personal by Lee Child
  79. The good daughter by Karin Slaughter
  80. After you* by Jojo Moyes
  81. Tell tale* by Jeffrey Archer
  82. The sellout* by Paul Beatty
  83. This was a man* by Jeffery Archer
  84. Persuader* by Lee Child
  85. The one plus one* by Jojo Moyes
  86. An unsuitable match by Joanna Trollope
  87. In the midst of winter by Isabel Allende
  88. The hypnotist's love story* by Liane Moriarty
  89. The secret chord by Geraldine Brooks
  90. Small great things* by Jodi Picoult
  91. A time of love and tartan by Alexander McCall- Smith
  92. The eye of the sheep* by Sofie Laguna
  93. The thirst by Jo Nesbø
  94. House of spies by Daniel Silva
  95. The heart goes last* by Margaret Atwood
  96. Rogue lawyer by John Grisham
  97. The catcher in the rye by J. D. Salinger
  98. The fifth letter* by Nicola Moriarty
  99. The other wife by Michael Robotham
  100. Whip bird by Robert Drewe

These books equalled a grand total of 22,886 loans.

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