You have read your way through another year Boroondara! Many things changed during 2020, but your love of a good book has remained the same.

Liane Moriarty and Jane Harper are the top two most borrowed authors for the second year running.

Christian White has two titles in the top ten with his debut The nowhere child* and latest release, The wife and the widow*, followed closely by Dervla McTiernan with The scholar* and The Rúin.

Indigenous authors have produced some of Australia's best, award winning writing such as The white girl* by Tony Birch, The yield* by Tara June Winch and Too much lip* by Melissa Lucashenko. Australian women writers are also well represented, taking many of the top spots for several years running.

Reserve or download some of the most borrowed reads in 2020 from our local community. 

Boroondara Hottest 100 adult fiction titles of 2020

  1. The lost man *by Jane Harper
  2. Nine perfect strangers* by Liane Moriarty
  3. The nowhere child* by Christian White
  4. The scholar* by Dervla McTiernan
  5. The wife and the widow* by Christian White
  6. The testaments* by Margaret Atwood
  7. The weekend* by Charlotte Wood
  8. Boy swallows universe* by Trent Dalton
  9. Normal people *by Sally Rooney
  10. The Rúin* by Dervla McTiernan
  11. Where the crawdads sing* by Delia Owens
  12. Blue moon* by Lee Child
  13. Good girl bad girl* by Michael Robotham
  14. The woman in the window* by A. J. Finn
  15. The Dutch house* by Ann Patchett
  16. The good turn* by Dervla McTiernan
  17. Too much lip* by Melissa Lucashenko
  18. A gentleman in Moscow* by Amor Towles
  19. The clockmaker's daughter* by Kate Morton
  20. City of girls* by Elizabeth Gilbert
  21. Silver* by Chris Hammer
  22. The other wife* by Michael Robotham
  23. Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine* by Gail Honeyman
  24. The night fire* by Michael Connelly
  25. Bruny* by Heather Rose
  26. Fleishman is in trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
  27. Past tense* by Lee Child
  28. Milkman* by Anna Burns
  29. Bridge of Clay* by Markus Zusak 
  30. Scrublands* by Chris Hammer
  31. The tattooist of Auschwitz* by Heather Morris
  32. Maybe the horse will talk* by Eliot Perlman
  33. Truly madly guilty* by Liane Moriarty
  34. Olive, again* by Elizabeth Strout
  35. Peace* by Garry Disher
  36. The long call* by Ann Cleeves
  37. Damascus* by Christos Tsiolkas
  38. Dark sacred night* by Michael Connelly
  39. The dry* by Jane Harper
  40. The guardians by John Grisham
  41. The Rosie result* by Graeme Simsion
  42. There was still love by Favel Parrett
  43. Force of nature* by Jane Harper
  44. The midnight line* by Lee Child
  45. The silent patient by Alex Michaelides
  46. Transcription* by Kate Atkinson
  47. American dirt by Jeanine Cummins
  48. The shepherd's hut* by Tim Winton
  49. Cilka's journey* by Heather Morris
  50. Girl, woman, other* by Bernadine Evaristo
  51. Agent running in the field* by John Le Carré
  52. All the light we cannot see* by Anthony Doerr
  53. Grown ups* by Marian Keyes
  54. The new girl* by Daniel Silva
  55. The mother-in-law* by Sally Hepworth
  56. The giver of stars by Jojo Moyes
  57. Such a fun age* by Kiley Reid
  58. The handmaid's tale* by Margaret Atwood
  59. Room for a stranger* by Melanie Cheng
  60. The survivors* by Jane Harper
  61. Commonwealth* by Ann Patchett
  62. Lethal white by Robert Galbraith
  63. The overstory* by Richard Power
  64. The godmother by Hannelore Cayre
  65. Night school* by Lee Child
  66. Big little lies* by Liane Moriarty
  67. The pearl thief* by Fiona McIntosh
  68. Unto us a son is given* by Donna Leon
  69. Nineteen eighty-four* by George Orwell
  70. The mirror and the light* by Hilary Mantel
  71. The rip by Mark Brandi
  72. You don't know me* by Sara Foster
  73. Less: a novel by Andrew Sean Greer
  74. Unsheltered* by Barbara Kingsolver
  75. The white girl* by Tony Birch
  76. The yield* by Tara June Winch
  77. The year of the farmerby Rosalie Ham
  78. The dictionary of lost words* by Pip Williams
  79. The last painting of Sara de Vos* by Domenic Smith
  80. The natural way of things* by Charlotte Wood
  81. Wimmera by Mark Brandi
  82. A minute to midnight* by David Baldacci
  83. Under the cold bright lights* by Garry Disher
  84. A spark of light* by Jodi Picoult
  85. Into the water* by Paula Hawkins
  86. Little fires everywhere by Celeste Ng
  87. A legacy of spies* by John Le Carré
  88. Clock dance* by Anne Tyler
  89. Crazy rich Asians* by Kevin Kwan
  90. Gone tomorrow by Lee Child
  91. Many rivers to cross by Peter Robinson
  92. The wrong side of goodbye* by Michael Connelly
  93. The chain by Adrian McKinty
  94. The last paradise* by Di Morrissey
  95. The other woman* by Daniel Silva
  96. Where the dead go* by Sarah Bailey
  97. Nothing ventured* by Jeffrey Archer
  98. The husband's secret* by Liane Moriarty
  99. The Wych Elm* by Tana French
  100. The second sleep by Robert Harris

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