Most Loaned Books of 2021 Revealed

Shetland Library has published lists of the most popular books of 2021.

Most borrowed adult fiction book won the Booker Prize Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stewart, the story of a boy growing up in Glasgow with his alcoholic mother.

It beat the runaway bestseller The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman in second place.

third was Where the crayfish sing by Delia Owens.

Ann Cleeves, who topped the fiction charts for many years, was still good at credit The Long Call, the first of her new series set in Devon.

In non-fiction, Barack and Michelle Obama took first place with their respective autobiographies.

Meanwhile, Tamsin Mori topped Shetland’s lending list The Weather Weaver, a young adult novel very popular in Shetland schools.

Marsali Taylor, who publishes two Cass Lynch crime novels each year, has had three books in the Shetland top ten.

David Cockaynes Shetland for Bairns got third place.

Many books on the Shetland map are long-running and borrowing is said to have increased since moving to the new library.

The junior fiction charts were dominated by four writers – Dave Pilkey, Jeff Kinney, David Walliams and Liz Pichon.

The young adult charts are more varied, a mix of new fiction and longer-term favorites like The hunger Games and the boy in the striped pajamas.

Elizabeth Wein, who is currently in residency at Sandwick School, has three books in the top 12.

Many of the top lenders also earn more on the library’s two eBook platforms, Libby and Borrowbox.

Shuggie Bain is the most awarded eAudiobook of the year.

Richard Osman rises to the forefront of adult eBook writing with just a few loans.

The Harry Potter eAudiobooks continue to be very popular and when all online rentals are included in the junior chart, JK Rowling climbs to the top.

The adult non-fiction chart will also be significantly altered with the addition of e-credits – Michelle Obama’s belonging clearly rises to the top, with more than double her husband’s credit.

belonging was also heavily indebted in the last two years.

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