The most borrowed books of 2021 revealed

The Shetland Library has released lists of the most popular books of 2021.

The most borrowed adult fiction book won the Booker Prize Shuggie bath by Douglas Stewart, the story of a boy who grows up in Glasgow with his alcoholic mother.

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

Third was Where the Crawdads sing by Delia Owens.

Ann Cleeves, who topped the fiction charts for many years, always lent well with The long call, the first of its new series set in Devon.

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

Meanwhile, Tamsin Mori topped the Shetland loan chart with The weather weaver, a popular young adult novel in schools in Shetland.

Marsali Taylor, who publishes two ‘Cass Lynch’ mystery novels each year, has three books in Shetland’s top ten.

by David Cockayne Shetland to Bairns got third place.

Many of the books on the Shetland map are perennial favourites, and loans are said to have increased since the move to the new library.

The Junior Fiction chart was dominated by four authors – Dave Pilkey, Jeff Kinney, David Walliams and Liz Pichon.

The Young Adult card is more varied, a mix of new fiction and longer-term favorites like The hunger Games and Tthe boy in the striped pajamas.

Elizabeth Wein, currently in residence at Sandwick School, has three books in the top 12.

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

Shuggie bath is the most loaned eAudiobook of the year.

Richard Osman rises to the top of adult fiction in e-books with just a few loans.

Harry Potter eAudiobooks continue to be hugely popular, and when all online loans are added to the junior chart, JK Rowling rises to the top.

The adult non-fiction chart also changes significantly when e-loans are added – Michelle Obama Belonging rises unequivocally to the top, with more than double her husband’s loans.

Belonging was also heavily borrowed in the previous two years.

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