Stars of 2012- the books and authors our borrowers and staff couldn’t put down.

MC900438756[1]Now that the dust from 2012 has settled, we’ve had a chance to reflect on the reading year that was. To muse, if you will, upon the highs and the lows, the tragedies, triumphs, and surprises. To recognise the moments of literary awesomeness that glittered through our reading year like falling stars.  We caught some of those falling stars and put them in our pockets. Here they are:

Authors with the highest number of loans in 2012:

Peter Corris (Australian)
Trudi Canavan (Fantasy)
Catherine Cookson (General fiction)
Georgette Heyer (Historical)
Dean Koontz (Horror)
Kathy Lette (Humour)
Anne Perry (Mystery)
Norah Roberts (Romance)
Patrick O’Brian (Sea Stories)
A.S Byatt (Short Stories)
James Patterson (Thriller)
W.E Griffiths (War Stories)
Giles Tippette (Westerns)
James Patterson (Young Fiction)

Most reserved items of 2012:

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
A Wanted Man by Lee Child
Fifty Shades of Grey (trilogy) by E.L James
The Light Between Oceans by M.L Stedman
All That I Am by Anna Funder
Tick Tock by James Patterson
Bloodline by Linda la Plant
Opal Desert by Di Morrissey
Winter of the World by Ken Follett
A Game of Thrones by George R.R Martin
Daughters of Mars by Tom Keneally

Best Books of 2012 as chosen by our 3rd Wednesday Book Club members:

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon & Journal of a Novel by John Steinbeck (Anne)
Rena’s Promise by Rena Kornreich Gelissen (Joan)
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel (Everald)
The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster & Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden (Elaine)
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry and The Idea of Home: Boyer lectures 2011 by Geraldine Brooks (Lyn)
(To be continued…)

Staff favourites for 2012:

Debbie- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Kristin- The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Gail- The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
Carol- The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Marie- The Bay by Di Morrissey
Jessica- How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran (non-fiction)
Charlotte Street by Danny Warren (fiction)
by Laura Buzo
Noela-  This is How by M.J Hyland
Sarah – Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
Talulla Rising by Glen Duncan
Kelly-  Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott (non-fiction)
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
The Last Werewolf and Talulla Rising by Glen Duncan
Paul- Cape Horn: The Logical Route by Bernard Moitessier
Bronwyn- The Convent by Maureen McCarthy
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The Absolutist by John Boyne

Which books and authors shone brightest for you in 2012?  We’d love to hear about them!