Moray’s most popular books in 2021

Author Ann Cleeves tops the charts with her debut novel featuring her new detective, Matthew Venn. Cleaves The long call, which takes place in Devon, held The Thursday Murder Club, written by television personality and author Richard Osman, out of the top spot. With the exception of Osman and Lee Child, the Top Ten Fiction of 2021 list was dotted with Scottish and Scottish talent in the likes of Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Stuart MacBride and Maggie O’Farrell. Unsurprisingly, the Scottish American Douglas Stuart was very present, with his Booker Prize-winning novel. Shuggie bath take fourth place.

Top 10 fiction 2021

1 The long call by Ann Cleeves

2 The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

3 A song for dark times by Ian Rankin

4 Shuggie bath by Douglas Stuart

5 The Sentinel by Lee Child & Andrew Child

6 The darkest evening by Ann Cleeves

seven Still life by Val McDermid

8 The coffin garden by Stuart MacBride

9 Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

ten A silent death by Peter May

The non-fiction list showed an eclectic assemblage of topics of interest, including anthropology, biology, biography and memoirs culminating in Michelle Obama To become take first place, above that of her husband A promised land in fifth place.

Closer to home and an excellent second in the table is Women of Moray, a volume consisting of stories of women associated with the Moray region, which are of historical significance and examples of extraordinary female achievement. The top ten includes mainstays like Bill Bryson and Dame Sue Black, as well as the ubiquitous handful of “foodie” favorites with A pinch of name and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall among the elite.

Nonfiction Top Ten 2021

1 To become by Michelle Obama

2 Women of Moray by Susan Bennett et al

3 lady waiting by Anne Glenconner

4 written in bone by Sue Black

5 A promised land by Barack Obama

6 Adventures of the Yorkshire Shepherdess by Amanda Owen

seven clanlands by Sam Heughan

8 Pinch of Name by Kate Allinson

9 The Body: a guide for occupants by Bill Bryson

ten Eat better forever by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

During the pandemic and with people spending more time at home, Moray Libraries users quickly used the free version E-book and audiobook service provided by Overdrive and the Libby app. The top ten lists for these formats of reading material also show the penchant for murder mystery and the prevalence of Scottish authors, particularly in the eAudiobook format. The most borrowed eBook is that of Marian Keyes The adults and favorite audiobook was A song for dark times by Ian Rankin.

The Three Best eBooks 2021

1 The adults by Marian Keyes

2 worst case scenario by Helen Fitzgerald

3 Murder in the Merchant City by Angus McAllister

Top 3 eAudiobooks 2021

1 A song for dark times by Ian Rankin

2 Still life by Val McDermid

3 The distant echo by Val McDermid

For young readers, the Junior Fiction selection is dominated by three writers – Jeff Kinney, David Walliams and JK Rowling and it’s no surprise that popular author Julia Donaldson has featured in the picture book list multiple times. , but not in the lead.

Best Picture Books

1 Spot’s Treasure Hunt Surprise derived from Eric Hill’s original

2 Maisy has a pet by Lucy Cousins

3 Ollie and the otter by Emily Dodd

4 high hen by Axel Scheffler

5 The little Mermaid narrated by Geraldine McCaughrean

6 The girl, the bear and the magic shoes by Julia Donaldson

seven Gruffalo, where are you? from the original by Julia Donaldson

8 The Five Villains by Julia Donaldson

9 Little owl’s bath time by Debi Gliori

ten Smeds and Smoos by Julia Donaldson

Best Junior Fiction

1 Rodrick’s Rules by Jeff Kinney

2 End by David Walliams

3 The last straw by Jeff Kinney

4 The worst kids in the world 3 by David Walliams

5 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

6 The collapse by Jeff Kinney

seven No luck by Jeff Kinney

8 The Ickabog by JK Rowling

9 The worst parents of the world by David Walliams

ten Diary of a Genius and Friendly Child by Jeff Kinney

The best reads for teenagers

1 The hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

2 Blame it on our stars by John Green

3 six of crows by Leigh Bardugo

4 Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

5 The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents by Suzanne Collins

6 Ruin and recovery by Leigh Bardugo

seven Toffee by Sarah Crossan

8 The knife of never letting go by Patrick Ness

9 The beautiful savage by Philippe Pullman

ten The order to kill by James Dashner

With the easing of restrictions, Moray Libraries are looking forward to reintroducing reading groups and other activities in the weeks and months to come, but more importantly looking forward to welcoming even more patrons to their static libraries and to the mobile library spanning the length and breadth of Moray.

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