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News | 6 January 2021

Libraries top ten - which books stacked up in 2020?

Want to hear which books were flying off the shelves this year or looking for a summer recommendation? Read on!

Young child looking at books.

This year Wellingtonians found themselves spending a lot more time inside thanks to the COVID-19 lockdown, so we were lucky that Wellington City Library services were able to adapt so quickly and provide everyone with a good read.  

Here are the most checked-out books from our libraries. 

Top ten adult fiction books of 2020:

1. The Testaments, by Margaret Atwood 

2. The Night Fire, by Michael Connelly 

3. Blue Moon, by Lee Child 

4. Normal People, by Sally Rooney 

5. Big Sky, by Kate Atkinson 

6. Girl, Woman, Other, by Bernadine Evaristo 

7. Trace Elements, by Donna Leon 

8. Past Tense, by Lee Child 

9. The long call by Ann Cleves 

10. Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens 

Top ten children’s fiction books of 2020:  

1. The Bad Book, by Andy Griffiths 

2. The Last Straw, by Jeff Kinney 

3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley’s Journal, by Jeff Kinney  

4. Spectacular School Trip (really…), by Liz Pinchon 

5. Just crazy!, by Andy Griffiths 

6. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J.K. Rowling 

7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling 

8. Billionaire Boy, by David Walliams 

9. The Cat on the Mat is Flat, by Andy Griffiths 

10. Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot vs. the Jurassic Jackrabbits from Jupiter, by Dav Piley 

For more information about Wellington City Library services, visit: https://www.wcl.govt.nz/