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‘Reading more’ is a common and popular goal for a new year, but only 12% of people keep this New Year’s resolution*.

For residents finding it hard to get into reading or who need some inspiration, Warwickshire County Council’s Library Service is here to help as their staff share the most popular titles in Warwickshire from 2021, as well as what free resources are available to help residents keep on track of their reading goals.

2021 was a year filled with lockdown rules and limited access to spending time with friends and family. Many turned to reading during this time, and according to Warwickshire Libraries here are the top ten adult fiction titles read by Warwickshire library members in 2021:

  • The Thursday Murder Club - by Richard Osman
  • The Sentinel - by Andrew Child and Lee Child
  • Blue Moon - by Lee Child
  • The Midnight Library - by Matt Haig
  • The Long Call - by Ann Cleeves
  • A Song for the Dark Times - by Ian Rankin
  • One August Night - by Victoria Hislop
  • Hamnet - by Maggie O’Farrell
  • The Law of Innocence - by Michael Connelly
  • Hidden in Plain Sight - by Jeffrey Archer

Below are the most popular junior titles read using Warwickshire Libraries’ services in 2021:

  • The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes - by Julia Donaldson
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball - by Jeff Kinney
  • The Smeds and the Smoos - by Julia Donaldson
  • Where’s Spot? – by Eric Hill
  • What the Ladybird heard at the Seaside – by Julia Donaldson
  • The Gruffalo’s Child – by Julia Donaldson
  • The Beast of Buckingham Palace – by David Walliams
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar – by Eric Carle
  • The Gruffalo – by Julia Donaldson
  • Oi Puppies! – by Kes Gray

This year younger children also have the opportunity to get involved in the free Warwickshire Book Bears scheme. Children under five collect a stamp every time they visit the library, and after six stamps they earn a certificate. If they collect all ten certificates, then they will receive a soft Library Book Bear toy as a reward for completion. To find out more you can ask about the Books Bears scheme at your local library.

Warwickshire Libraries staff also reviewed many great library books to share their personal favourites from 2021, and to provide residents with plenty of inspiration to achieve new reading goals for this year. A full list of these favourite reads can be viewed on the Warwickshire Libraries blog:

Favourite Books of 2021 – Part 1

Favourite Books of 2021 – Part 2

All mentioned book titles are available to read with Warwickshire Libraries by joining as a member for free. As a member, book titles can be accessed in-person at a local library, through the online library catalogue here, or by browsing the BorrowBox collection which includes a great range of eBooks and eAudiobooks

Cllr Andy Jenns, Portfolio Holder for Customer and Transformation, said:

“Warwickshire Libraries provide a welcoming and safe space for customers who want to enjoy reading, connect with each other, or find out more from our friendly staff about the great range of free activities and support services we have available.


“Reading more books is a popular new year’s resolution, and Warwickshire Libraries can support both new and regular customers with their reading goals at their local library, or through our libraries’ online resources which can be accessed at home or on-the-go. Warwickshire Library membership is free, and our doors are certainly open this year to support our local communities with reading whilst feeling safe, well and connected.”

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*Source: Penguin Random House

Published: 27th January 2022

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