Bundaberg Library patrons Miranda and Joshua Mason, with some of the most popular books borrowed by local readers.
Bundaberg Library patrons Miranda and Joshua Mason, with some of the most popular books borrowed by local readers. Scottie Simmonds

Readers love fangs, fur and crime

 FANGS, fur, crime and intrigue have found their place at the bedside table in Bundaberg homes.

According to Bundaberg Regional Library loans, the paranormal and crime themes have been popular among readers in the region over the past six months.

But the Millennium series by Swedish author Stieg Larsson has captures the hearts and minds of bookworms.

The trilogy, which starts with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, took out the top three spots in the most requested, loaned and reserved book at the library.

“We are finding that if there is a movie or a lot of advertising and publicity a lot of people come in and are looking for that book,” youth and community services librarian Sue Gammon said.

Ms Gammon said of the books borrowed and asked for, paranormal was the most popular genre requested.

“In the past year, a lot of those paranormal books which had been released overseas have been made available in Australia and it has been made more accessible to readers,” she said.

Non-fiction is also making a comeback with four on the top-ten list.

“If we put them on display and they are packaged nicely and are easy to read they become quite popular,” she said.

Ms Gammon said young adult books had also been increasing in popularity.

“Since the release of Harry Potter, adults are reading a lot of the young adult books,” she said.

“Now we are finding we often have to put some copies on both the young adult and adult sections of the library.”

The previously popular Twilight series has dropped off both the adult most popular and the young adult most popular top-tens.

“It is still popular, but it is nothing like the year before last when we had 12 copies of the books on loan constantly for about a year,” she said.

Angus and Robertson manager Margaret Davis said they had seen the Millennium series and the paranormal genre become increasing popular in recent months.

“We’ve also had a lot of people looking for The Tomorrow Series books after the release of the movie,” she said.

Dymocks Bundaberg owner Phil Freeman said he had also seen a resurrection of The Tomorrow Series since the movie’s release.

“The Penguin classics have also been popular because they are at a good price point and people are reacquainting themselves with them,” he said.

Most popular books

1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson

2. The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Stieg Larsson

3. The Girl who Played with Fire, Stieg Larsson

4. Daddy’s Little Earner, Maria Landon (non-fiction)

5. Handle with Care, Jodi Picoult

6. Diamonds and Dust, Sheryl McCorry (non-fiction)

7. Change of Heart, Jodi Picoult

8. The Hit Men - Australia’s Contract Killers, John Kerr (non-fiction)

9. Kokoda, Peter Fitzsimons (non-fiction)

10. The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown



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