What are Worcestershire residents reading this National Read a Book Day?

Photo of two children from Pancras Square Library
Photo by Dave Warren
Published Friday, 6th September 2019

Today is National Read A Book Day, giving you the perfect excuse to curl up with a good book, but what books have proved most popular in Worcestershire recently?

In the past month, the most borrowed books from libraries across Worcestershire for children have been Epic Adventure (Kind of) by Liz Pichon and Esio Trot by Roald Dahl with 46 loans in August.

Other popular books for children included There’s a Snake In My School! by David Walliams and What The Ladybird Heard on Holiday by Julia Donaldson.  

The most favoured book for young people in August has proven to be More Than This by Patrick Ness, with The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Girl Online by Zoe Sugg also being borrowed regularly.

Adult borrowers have been choosing to read Past Tense by Lee Child at the end of a long day, with Lethal White by Robert Galbraith and In A House of Lies by Ian Rankin also popular page-turners.

Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “It’s great to see reading proving so popular in Worcestershire and good to see our librarians being kept so busy with requests from borrowers. Reading is such a key skill that we all use throughout our lives and I’m thrilled that Worcestershire residents continue to embrace it.  Our libraries perform well in initiatives like the Summer Reading Challenge.”

Last year, Worcestershire’s libraries had the highest percentage rate of finishers in the West Midlands and the highest number of young volunteers supporting the challenge.

Overall, the county’s libraries had 3,987 starters, 2,959 finishers, creating a 74% finish rate, and this year they’re looking to duplicate their success.

The Space Chase themed Summer Reading Challenge for 2019 runs until September 21st.

For more information on the Summer Reading Challenge or local library events, please go to the libraries section of the Council's website or your local library's Facebook page.