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Check Out Brisbane’s Most Borrowed Books in 2023

Bookworms have shown their love for libraries in 2023, borrowing 8 million+ items and attending over 12,000 events across 33 venues.

By Steff WillisThursday 18 Jan 2024Books & LiteratureReading Time: 2 minutes

From royals to personal reflection, self-improvement novels and celebrity memoirs topped the list of most in demand books for Brisbane readers at their local library in 2023.

Australian authors like Jane Harper and Trent Dalton continued to be popular while children enjoyed the Diary of Wimpy Kid and Treehouse series.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said that libraries offer so much more than books to Brisbane residents and visitors.

“As cost of living pressures continue, libraries are the perfect place to cool off and enjoy fantastic free facilities,” Cr Schrinner said.

“Libraries are a place to borrow books and read, while offering visitors a chance to access the internet, computers, listen to music, stream movies and documentaries, trace local history and so much more.

“Our libraries are at the heart of our suburbs and bring learning to life with thousands of free events taking place all year round for those of all ages.

Top 5 Books Borrowed Across Council Libraries in 2023


1. Exiles by Jane Harper
2. Desert Star by Michael Connelly
3. No Plan B by Lee Child
4. Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
5. The Soulmate by Sally Hepworth


1. Spare by Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex
2. Love Stories by Trent Dalton
3. Atomic habits: Tiny changes, remarkable results: an easy and proven way to build good habits and break bad ones by James Clear
4. Atlas of the Heart: Mapping meaningful connection and the language of human experience by Brené Brown
5. Dinner by Nagi Maehashi

Australian Authors and Titles

1. Exiles by Jane Harper
2. The Soulmate by Sally Hepworth
3. The Murder Rule by Dervla McTiernan
4. Horse by Geraldine Brooks
5. Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty

Children’s Books

1. Diper Överlöde by Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy kid series)
2. The 156-storey treehouse by Andy Griffiths (Treehouse series)
3. The Legend of the Maze by Thea Stilton
4. Cat Kid Comic Club. On purpose by Dav Pilkey
5. Cheesy weird! by Anh Do (Anh Do Weirdo series)

Young Adult Titles

1. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han (Summer I turned pretty series)
2. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson (good girl’s guide to murder series)
3. One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus (Bayview High series)
4. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (Grisha trilogy series)
5. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins (Hunger Games series)

“I invite residents to make this the summer of stories and get down to visit your local library,” Cr Schrinner said.

“It’s free to join and with great holiday activities, including summer reading challenges on offer, there is something for everyone to enjoy.”

For more details on local libraries and the summer reading program, visit

Source: Brisbane Libraries Facebook