Libraries Tasmania Top 10s for 2020

What did you love to read last year?

Books are an escape from reality, a haven of knowledge, a window to the world and food for the soul—and that was never more so than in 2020, when books gave Tasmanians comfort and offered an escape from the challenges of the year just gone.

To find out what Tasmanians were reading last year, Libraries Tasmania has compiled a range of top 10 lists from its almost 4 million loans during 2020, including adult fiction; adult non-fiction; romance; junior fiction; youth fiction; picture books; board books; magazines; audiobooks and more!

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The Physical Collection

Top 10 Adult Fiction Genres

Top 10 Tasmanian Adult Fiction

  1. Bruny by Heather Rose
  2. The Diamond Hunter by Fiona McIntosh
  3. The Beautiful Mother by Katherine Scholes
  4. The Bluffs by Kyle Perry
  5. The Tea Gardens by Fiona McIntosh
  6. White Horses by Rachael Treasure
  7. The Pearl Thief by Fiona McIntosh
  8. There Was Still Love by Favel Parrett
  9. The Living Sea of Waking Dreams by Richard Flanagan
  10. The Rain Heron by Robbie Arnott

Top 10 Tasmanian Adult Non-Fiction

  1. Truganini: A Journey Through the Apocalypse by Cassandra Pybus
  2. A Family Guide to Waste-free Living by Lauren Carter
  3. Child of Gondwana: The Geological Making of Tasmania by K D Corbett
  4. Raising Girls in the Twenty-first Century by Steve Biddulph
  5. Eat Wild Tasmanian by Rees Campbell
  6. Butterfly on a Pin: A Memoir of Love Loss and Reinvention by Alannah Hill
  7. Apple Island Wife: Slow Living in Tasmania by Fiona Stocker
  8. Raising Boys in the Twenty-first Century by Steve Biddulph
  9. A Bone of Fact by David Walsh
  10. The Guide to Tasmanian Wildlife by Angus McNab

Top 10 Adult Fiction

  1. Bruny by Heather Rose
  2. Blue Moon by Lee Child
  3. The Wife and the Widow by Christian White
  4. The Night Fire by Michael Connelly
  5. The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan
  6. The Diamond Hunter by Fiona McIntosh
  7. The Long Call by Ann Cleeves
  8. Many Rivers to Cross by Peter Robinson
  9. The Weekend by Charlotte Wood
  10. Nothing Ventured by Jeffrey Archer

Top 10 Adult Non-Fiction

  1. The Body by Bill Bryson
  2. 488 Rules for Life by Kitty Flanagan
  3. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  4. Your Own Kind of Girl by Clare Bowditch
  5. Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
  6. Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L Trump
  7. The Last Lighthouse Keeper by John Cook
  8. The Fast 800 by Michael Mosley
  9. Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe
  10. Phosphorescence by Julia Baird

Top 10 Adult Romance

  1. The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
  2. Hideaway by Nora Roberts
  3. Making Peace by Fiona McCallum
  4. Still Me by Jojo Moyes
  5. Someone Like You by Karly Lane
  6. The Secret Vineyard by Loretta Hill
  7. Matters of the Heart by Fiona Palmer
  8. The Boundary Fence by Alissa Callen
  9. A Daughter's Journey by Anna Jacobs
  10. Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke

Top 10 Express

  1. Bruny by Heather Rose
  2. The Wife and the Widow by Christian White
  3. The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan
  4. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  5. The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson
  6. Fair Warning by Michael Connelly
  7. Camino Winds by John Grisham
  8. Walk the Wire by David Baldacci
  9. Under Currents by Nora Roberts
  10. Silver by Chris Hammer

Top 10 Youth Fiction

  1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  2. The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman
  3. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
  4. Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare
  5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  6. One of Us is Lying by Karen M McManus
  7. La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman
  8. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
  9. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  10. Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

Top 10 Youth Non-Fiction

  1. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
  2. Playground: Listening to Stories from Country and from Inside the Heart by Nadia Wheatley
  3. Looking After Your Mental Health by Alice James
  4. The Maddie Diaries by Maddie Zieglar
  5. The Art of Drawing Manga and Comic Book Characters by Bob Berry
  6. Welcome to Your Period! By Yumi Stynes
  7. Welcome to Country: An Introduction to Our First People for Young Australians by Marcia Langton
  8. How to be a Young Writer by Christopher Edge
  9. Owning it: Your Bullsh*t-free Guide to Living with Anxiety by Caroline Foran
  10. Getting Things Done for Teens: Take Control of Your Life in a Distracting World by David Allen

Top 10 Junior Fiction

  1. Wrecking Ball by Jeff Kinney
  2. The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney
  3. Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal by Jeff Kinney
  4. Dog Man (8): Fetch 22 by Dav Pilkey
  5. The Beast of Buckingham Palace by David Walliams
  6. Dog Man (7): For Whom the Ball Rolls by Dav Pilkey
  7. The Getaway by Jeff Kinney
  8. Dog Man (5): Lord of the Fleas by Dav Pilkey
  9. The World's Worst Teachers by David Walliams
  10. Dog Man (6): Brawl of the Wild by Dav Pilkey

Top 10 Junior Non-Fiction

  1. Minecraft Annual 2020 by Stephanie Milton
  2. Minecraft Annual 2019 by Stephanie Milton
  3. Young Dark Emu: A Truer History by Bruce Pascoe
  4. Minecraft Annual 2018 by Stephanie Milton
  5. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2 by Francesca Cavallo
  6. A – Z of Endangered Animals by Jennifer Cossins
  7. Minecraft Guide to: Redstone by Craig Jelley
  8. Amazing Animals of Australia's National Parks by Gina M Newton
  9. Under the Stars: Astrophysics for Bedtime by Lisa Harvey-Smith
  10. 101 Collective Nouns by Jennifer Cossins

Top 10 Picture Books

  1. Alpacas with Maracas by Matt Cosgrove
  2. George and the Dinosaur by Lauren Holowaty
  3. Peppa's Australian Underwater Adventure by Lauren Holowaty
  4. Peppa's Frosty Fairytale by Lauren Holowaty
  5. I Love You, Daddy Pig by Lauren Holowaty
  6. Peppa Pig and the Career Day by Lauren Holowaty
  7. Peppa Pig and the Family Reunion by Lauren Holowaty
  8. Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas by Lucinda Gifford
  9. Peppa is Kind by Samantha Lizzo
  10. The Giant Jumperee by Julia Donaldson

Top 10 Board Books

  1. Bluey: Bob Bilby
  2. Peppa Plays Cricket by Mandy Archer
  3. Peppa Goes to the Zoo
  4. Bluey. The Creek
  5. Fluffy Kitten by Rod Campbell
  6. Bluey. The Beach
  7. Peppa's New Friend by Lauren Holowaty
  8. Oi Dog! by Kes Gray
  9. Usborne Peep Inside the Farm by Anna Milbourne
  10. All About Bingo

Top 10 Magazines

  1. Australian Country Style
  2. Australian House & Garden
  3. Gardening Australia
  4. Better Homes and Gardens
  5. The Organic Gardener
  6. Australian Women's Weekly
  7. Delicious
  8. New Scientist
  9. Wheels
  10. Marie Claire

Top 10 DVDs

  1. Bohemian Rhapsody
  2. Rocketman
  3. Yesterday
  4. The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society
  5. The Favourite
  6. Red Joan
  7. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  8. The Nightingale
  9. The Bookshop
  10. Joker

Top 10 Junior DVDs

  1. Pokémon the Series. Diamond and Pearl
  2. Bluey. Vol. 5, Camping and Other Stories
  3. Bluey. Vol. 3, The Pool and Other Stories
  4. Bluey. Vol. 4, Grannies and Other Stories
  5. Bluey. Vol. 2, Horsey Ride and Other Stories
  6. Paddington 2
  7. Pokémon the Series. Kanto and Orange Islands
  8. Moana
  9. Aladdin
  10. Bluey. Vol. 1, Magic Xylophone and Other Stories

Top 10 CDs

  1. So Fresh. The Hits of Winter 2020
  2. So Fresh. The Hits of Autumn 2020
  3. So Fresh. The Hits of Summer 2020
  4. Pyjama Jam!
  5. Play School. Famous Friends
  6. Triple J's Hottest 100. Volume 27
  7. So Fresh. The Hits of Winter 2019
  8. So Fresh. The Hits of Autumn 2019
  9. The Dr. Seuss Collection
  10. The Ultimate Road Trip for Kids. 4

Top 10 CD Audiobooks

  1. Bad Dad by David Walliams
  2. How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
  3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J K Rowling
  4. Gangsta Granny by David Walliams
  5. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J K Rowling
  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. The Twits by Roald Dahl
  9. The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan
  10. The Dr Seuss Collection

The Digital Collection

Overdrive/Libby eBooks

Top 10 Adult Fiction

  1. Bruny by Heather Rose
  2. Normal People by Sally Rooney
  3. The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan
  4. Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton
  5. The Lost Man by Jane Harper
  6. The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan
  7. The Dry by Jane Harper
  8. The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan
  9. Blue Moon by Lee Child
  10. Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Top 10 Adult Non-Fiction

  1. Phosphorescence by Julia Baird
  2. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  3. Educated by Tara Westover
  4. 488 Rules for Life by Kitty Flanagan
  5. Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales
  6. Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman
  7. Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
  8. Your Own Kind of Girl by Clare Bowditch
  9. Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope by Mark Manson
  10. A Bigger Picture by Malcolm Turnbull

Top 10 Young Adult Fiction

  1. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: Miss Peregrine Series, Book 1 by Ransom Riggs
  2. Throne of Glass: Throne of Glass Series, Book 1 by Sarah J Maas
  3. Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
  4. Reverie by Ryan La Sala
  5. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
  6. The Hunger Games: The Hunger Games Series, Book 1 by Suzanne Collins
  7. Truly Devious: Truly Devious Series, Book 1 by Maureen Johnson
  8. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes: The Hunger Games Series, Book 0 by Suzanne Collins
  9. Crown of Midnight: Throne of Glass Series, Book 2 by Sarah J Maas
  10. Heir of Fire: Throne of Glass Series, Book 3 by Sarah J Maas

Top 10 Young Adult Non-Fiction

  1. Funny, You Don't Look Autistic: A Comedian's Guide to Life on the Spectrum by Michael McCreary
  2. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  3. Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic by British Library
  4. Game On! Video Game History from Pong and Pac-Man to Mario, Minecraft, and More by Dustin Hansen
  5. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
  6. The Freddy Files by Scott Cawthorn
  7. Fandom: Fic Writers, Vidders, Gamers, Artists, and Cosplayers by Francesca Davis DiPiazza
  8. How to Draw Manga!: Lesson #1: Eyes by Tadashi Koda
  9. The Spectrum Girl's Survival Guide by Siena Castellon
  10. Michelle Obama by David Colbert

Top 10 Junior Fiction

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J K Rowling
  2. Guts by Raina Telgemeier
  3. Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
  4. Drama by Raina Telgemeier
  5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J K Rowling
  6. Smile by Raina Telgemeier
  7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J K Rowling
  8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J K Rowling
  9. Boy-Crazy Stacey by Ann M Martin
  10. Kristy's Big Day by Ann M Martin

Top 10 Junior Non-Fiction

  1. The Treehouse Joke Book by Andy Griffiths
  2. Demigods and Monsters by Rick Riordan
  3. Roald Dahl: Whizzpopping Joke Book by Roald Dahl
  4. Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl
  5. Master Builder Roblox by Triumph Books
  6. Minecraft: The Ultimate Reloaded 70 Top Tips & Tricks Your Friends Wish They Know After You Beat Them! by Jason Scotts
  7. The LEGO Adventure Book, Volume 1: Cars, Castles, Dinosaurs and More! By Megan H Rothrock
  8. Ultimate Kids Joke Book
  9. Sweet & Simple Handmade: 25 Projects to Sew, Stitch, Knit & Upcycle for Children by Melissa Wastney
  10. Minecraft: 70 Top Minecraft Mods That Your Friends Do Not Know (But Wish They Did!) by Jason Scotts

Overdrive/Libby eAudiobooks

Top 10 Adult Fiction

  1. The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
  2. Bruny by Heather Rose
  3. The Bluffs by Kyle Perry
  4. The Wives by Tarryn Fisher
  5. The Darwin Affair by Tim Mason
  6. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
  7. Dune by Frank Herbert
  8. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
  9. HRT: Husband Replacement Therapy by Kathy Lette
  10. Call Me by Your Name by Andre Aciman

Top 10 Adult Non-Fiction

  1. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
  2. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  3. Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope by Mark Manson
  4. Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales
  5. Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman
  6. The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
  7. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
  8. The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk
  9. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  10. The Resilience Project by Hugh van Cuylenburg

Top 10 Young Adult Fiction

  1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J K Rowling
  2. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: Miss Peregrine Series, Book 1 by Ransom Riggs
  3. Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott
  4. A Court of Thorns and Roses: A Court of Thorns and Roses Series, Book 1 by Sarah J Maas
  5. Eragon: Inheritance Cycle, Book 1 by Christopher Paolini
  6. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes: The Hunger Games Series, Book 0 by Suzanne Collins
  7. The Hunger Games: Special Edition: The Hunger Games Series, Book 1 by Suzanne Collins
  8. The Raven Boys: Raven Cycle Series, Book 1 by Maggie Stiefvater
  9. Eldest: Inheritance Cycle, Book 2 by Christopher Paolini
  10. Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

Top 10 Young Adult Non-Fiction

  1. Funny, You Don't Look Autistic: A Comedian's Guide to Life on the Spectrum by Michael McCreary
  2. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  3. Very, Very, Very Dreadful: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 by Albert Marrin
  4. The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
  5. The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia Candace Fleming
  6. Period Power by Nadya Okamoto
  7. Flowers in the Gutter by K R Gaddy
  8. All Boys Aren't Blue by George M Johnson
  9. Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers
  10. Girl Mogul: Dream It. Do It. Change the World by Tiffany Pham

Top 10 Junior Fiction

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J K Rowling
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J K Rowling
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J K Rowling
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J K Rowling
  5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J K Rowling
  6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J K Rowling
  7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J K Rowling
  8. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  9. Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid by Jeff Kinney
  10. Magic Tree House Collection by Mary Pope Osborne

Top 10 Junior Non-Fiction

  1. Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl
  2. Dirty Beasts by Roald Dahl
  3. Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
  4. 101 Amazing Harry Potter Facts by Jack Goldstein
  5. Beep: Minecraft Diary of a Zombie Steve Series, Book 1 by MC Steve
  6. Going Solo by Roald Dahl
  7. Moon! Earth's Best Friend by Stacy McAnulty
  8. Jeepers Creepers: Minecraft Diary of a Noob Steve Series, Book 3 by MC Steve
  9. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli
  10. Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama

BorrowBox eAudiobooks

Top 10 Adult Fiction

  1. Ruin by Dervla McTiernan
  2. Scholar by Dervla McTiernan
  3. Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
  4. Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan
  5. Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben
  6. Room Made of Leaves by Kate Grenville
  7. Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton
  8. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  9. Cilka's Journey by Heather Morris
  10. Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose

Top 10 Adult Non-Fiction

  1. Phosphorescence by Julia Baird
  2. Your Own Kind of Girl by Clare Bowditch
  3. Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe
  4. 488 Rules for Life by Kitty Flanagan
  5. See What You Made Me Do by Jess Hill
  6. Barefoot Investor: 2019/2020 Edition by Scott Pape
  7. Bridge Burning and Other Hobbies by Kitty Flanagan
  8. Land Before Avocado by Richard Glover
  9. Happiest Man on Earth by Eddie Jaku
  10. Dishonesty is the Second-Best Policy by David Mitchell

Top 10 Young Adult Fiction

  1. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  2. Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  3. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
  4. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
  5. Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden
  6. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
  7. Wicked King by Holly Black
  8. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
  9. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
  10. Darkfall by Isobelle Carmody

Top 10 Junior Fiction

  1. 13-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths
  2. 117-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths
  3. Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
  4. Funny Kid Slapstick by Matt Stanton
  5. Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton
  6. Funny Kid Get Licked! by Matt Stanton
  7. Funny Kid Prank Wars by Matt Stanton
  8. 91-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths
  9. Funny Kid Kicks Butt by Matt Stanton
  10. Funny Kid Stand Up by Matt Stanton