STAFFORDSHIRE bookworms have enjoyed a thrilling year according to the county libraries’ top 10 authors of 2013.
James Patterson has once again been the most borrowed author of the year, while suspense queen Nora Roberts is the second most popular author of 2013.
Other thriller writers Lee Child, creator of the Jack Reacher series, and Harlan Coban, were placed six and eight respectively.
But romance was also on the cards for many, with Danielle Steele taking fifth place, and mysteries from M C Beaton proved the fourth most popular draw.
Anna Jacobs, whose genres include historical fiction, romance and modern novels, came third. Clive Cussler was seventh, Rosie Goodwin was ninth and Michael Connelly tenth.
Several titles were borrowed 600 times or more during 2013, including JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy, Inferno by Dan Brown and Alex Cross, Run by James Patterson.
Lee Child topped the e-books chart with Jack Reacher story Persuader, while the most popular e-magazines were Best and Hello!
County Councillor Mike Lawrence, Cabinet Member for Children, Community and Localism said: “It’s clear, Staffordshire bookworms love a thrilling read with James Patterson once again topping the loans chart for the year.
“More and more people are choosing to access their crime fiction from Staffordshire Libraries online with around 1,400 e-book loans per month.
“Staffordshire library members have access to over a million books, over 2,000 e-books and now a wide range of top e-magazine titles.
“We’ve worked hard to make the service even more accessible to our communities including, 24 hour renewal hotline, e-mail and text messaging and a wide variety of free online resources, whilst investing in new technology to invigorate library membership such as e-books, e-magazines and self-service kiosks.”