Our top 2014 reads


Queenstowners love a good thriller and food glorious food.

The local library has revealed its most loaned titles in 2014 across adult fiction, non-fiction, movies, and books for children and young adults.

Seven of the top 10 adult fiction books taken out are thrillers or crime stories, with Lee Child’s nineteenth book in the Jack Reacher series, Personal, the most popular.

Gillian Flynn’s worldwide hit Gone Girl is the second most loaned in the section.

The 2012 novel has been adapted into a successful Hollywood movie, directed by David Fincher and starring Ben Affleck.

“That’s a common theme,” librarian Sooze Jarman says.

“People are keen to read the book before it’s ruined by going to see the movie.”

Jarman says the list is compiled from loans from both Queenstown and Arrowtown libraries, but not Wanaka.

In non-fiction, New Zealand’s TV cook Annabel Langbein takes the cake with her Through The Seasons: The Free Range Cook.

United Kingdom celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is second with his cookbook 15-Minute Meals.

They even managed to outshine the usual most loaned non-fiction: driving test bible The Official New Zealand Road Code.

Cancer rom-com (yep, cancer rom-com) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green was the most loaned in the children and young adults section, followed by Suzanne Collins’ ubiquitous Hunger Games trilogy.

And cancer’s also a theme in the most loaned DVD – and 99.1 per cent chemically pure meth.

Vince Gilligan’s brilliant Breaking Bad takes top slot followed by documentary Searching for Sugar Man.

Adult Non-Fiction
Through The Seasons: The Free Range Cook, Annabel Langbein
15-Minute Meals, Jamie Oliver
The Official New Zealand Road Code
1-Minute Gardener, Mat Pember
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, Malala Yousafzai
Golden Days of Lake County, F.W.G Miller
I Quit Sugar for Life, Sarah Wilson
Heart of the Mackenzie: The Glenmore Station Story
100 Best Native Plants for New Zealand Gardens
The Great New Zealand Cookbook

Adult Fiction
Personal, Lee Child
Gone girl, Gillian Flynn
King and Maxwell, David Baldacci
Luminaries, Eleanor Catton
Police, Jo Nesbo
The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion
Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
Whiskey Beach, Nora Roberts
Galveston, Nic Pizzolatto
Reykjavík Nights, Arnaldur Indriaason 

Children’s and Young Adults
The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins
Divergent trilogy, Veronica Roth
Geronimo Stilton, Geronimo Stilton
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jeff Kinney
Tom Gates, Liz Pichon
Mortal Instruments, Cassandra Clare
The Treehouse Books, Andy Griffiths
Wonky Donkey, Craig Smith
Famous Five, Enid Blyton

Breaking Bad series
Searching for Sugar Man
True Detective
Food, Inc.
The Bridge series
Top of the Lake
Stories We Tell
Downton Abbey series
The Killing series
More than Honey