Non-Fiction Most Borrowed – Repeat Offenders

Every month, we look at the most borrowed everything: books, DVDs, CDs, junior fiction etc.

Fiction books can chop and change with the trends but non-fiction sees the same books or themes appear month after month!

Non-Fiction is hot hot hot! It is consistently the genre that is borrowed the most. Our collection is full of beautiful, popular, quality non-fiction. In fact, we have over 65,000 Adult Non-Fiction books!


The Barefoot Investor

The Barefoot Investor is consistently the No.1 book. This last month it was even the top audiobook.
(I do recommend the audio version! His voice is so easy to listen to and just makes things I normally tune out about make sense! Like a friend explaining things to me. Clear, humourous and genuine.)

The Barefoot Investor for Families

Scott Pape's newer Barefoot book is usually up there in the top 10 too. Though always less than the original. Smaller audience maybe? I've read both and found the one for kids really inspiring too. You don't feel like you must do everything suggested but some great ideas that are easy to implement. 


Cooking is always a really popular area of Non-Fiction. And the top list always has a Jamie Oliver one or two. These two are in the top for this month but it will depend on what and when his latest was released.

Jamie Cooks Italy

5 Ingredients

Other foodie books that have been repeat offender most borrowed this year were:

Slow Cooker Central Family Favourites This one was definitely popular over Winter this year!


4 Ingredients

Women's Weekly Cookbooks are awesome! The easy to follow steps and simple ingredients of these recipes ensure they fly off the shelves. Anything by Sophia Young is a winner!

501 Low-carb Recipes

Vegetarian Basics Simply Easy to Follow Recipes for the Plant Lover


Weight loss or health 

The Busy Mum's Guide to Weight Loss on A Budget

We are becoming increasingly health-conscious. Apparently Mums especially!

This busy mum book is the latest ('on a budget') but the previous one (minus the 'on a budget') was also super popular. 

Other health-conscious popular choices focus on eating habits too (interestingly less on being more active).  

The Clever Guts Diet

The Fast 800

I Quit Sugar


Mark Manson has shown us that a sneaky swear word attracts the masses! 

Every Thing Is F*cked

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck

But in the same self-improvement theme this book has shown up a fair bit too.

12 Rules for Life

Biographies & Memoir

Biographies are always a bit of a winner but they definitely got a boost in the numbers because of this book! 


Becoming is available in every format you can think of: book, eBook, audiobook CDs and mp3, eAudiobook, large print... and they all have a waiting hold list! (except Book Express!)

Other popular choices:


In Pieces

The Writing on the Wall

Idiot Wind

When Breath Becomes Air

The Erratics

Working Class Man



Interior Design

Since Marie Kondo, minimalism, decluttering and the aesthetic of our homes has taken off! Marie Kondo always has a hold or tow but this book has taken over and shown up in the top charts for a few months now. 


Creative Non-Fiction

This can be a mix of investigative journalism, not-quite biography, culture, travel etc. 

The Arsonist

The Trauma Cleaner

Banking Bad

Any Ordinary Day

Dark Emu

Growing up Queer in Australia

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