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2020 Reading Recap

Most borrowed adult non-fiction titles

Becoming by Michelle Obama 92 OBA

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations, and whose story inspires us to do the same.

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The note through the wire by Doug Gould 940.5472 MUR

This is a true World War II love story about a Slovenian partisan, Josefine Lobnik, and a New Zealand prisoner of war, Bruce Murray, who met by chance when she pushed a note through the barbed wire fence of a POW camp. This is an against-all-odds love story between a POW and a local freedom fighter - a true story with all the elements of fast-paced fiction.

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Nadia Lim's fresh start cookbook: over 100 delicious everyday recipes for lasting good health and weight loss by Nadia Lim 641.563 LIM

Specially developed recipes and meal plans suited to anyone wanting to lose weight or just adopt healthier eating habits; calorie-controlled recipes for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, treats and snacks.

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Lady in waiting: my extraordinary life in the shadow of the crown by Anne Glenconner 941.085 GLE

The remarkable life of Lady in Waiting to Princess Margaret who was also a Maid of Honour at the Queen's Coronation. Anne Glenconner reveals the real events behind The Crown as well as her own life of drama, tragedy and courage. She writes with extraordinary wit, generosity and courage and she exposes what life was like in her gilded cage, revealing the role of her great friendship with Princess Margaret, and the freedom she can now finally enjoy in later life.

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Life on Muzzle: three generations of New Zealand's most remote station by Fiona Redfern 993.78 RED

Remote Muzzle Station in southern Marlborough has captured the hearts and minds of generations, including Fiona Redfern and her parents before her. Fiona grew up and thrived in the splendid isolation, and wouldn’t have it any other way. This is the story of family life on New Zealand’ s remotest station, and what it’ s like to live and work in what is literally the back of beyond.

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Other popular adult non-fiction titles from 2020

Those were the days: memories of venison recovery by Brian Conroy 799.2765 CON

Join me, veteran of the early venison recovery days, as I take you on many a journey - some hilarious, some tragic, but above all, stories of adrenalin-filled adventures. In my opinion, these were the good old days. It was the era before cellphones, PLBs, GPSs, etc. just good ol' common sense. They were great guys to work with, in country that can only be described as rugged and unforgiving. These were the days where men were men and boys were unheard of.

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Ten feet tall and not quite bulletproof: drug busts and helicopter rescues: one cop's extraordinary true story by Cameron Hardiman 92 HAR

Cameron Hardiman lived a life most young boys could only dream of. Every morning he put on a navy blue police flight suit, grabbed his flight helmet, and prepared to work on the police helicopter. This is the brilliantly told, white-knuckle story of one cop learning every lesson the hard way - and coming to find out that being not quite bulletproof doesn't mean that you're not a good cop.

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Touched by the sun: my friendship with Jackie by Carly Simon 920.72 SIM

A chance encounter at a summer party on Martha's Vineyard blossomed into an improbable but enduring friendship between Carly Simon and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. An intimate, vulnerable, and insightful portrait of the bond that grew between two iconic and starkly different American women, this work is a celebration of kinship in all its many forms.

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Someone's wife: a memoir of sorts by Linda Burgess 92 BUR

These pieces read like the freshest of recent novels: clever, restrained and wittily observant. They range across the personal and the observational. There are essays on her lifetime of being an All Black wife (once an AB, always an AB); her love of teaching, education and the young; and a powerful essay on the death of her baby, Toby, striking in its honesty.The essay collection as memoir is a genre gaining momentum, and in the hands of a writer as accomplished as Linda Burgess. Its universality is charming.

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Most borrowed adult fiction titles

Blue moon by Lee Child

In a nameless city, two ruthless rival criminal gangs, one Albanian, the other Ukrainian, are competing for control. But they hadn’t counted on Jack Reacher arriving on their patch. Will Reacher sit back and let bad things happen? Or can he twist the situation to everyone’s benefit?

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Past tense by Lee Child

Jack Reacher has extended his thumb and hit the pavement. His plan is to follow the autumn sun on an epic trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn't get far. On a country road in rural New Hampshire, deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been: The town where his father was born. As Reacher explores his father's life, and strands of different stories begin to merge, he makes a shocking discovery: The present can be tough, but the past can be tense and deadly.

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The midnight line by Lee Child

Reacher rides the bus north from Milwaukee. At a comfort stop in Wisconsin dairy country he takes a stroll. Among the cheap junk in a pawn shop window he notices a West Point class ring for sale. It's tiny. A woman cadet's ring. Why would she pawn it? Reacher knows what Serena Sanderson must have gone through to get it. He fights through a biker gang and a South Dakota gangster, following the trail of the ring to the emptiness of Wyoming, in search of Major Sanderson. Is she OK?

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The pearl sister: CeCe's story by Lucinda Riley

The Pearl Sister is the fourth book in the Seven Sisters series. Dropping out of art college, CeCe watches as Star, her beloved sister, distances herself to follow her new love, leaving her completely alone. In desperation, she decides to flee England and discover her past. With help from those she meets on her journey, CeCe begins to believe that this wild, vast continent could offer her something she never thought possible: a sense of belonging, and a home.

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No middle name: the complete collected short stories by Lee Child

This book includes eleven previously published stories and a thrilling new novella. Too Much Time is a brand-new work of short fiction that finds Reacher in a hollowed-out town in Maine, where he witnesses a random bag-snatching but sees much more than a simple crime, a fact that could prove fatal.

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Other popular adult fiction titles from 2020

Ghost fire by Wilbur Smith

1754. Inseparable since birth and growing up in India, Theo and Connie Courtney are torn apart by the tragic death of their parents. An epic story of tragedy, loss, betrayal and courage that brings the reader deep into the seething heart of the French Indian War.

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The sun sister: Electra's story by Lucinda Riley

To the outside world, Electra D’Aplièse seems to be the woman with everything: as one of the world’s top models, she is beautiful, rich and famous. Sweeping from Manhattan to the magnificent wide-open plains of Africa, The Sun Sister is the sixth instalment in the Seven Sisters series.

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The giver of stars by Jojo Moyes

Based on a program that was instituted by Eleanor Roosevelt in the mid-1930s, The Giver of Stars is about a group of women that begin a traveling library that delivers books to the rural areas of the town on horseback. These so-called Pack Horse Librarians must overcome a number of obstacles on their way to bringing literacy to the masses, but they do so and tackle these challenges together. It's a tale of love, friendship and of course books.

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Liar by Lesley Pearse

Amelia White dreamed of being a reporter, but the closest she'd come was selling advertising in the local paper. Until the fateful day she stumbles on a truly shocking scoop. Now, Amelia's own unfolding investigation may be the only chance of uncovering the truth, and stopping more killings. If only she can work out who the liar is.

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Most borrowed teen fiction titles

The hunger games by Suzanne Collins

In the nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, the Hunger Games are meant as punishment for the districts that once rebelled against the Capitol. When 16-year-old Katniss's young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

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Wonder by R J Palacio

Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.

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Catching fire by Suzanne Collins

By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion.

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The recruit by Robert Muchamore

James hasn't had a great start in life, but when he is recruited from his care home into an organisation called CHERUB, things most definitely take a turn for the better! To become an agent he goes through extreme hardship, learns to fight and to speak several languages. Now he's ready for his first undercover mission.

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The killing by Robert Muchamore

When James is given the mission of digging up leads on Leon, a small-time crook with big money, James unravels a larger plot than expected with the only person who might know the truth being a deceased eighteen-year-old boy.

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Class A by Robert Muchamore

Keith Moore is Europe's biggest cocaine dealer. The police have been trying to get enough evidence to nail him for more than twenty years. Now, four CHERUB agents are joining the hunt. Can a group of kids successfully infiltrate Keith Moore's organisation, when dozens of attempts by undercover police officers have failed?

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Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer

When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Twilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only Bella's side of the story. At last, readers can experience Edward's version in the long-awaited companion novel. In Midnight Sun, Stephenie Meyer transports us back to a world that has captivated millions of readers and brings us an epic novel about the profound pleasures and devastating consequences of immortal love.

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Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell

Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends. Every autumn, all through high school, they've worked together at the world's best pumpkin patch. They say good-bye every Halloween, and they're reunited every September 1. But this Halloween is different. Josiah and Deja are finally seniors. It's their last season at the Patch, their last shift together--their last good-bye. Josie's ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. But what if their last shift was an adventure?

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The ballad of songbirds and snakes by Suzanne Collins

Ambition will fuel him. Competition will drive him. But power has its price. It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute. The odds are against him.

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Eldest by Christopher Paolini

Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now, Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in magic and swordsmanship, the vital skills of the Dragon Rider. It is the journey of a lifetime, filled with awe-inspiring new places and people, each day a fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and Eragon isn't sure whom he can trust.

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Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Rumour has it Artemis Fowl is responsible for every major crime of the new century. Just twelve years old and already he's a criminal genius, plotting to restore his family's fortune with a spot of corruption and kidnapping. Kidnapping a fairy for ransom, to be precise. Artemis Fowl has discovered a world below ground of armed and dangerous - and extremely high-tech - fairies. But he may have underestimated their powers. They will fight back. Is the boy about to trigger a cross-species war?

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