Macquarie Regional Library has released its top 10 borrowed fiction and non-fiction books for 2023 from the Dubbo and Wellington libraries. These are the titles that have been borrowed the most times by Macquarie Regional Library members in the Dubbo region.

Top adult fiction books:

  1. No Plan B by Lee Child
  2. Exiles by Jane Harper
  3. The Orphans by Fiona McIntosh
  4. The Tilt by Chris Hammer
  5. Desert Star by Michael Connelly
  6. Retribution by Sarah Barrie
  7. Wish You Were Here by Karly Lane
  8. The Wrong Sister by Fiona Palmer
  9. Long Shadows by David Baldacci
  10. The Last Station by Nicole Alexander

Well established authors who have readers hooked with popular series and characters feature in the top 10 adult fiction list. The most borrowed titled ‘No Plan B’ by Lee Child is the latest in the Jack Reacher series.

“Readers who have followed Jack Reacher’s adventures in the series by Lee Childs have been following this character since they were first introduced to him 25 years ago,” Macquarie Regional Library Manager Kathryn McAlister said.

“A high number of authors in the top 10 are Australian authors which reflects readers preference for local stories in familiar settings.”

Top adult non-fiction books:

  1. Spare by Prince Harry
  2. Atomic Habits by James Clear
  3. My Dream Time by Ash Barty
  4. The Girl in the Green Dress by Jeni Haynes
  5. Sew it Yourself: 20 Pattern Free Projects to Make Your Dream Wardrobe by Daisy Braid
  6. Epic Hikes of Australia and New Zealand by Andrew Bain
  7. The Happiest Man on Earth by Eddie Jaku
  8. Use it All: The Cornersmith Guide to a More Sustainable Kitchen by Alex Elliot-Howery
  9. The Widow of Walcha: A True Story of Love, Lies and Murder in a Small Country Town by Emma Partridge
  10. Mary Ann and Captain Piper: The Remarkable True Story of the Convict’s Daughter Who Became the Toast of Colonial Sydney by Jessica North

“Lots of biographies feature in the top 10 for non-fiction, especially about people who featured heavily in the media in recent years and some who have divided opinion. Love them or hate them we’ve enjoyed reading about them,” Ms McAlister said.

Sustainability and self-improvement are also popular topics this year as people adapt to the cost-of-living pressures and strive to reduce waste and learn new skills.

“If you are looking for a new book to read perhaps one of these top 10 fiction or non-fiction books could be perfect to sit back and relax with over summer. Reading has proven to reduce stress and promotes relaxation and enjoyment; so why not pick up a book and start reading?”

The Macquarie Regional Library has an extensive range of fiction and non-fiction titles as well as eAudioBooks via apps such as Libby, BorrowBox and Indyreads. To access the free eAudioBooks simply use your Macquarie Regional Library membership.

Not a member of the Macquarie Regional Library? Join for free at the Dubbo or Wellington branch. For more information visit

Last Edited: 02 Jan 2024

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