Thrillers top bookworms' picks for summer reading
CRIME thrillers have topped the list for Swansea bookworms this summer.
The Innocent by David Baldacci was the most borrowed book across libraries in Swansea during June, July and August.
The novel, set in Washington DC, tells the story of Will Robie, a stone-cold US Government hitman who becomes a target himself after refusing to carry out a job.
The second most popular read was A Wanted Man by Lee Child, which is part of the author's Jack Reacher series.
And third on the list was the The Hit, also by David Baldacci.
The most borrowed film during the same period was Life of Pi — a fantasy adventure based on the award-winning Man Booker novel by Yann Martel. The second and third most borrowed films were Jack Reacher, with Tom Cruise, and Django Unchained — a Quentin Tarantino movie starring Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Swansea Council runs the library service.
Nick Bradley, cabinet member for regeneration, said: "The weather this summer was very good compared with recent years and many people will have taken the opportunity to unwind with books and films, either at home or while on holiday, to make the most of the sunshine with some time off work.
"The beauty of our library network is that many of its services are free, helping people save lots of money during what continue to be tough financial times for many families.
"It's always interesting to see what other people have been reading and watching because it helps give ideas on what books and films are being recommended for us all."
Other books to have made the 10 most borrowed list over the summer include Inferno by Dan Brown, Private Berlin by James Patterson and Six Years by Harlen Coben. Other films to have made the ten most borrowed list include Flight with Denzel Washington, Les Miserables and Skyfall, the latest movie in the James Bond franchise starring Daniel Craig.
Some of the most borrowed CDs for the same period included The Best of the Eagles, The Best of the Kinks and Cheap by Seasick Steve. Depeche Mode, Daft Punk and Marvin Gaye also made the top ten.