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Which books makes your top five? Revealed: the county’s favourites


Ever wondered what the most popular book to be borrowed by Gloucestershire residents is? With World Book Day taking place on 2nd March, Gloucestershire Library service is highlighting some of the most popular books borrowed over the last five years.

Aliens Love Underpants, The Casual Vacancy and The Girl on the Train have all topped the charts over the last five years as the most borrowed books.

Aliens Love Underpants topped the charts in 2012 and 2014, and also made the top five in 2013 (2nd) and 2015 (4th). The Casual Vacancy topped the charts in 2013, and also featured in the top five in 2014 (2nd), with The Girl on the Train topping the charts the year it was released in 2015, and holding on to the top spot in 2016. Somewhat surprisingly, Fifty Shades of Grey was no where to be seen on the list.

World Book Day is taking place on Thursday 2nd March and as part of the celebrations for the day, Gloucestershire County Council’s Library service will be working with Gloucester Rugby Club to provide over 300 young people with a morning of activities. The activities, which will include stalls and events from the Waterways Museum and Gloucester City Museum, will relate to books and reading. The day will also offer young people the chance to join a mini reading challenge that could see them win two junior rugby tickets for Gloucester vs. Sale on 15th April.

For a chance to win, young people have to read four books during March and collect rugby ball stickers that they will need to stick to their reading challenge postcards that they will receive on the day. Once full, the postcards should be handed in to their local library by 2nd April, and the cards will go into a prize draw. Each library has two junior tickets to give away.

Adults are also being invited to join in with World Book Day with a special Poetry Slam at Cheltenham Library on 2nd March from 7pm-9pm. Angie Belcher will host the event and residents are invited to write and bring a poem in on the theme of books. Although the event is free, tickets must be booked by visiting

Libraries, such as Longlevens are inviting their local schools in for a special story time.

Cllr Andrew Gravells, cabinet member for libraries and communities, said: “During spring and summer I shall be making sure these books are on my reading list and I would encourage all library members to try something new, whether it is an e-book or hard copy.

“World Book Day is a great opportunity for people, young and old, to get involved and enjoy the wonderful literary world. There are lots of fun events taking place and I hope that people will drop into their local library to see what’s going on.”

To find out more information about what local libraries have on offer for World Book Day, visit

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