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The Most Popular Reading Room Books of 2007

The NIC Library’s Reading Room is home to an extensive collection of foreign fiction, non-fiction, and children’s story books. So what were the reading rooms most popular books in 2007?

The colourful and easy-to-read story books by popular children’s authors Todd Parr (website), Karen Katz ( website  ), and Shel Silverstein (website) were a hit with children and parents alike.

The Japanese literature section’s English translation of Haruki Murakami’s 1987 best-selling novel – Norwegian Wood, and the non-fiction section’s 1989 Karel Van Wolferen book – The Enigma of Japanese Power, are still popular after 20 years and are now compulsory reading for foreigners wanting to get an insight into the inner-Japan.

The vast majority of books in the reading room (with the exception of children’s books) have been donated to the library, and that includes newly released book like “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”.  The Harry Potter series, as you would expect, is very popular with our users and we wouldn’t have these books if it wasn’t for the generosity of our donors.  

Mitch Albom’s (website) books are written in easy-to-understand, simple English, and are popular with EFL and ESL adult learners.

A full list of the library’s top 20 books of 2007 is below.

  • It’s Okay To Be Different – by Todd Parr

  • Embracing Defeat- by John Dower

  • Norwegian Wood – by Murakami Haruki

  • Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince  – by  J.K. Rowling

  • The Five People You Meet In Heaven  – by  Mitch Albom

  • Sputnik Sweetheart – by Murakami Haruki

  • Harry Potter And The Order Of Phoenix – by J.K. Rowling

  • The Enigma Of Japanese Power – by Karel Van Wolferen

  • My Crayons Talk – by Patric Hubbard

  • Go Away, Big Green Monster – by Ed Emberley

  • The Giving Tree (includes CD) – by Shel Silverstein

  • I Can Share – by Karen Katz

  • Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire – by J.K. Rowling

  • Tuesdays With Morrie  – by Mitch Albom

  • False Impression – by Jeffrey Archer

  • Angels – by Marian Keyes

  • No Hitting! – by Karen Katz

  • A Wild Sheep Chase – by Haruki Murakami

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