We know we talk about BorrowBox a lot but there’s some very good reasons for that – we’re #StayingAtHome at the moment and our library buildings are temporarily closed so we can’t rave about the physical books we have on our shelves. Instead, we need to shout about our eBook and eAudio offers and the great titles for you to discover that are at your fingertips.

We thought it might be fun to investigate which titles are proving popular amongst our readers so here’s Andrew from our Virtual Library Team with a run down of the popular eBook and eAudio titles on BorrowBox at the moment (we’ve also created an animation for our countdown – see below for more details).


10. The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory (eAudio)

Historical fact twisted into historical thriller. This is the story of Henry VIII’s last wife, Kathryn Parr. I love the tagline to this book: ‘Why would you want to marry a serial killer?’

9. The Spy of Venice by Benet Brandreth (eBook)

Billed as CJ Sansom meets Shakespeare in Love, this is a William Shakespeare thriller where our greatest bard becomes our greatest spy in a clever blend of fact and fiction.

8. Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig (eAudio)

A very apposite book for these times. Described in reviews as moving, funny and joyous, this book is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth. On my list of inspirational books to read.

7. My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella (eAudio)

A humorous and light-hearted read that ultimately poses the question, what’s wrong with a not- so-perfect life anyway?

6. Circe by Madeline Miller (eAudio)

All about Greek myth’s most misunderstood deity; a Sun God’s daughter with a human heart. Spurned by the Gods, she sides with humans and studies witchcraft. If, like me, you’ve only dipped your toe into Greek mythology, this book will call out to you.

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And into our Top Five:

5. The Lake House by Kate Morton (eBook)

An absorbing book that centres on the strange disappearance of 11 month old Theo Edevane during a family party in 1933. It is part historical fiction, part Gothic mystery and part family saga, all linked to one house over a seventy year period.

4. A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult (eAudio)

A gripping novel about the ethics of abortion set amidst a hostage situation at a health clinic. An insightful novel revealing the complexity of balancing the right to life with the right to choose.

3. Gallows View by Peter Robinson (eAudio)

The first in Peter Robinson’s bestselling ‘Inspector Banks’ series. Banks is a perceptive, curious and compassionate policeman who has recently relocated from London to the Yorkshire Dales to discover that country life is not quite as idyllic as he thought.

2. Memory Man by David Baldacci (eBook)

Baldacci’s books have become a phenomenon with thriller readers. The first of his books to introduce us to Amos Decker, a detective with a special gift that is called into use when tracking down the killer of his wife and daughter.

1. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John Le Carre (eAudio)

The first of a series of cold war thrillers featuring George Smiley. According to the Guardian, he is ‘the sort of spy [Britain] believes it ought to have: a bit shabby, academic, basically loyal and sceptical of the enthusiasms of his political masters’.

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We hope there’ll be something there to whet every reader’s appetite this week. The good news is that you can download all of these titles straightaway without waiting from BorrowBox!

We’ve also captured this top ten in an animated video. You can see previews of each title to get a flavour of each book and make your selection. So, head over to YouTube and make your choice!

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If you’re just getting started with BorrowBox, or need any help at all, you can email us at libraryenquiryteam@warwickshire.gov.uk or we have two videos available for you – one for getting started which you can view here and a second with tips and tricks for making the most of our BorrowBox collection, available to view here. This includes the all-important ‘hit return’ – when you’ve finished with a title, please hit the return link in your ‘My Loans’ list so that the next reader can enjoy the title.

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