library books and cds: top 10 loans

These 3rd quarter 2003 charts are for municipal libraries in Barcelona province and are the result of running a reformatter on a page belonging to the library service. One of the interesting features is the suggestion that kids are reading Catalan while they go through the Catalan-language education system and that they shift into Castilian thereafter. However, it could be that adult readers are principally elderly and that Catalan-literate youth are on the verge of swamping the first chart. We shall see.
Adult fiction:

  1. Carlos Ruiz Zafón, La Sombra del viento (395)
  2. Javier Cercas, Soldados de Salamina (393)
  3. Mary Higgins Clark, Camino hacia el pasado (298)
  4. Mary Higgins Clark, El Secreto de la noche (294)
  5. Isabel Allende, Retrato en sepia (285)
  6. Danielle Steel, Remembranza (281)
  7. Arturo Pérez-Reverte, La Reina del Sur (280)
  8. Ken Follett, Vuelo final (278)
  9. Maria de la Pau Janer, Las Mujeres que hay en mí (275)
  10. Danielle Steel, La Boda (267)

Youth fiction:

  1. Isabel Allende, La Ciudad de las bestia (249)
  2. J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter i el calze de foc (214)
  3. J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter i el pres d’Azkaban (204)
  4. J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter i la cambra secreta (160)
  5. Andrew Matthews, No aguanto ni un minuto más! quiero vivir un culebrón (150)
  6. J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal (139)
  7. Bianka Minte-König, Amor pel mòbil (131)
  8. J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter y el cáliz de fuego (116)
  9. William Nicholson, Siervos del maestro (116)
  10. Bernard Ashley, Atrapadas en Casa Venganza (108)

Stories read by citizens aged 0-5:

  1. Juan Carlos Ramis, ¿Dónde está el bebé xungui? (251)
  2. Roser Capdevila, Al llit! (188)
  3. Roser Capdevila, Les Tres bessones i Gaudí (176)
  4. Roser Capdevila, A l’aigua! (171)
  5. Melanie Walsh, Com canvia? (169)
  6. Mike Haines, Prepara’t per anar a l’escola! (154)
  7. Melanie Walsh, Què hi ha? (154)
  8. Richard Powell, On juga el porquet? (150)
  9. Bénédicte Guettier, El Sol i la lluna (145)
  10. Natascha S. Rosenberg, Les Ulleres màgiques i la gent (141)

Ditto 6-9:

  1. Knister, Kika superbruja en el castillo de Drácula (222)
  2. Knister, Tina superbruixa al castell de Dràcula (216)
  3. Josep Vallverdú, Les Aventures del Rovelló (128)
  4. Josep Francesc Delgado, L’Alba ja no va tenir por (116)
  5. Xavier Nicolau Bargalló, Història d’un nas (106)
  6. Walt Disney, Goofy i fill (101)
  7. Gina Ruck-Pauquèt, El Petit rei (96)
  8. Em vols llegir un conte? (95)
  9. Marjorie Newmann, En Barbablanca i el tresor pirata (94)
  10. Joan Armangué i Herrero, El Monstre dels pets (94)

Ditto 10-12:

  1. Thomas Brezina, El Cementiri dels dinosaures (360)
  2. Georgia Byng, Molly Moon i l’increïble llibre d’hipnotisme (289)
  3. Thomas Brezina, El Lladre de tombes (244)
  4. Thomas Brezina, La Nit de les mòmies (231)
  5. Thomas Brezina, Un Espectre a la classe (230)
  6. Thomas Brezina, Pirates extraterrestres (220)
  7. Thomas Brezina, Xiscles a la casa encantada (216)
  8. Thomas Brezina, El Misteri del casalot abandonat (215)
  9. Thomas Brezina, La Nit dels ninja (205)
  10. Thomas Brezina, A qui truca el vampir? (205)

Kiddies’ comics:

  1. Francisco Ibáñez, Mortadelo (637)
  2. Francisco Ibáñez, Mortadelo: 2 impresionantes aventuras completas, descubre con Ibáñez cómo dibujar a Filemón, “el Super” al desnudo y demás barbaridades (316)
  3. Francisco Ibáñez, Mortadelo: 2 espectaculares aventuras completas, fotos, aprende a dibujar a Mortadelo y mucho máaaaas… (308)
  4. Francisco Ibáñez, Mortadelo: aventura completa (284)
  5. Francisco Ibáñez, Misión triunfo!: una aventura de Mortadelo y Filemón (274)
  6. Francisco Ibáñez, El Estrellato!: una aventura de Mortadelo y Filemón (267)
  7. José Escobar, El Laboratorio secreto (258)
  8. Francisco Ibáñez, Llegó el euro!: una aventura de Mortadelo y Filemón (235)
  9. Francisco Ibáñez, El Ordenador… qué horror!: una aventura de Mortadelo
    y Filemón
  10. José Escobar, Zipi y Zape: doble diversión! (216)


  1. Hip-Hop solo en español II (1108)
  2. Ojos de brujo, Barí (1070)
  3. Joni Mitchell, Travelogue (841)
  4. Avril Lavigne, Let go (778)
  5. Mago de Oz, Folktergeist (749)
  6. Rolling Stones, Forty Licks (708)
  7. Norah Jones, Come away with me (642)
  8. Álex Ubago, Qué pides tú? (583)
  9. Maná, Revolución de amor (573)
  10. Clash, The Essential Clash (571)

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