Federation of Ontario Public Libraries

Female authors, Canadian titles dominate Toronto Public Library’s top 10 books of 2019

Torontonians’ reading habits were very different from previous years, librarian says

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/toronto-public-library-popular-books-top-ten-1.5389739

“Here are the top 10 books of 2019:

  • Becoming by Michelle Obama.
  • Washington Black by Esi Edugyan.
  • Educated by Tara Westover.
  • Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny.
  • The Reckoning by John Grisham.
  • The Testaments by Margaret Atwood.
  • Women Talking by Miriam Toews.
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.
  • Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly.
  • Normal People by Sally Rooney.”

6 millionth e-book borrowed

“Electronic books also made a significant advance in popularity this year, Banks says.

Near the beginning of December, the library marked its six millionth e-book borrowed of 2019, meaning it already surpassed last year’s total of just over five million digital books borrowed.

“It was a big deal for me personally,” Banks said. “I thought it was really exciting.”

Here are the top five e-books of 2019

  • Educated by Tara Westover.
  • Washington Black by Esi Edugyan.
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama.
  • The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton.
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. “

“Children’s fiction is dominated by a handful of popular series, which are ranked in order here:

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney.
  • Peppa Pig based on the TV series by Neville Astley and Mark Baker.
  • Elephant and Piggy by Mo Willems.
  • Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey.
  • Dog Man by Dav Pilkey.
  • Geronimo Stilton by “Geronimo Stilton.”

Apart from series, the library says standalone books by Dr. Seuss and Eric Carle are perennial favourites.”