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


“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.”