Top Titles Borrowed from the Library in 2018

January 10, 2019

New Year, new you! Check out the most popular titles in 2018 (and find a new read, watch or listen to kick start your 2019):

Top 10 Fiction
       Title Author
1 Camino Island Grisham, John
2 The Late Show Connelly, Michael
3 Glass Houses Penny, Louise
4 The Fix Baldacci, David
5 Don’t Let Go Coben, Harlan
6 Two Kinds of Truth Connelly, Michael
7 The Midnight Line Child, Lee
8 End Game Baldacci, David
9 The Rooster Bar Grisham, John
10 A Great Reckoning Penny, Louise


Top 10 Non-Fiction
       Title Author
1 Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House Wolff, Michael
2 The Hidden Life of Trees: What they Feel, How they Communicate: Discoveries from a Secret World Wohlleben, Peter
3 Forgiveness: A Gift from my Grandparents Sakamoto, Mark
4 The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing Kondo, Marie
5 Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood Noah, Trevor
6 A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership Comey, James B., Jr.
7 Precious Cargo: My Year Driving the Kids on School Bus 3077 Davidson, Craig
8 Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End Gawande, Atul
9 Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis Vance, J. D.
10 Educated: A Memoir Westover, Tara


Top 10 Teen Titles
       Title Author
1 The Marrow Thieves Dimaline, Cherie
2 Turtles All the Way Down Green, John
3 The Hate U Give Thomas, Angie
4 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2 Rowling, J. K.
5 La Belle Sauvage Pullman, Philip
6 The Fault in our Stars Green, John
7 Carve the Mark Roth, Veronica
8 The Giver Lowry, Lois
9 Six of Crows Bardugo, Leigh
10 Renegades Meyer, Marissa


Top 10 Children’s Titles
       Title Author
1 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down Kinney, Jeff
2 The Wizard’s Wand: The Ninth Adventure in the Kingdom of Fantasy Stilton, Geronimo
3 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway Kinney, Jeff
4 Thea Stilton and the Venice Masquerade Stilton, Thea
5 I Will Take a Nap! Willems, Mo
6 The Hunt for the Hundredth Key Stilton, Geronimo
7 I Really Like Slop! Willems, Mo
8 No Time to Lose: the Fifth Journey Through Time Stilton, Geronimo
9 The Treasure of the Sea Stilton, Geronimo
10 Thea Stilton and the Madagascar Madness Stilton, Thea


Top 10 eBooks
      Title Author
1 Make Me: Jack Reacher Series, Book 20 Child, Lee
2 Small Wars: A Jack Reacher Story Child, Lee
3 Flat Broke with Two Goats: A Memoir McGaha, Jennifer
4 15th Affair: Women’s Murder Club Series, Book 15 Patterson, James
5 Fool Me Once Coben, Harlan
6 The Last Mile: Amos Decker Series, Book 2 Baldacci, David
7 The Guilty: Will Robie Series, Book 4 Baldacci, David
8 The Girl on the Train Hawkins, Paula
9 Deep Down: A Jack Reacher Story Child, Lee
10 Fetching Raymond: A Story from the Ford County Collection Grisham, John


Top 10 eAudiobooks
       Title Author
1 Night School: Jack Reacher Series, Book 21 (unabridged) Child, Lee
2 15th Affair: Women’s Murder Club Series, Book 15 (unabridged) Patterson, James
3 The Black Box: Harry Bosch Series, Book 16 (unabridged) Connelly, Michael
4 Rogue Lawyer: A Novel (unabridged) Grisham, Jon
5 Deep Down: A Jack Reacher Novella (unabridged) Child, Lee
6 Make Me: Jack Reacher Series, Book 20 (unabridged) Child, Lee
7 Career of Evil: Cormoran Strike Series, Book 3 (unabridged) Galbraith, Robert
8 The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel (unabridged) Gaiman, Neil
9 The Gods of Guilt: Mickey Haller Series, Book 5 (unabridged) Connelly, Michael
10 Glass Houses: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache Series, Book 13 (unabridged) Penny, Louise


Why These Titles are Popular?

Local Librarian for Vancouver Island Regional Library, Steinunn Benjaminsson, comments that customers really loved their dark, suspenseful stories in 2018. These are mainly fast-moving, gripping reads that temporarily whisk you away for some exciting escapism.

“The fact that four authors appear more than once on these lists tells me that many of our readers really know what they like and happily turn to their favourite authors over and over again.”

In the non-fiction category, Benjaminsson adds, “The popularity of these non-fiction titles, half of which are biographies, illustrates how fascinated we are by the life experiences of others. The riveting cultural and political climate south of our nation’s border has clearly also inspired VIRL’s readers this year.”

Benjaminsson also notes that it’s no surprise that children’s book authors, Mo Willems and Jeff Kinney, made the top 10: “Comedy is always king. Willems writes books that are funny enough to make grown-ups genuinely laugh out loud and Kinney really ‘gets’ kids’ humour.”