Vancouver Island Regional Library showcases 2021 most popular books – Saanich News

The Vancouver Island Regional Library released its list of the most popular books in its collection over the past year.

“In another year in the shadow of the pandemic, the best books included titles by Indigenous authors, murder mysteries from world-famous authors, series that found their way onto television and many more. more, “VIRL said in a statement.

Criminal and legal thrillers topped the list of the top 10 best adult print, but the most popular of all in 2021 was Kristin Hannah’s The Four Winds, a novel set during the Great Depression about farmers struggling to preserve their land under conditions. difficult.

Oscar-goers will recognize the name of last year’s most popular eBook, Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century. Jessica Bruder’s work was adapted into a film that won Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress.

Nomadland was also # 10 on the list of Most Popular eBook Audiobooks. Number 1 was Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachers of Plants, by Robin Hall Kimmerer. The title recently reached No. 14 on the New York Times bestseller list, although it was released over six years ago.

Julia Donaldson topped the print picture book section, with her titles The Gruffalo’s Child and The Hospital Dog arriving at one and two respectively, with another Donaldson book, Room on the Broom, arriving at # 8.

The Vancouver Island Regional Library serves areas in the Capital Regional District and elsewhere not covered by the Greater Victoria Public Library, including Sidney / North Saanich, Sooke and the Gulf Islands, as well as the communities of Mill Bay north and west. Find the complete lists at

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