The Vancouver Island Regional Library has released its list of the most popular books in its collection over the past year.
“In another year under the shadow of the pandemic, top books included titles by Indigenous authors, mystery novels by world-renowned authors, series that found their way to TV and more. yet,” the VIRL said in a statement.
Criminal and legal thrillers topped the list of top 10 adult books, but the most popular of them all in 2021 was Kristin Hannah’s The Four Winds, a novel set during the Great Depression about farmers struggling to preserve their land. in difficult conditions.
Oscar viewers will recognize the name of last year’s most popular e-book, 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 e-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, despite being published over six years ago.
Julia Donaldson dominated the print picture book section, with her titles The Gruffalo’s Child and The Hospital Dog coming in at number one and two respectively, with another book by Donaldson, Room on the Broom, coming in at No. 8.
The Vancouver Island Regional Library serves areas of 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 to the north and west. Find the complete lists on https://virl.bc.ca/the-most-checked-out-titles-of-2021-at-virl/