Greater Victoria Public Library Announces Most Borrowed Books of 2021 – Peninsula News Review

Facing another year of pandemic blues, residents of Greater Victoria have turned to inspiring stories in 2021, according to the public library’s annual list of most borrowed books.

“2021 has been dominated by difficult events here in our province and around the world, so it’s no surprise that books on the themes of hope, resilience and welcoming life are in top of our most borrowed lists,” Maureen Sawa, CEO of the Greater Victoria Public Library. , said in a press release.

Topping the adult fiction category was Kristin Hannah’s The Four Winds, which tells the story of farmers struggling to hold on to their land and livelihoods during the Great Depression. Second and third place respectively went to The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig, and The Rose Code, by Kate Quinn.

In the non-fiction section, Barack Obama caught readers’ attention with his highly acclaimed memoir, A Promised Land. Next are Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer, and Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones, by James Clear.

Science fiction and fantasy dominated the charts for teenage readers. The first was A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas, the first book in a series full of fairy lands, magic, and an ancient curse. Five Total Strangers, by Natalie D. Richards, took second place, and Firekeeper’s Daughter, by Angeline Boulley, took third place.

Finally, the most viewed children’s book of the year was Fetch 22, and others in the Dog Man series, by Dav Pilkey. Pilkey is well known as the creator of Captain Underpants. The second and third spots were taken by two other notable series, the Harry Potter books, by JK Rowling, and the Baby-Sitters Little Sister graphic series (a spin-off of The Baby-Sitters Club), by Katy Farina and Ann Mr Martin.

Throughout the year, residents accessed 1.8 million library items, with strong demand for digital items.

The library’s book database can be viewed at

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Colin L. Johnson