‘Our community loves a good mystery’ – GVPL lists favourites of 2017

Jessica Woollard is a communications officer with the Greater Victoria Public Library

Victorians are big readers and big library users. Greater Victoria Public Library members borrowed the highest number of items, per capita, in the country as measured by the Canadian Urban Libraries Council.

To cap off the year, GVPL has compiled a list of the top ten most borrowed books in 2017 from all 11 library branches.

Two Canadians made the top ten. Madeleine Thien’s Do Not Say We Have Nothing, winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award, claimed the top spot, and mystery writer Louise Penny, closed off the list at number 10 with A Great Reckoning, the latest book in the Armand Gamache mystery series.

Paula Hawkins’s Into the Water came in at number two, the spot she held on GVPL’s 2016 list with her book The Girl on the Train.

“Hawkins was able to capitalize on the fame of her first novel and get another book out when readers were hungry for more,” says Rina Hadziev, GVPL’s coordinator of collections and technical services.

Hadziev notes there are other familiar names on the 2017 list. “John Grisham and Michael Connelly appear twice. They both published books in the late fall of 2016 and in mid-2017, so seeing both books appear isn’t surprising. They are popular authors, and they are prolific.”

Mysteries and thrillers dominate the list. Says Hadziev: “Our community loves a good mystery.”Titles for your 2018 reading list

Are you adventurous, creative, curious or an epicurean? GVPL produced personalized reading lists for all interests. Take the library’s quiz at gvpl.ca/yourbrain, then enjoy recommendations to read, watch, listen and learn.

Greater Victoria Public Library’s Most Borrowed Books of 2017

• Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

• Into the Water by Paula Hawkins (Girl on Train was #2 checked out in 2016)

• The Whistler by John Grisham

• Camino Island by John Grisham

• Night School by Lee Child

• The Late Show by Michael Connelly

• The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly

• The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

• The Fix by David Baldacci

• A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny

– Jessica Woollard is a communications officer with the Greater Victoria Public Library

Just Posted

The shores will not rock in 2019

Atomique Productions announce Rock the Shores festival will not return in 2019, future is uncertain

Video shows logging operation on disputed Saturna Island land

Tsawout First Nation members opposed to logging on reserve land

Family still searching for missing Langford man two weeks after disappearance

Family hopeful he is alive, offering $10,000 reward

Victoria police concerned about missing man’s well-being

Delmer was reported missing on March 19

Fracking, economy, climate at centre of Green Party town hall in Metchosin

Green Party leader Elizabeth May and local candidate David Merner take questions from community

Victoria hosts ‘Ultimate Hockey Fan Cave’

The hockey cave was recently featured on a Netflix special

Calgary captain has 3 points as Flames torch Canucks 3-1

Giordano leads way as Alberta side cracks 100-point plateau

Fire crews battle large blaze at Courtenay hostel

Courtenay Fire Chief Don Bardonnex said nobody was injured

1,300 cruise ship passengers rescued by helicopter amid storm off Norway’s coast

Rescue teams with helicopters and boats were sent to evacuate the cruise ship under extremely difficult circumstances

B.C. university to offer first graduate program on mindfulness in Canada

University of the Fraser Valley says the mostly-online program focuses on self-care and well being

Province announces $18.6 million for B.C. Search and Rescue

The funding, spread over three years, to pay for operations, equipment, and training

Late-season wave of the flu makes its round in B.C.

BC Centre for Disease Control reported 50 per cent jump in flu cases in first weeks of March

Tofino’s housing crisis causing some to seek shelter at the local hospital

Tofino’s housing crisis is pushing the town’s ‘hidden homeless’ population into the forefront.

Sentencing judge in Broncos crash calls for carnage on highways to end

Judge Inez Cardinal sentenced Jaskirat Singh Sidhu to eight years

Most Read