Ever wonder what your friends and neighbors are reading? Here are last year’s most popular books and DVDs at FSJPL.
The Handmaid’s Tale was the most-borrowed novel for the second year in a row, with more than double the check-outs of any other novel. Next most popular in adult fiction were Stuart Woods’ Unbound and the Marvel novel Iron Man: Mutually Assured Destruction. John Sandford’s Deep Freeze and the thriller The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware came in close behind.
Local issues made a strong showing, with Breaching the Peace: the Site C Dam and a valley’s stand against big hydro being the most checked-out book in adult non-fiction. This book by award-winning journalist Sarah Cox is touted as “a modern-day David and Goliath story” of the farmers and First Nations who fought the Site C megaproject and “the government-sanctioned bullying that propelled it forward” (from the publisher’s website).
Residents were abuzz over the keto diet, with The Keto Reset Diet by Mark Sisson being the most popular. Vegan cookbooks also starred, with The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon being the most popular.
Fort St. John’s love for the natural world showed in the popularity of the CORE hunter safety coursebook and titles like The Ghost Orchard: the Hidden History of the Apple in North America by Helen Humphreys, and I Contain Multitudes: the Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong. Residents also love to nurture nature; gardening books were popular, especially Growing Fruit in Northern Gardens by Sara Williams, Terrarium: 33 Glass Gardens to Make on Your Own by Anna Bauer, and Miniature Moss Gardens: Create Your Own Japanese Container Gardens by Megumi Oshima.
Toward the end of the year, two memoirs pulled into top rankings: Educated by Tara Westover, and Becoming by Michelle Obama.
In children’s literature, Franklin the turtle overtook last year’s most checked-out book, Robert Munsch’s Purple, Green and Yellow. Two Franklin books, Franklin Has a Sleepover and Franklin’s Secret Club topped the checkout lists this year. Robert Munsch, the Berenstain Bears and Little Critter books were not far behind. Hilarious read-aloud favorites by Mo Willems scored high as well, with the irascible Pigeon in Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! and The Pigeon Wants a Puppy.
In young adult fiction, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was the top choice. The next in the series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down tied for second most-borrowed in YA.
Locals also love Canadian television: Heartland’s sixth season was FSJPL’s most-borrowed item of any category. Heartland’s fifth season, and Anne of Green Gables DVD sets were next among the highest circulating DVDs. Game of Thrones and the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy also topped the list.
Find your next great read (or binge-worthy series) at fsjpl.ca. Don’t have a library card? It’s free for residents of Fort St. John and Areas B and C.
Amy von Stackelberg is a circulation services co-ordinator at FSJPL.