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Top book titles for Vancouver Island readers

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Popular titles for readers on Vancouver Island in 2022.

Wednesday February 22, 2023 | VANCOUVER ISLAND, BC

by Mary P Brooke | Island Social Trends

Vancouver Island readers have spoken! Here are the top titles for 2022 as released last month by the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL).

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VIRL tallied up the titles that their patrons borrowed the most in 2022, through the 27 VIRL branches (28 branches in you include ‘system wide’) that are located around Vancouver Island. In the south Vancouver Island area that includes branches in Sooke, Sidney and Cowichan.

Libraries are popular as a source for free reading material, and also offer a range of programs and services that support their communities.

Top 10 titles:

Here is the VIRL Top 10 most popular adult fiction print titles, young adult books, children’s books, ebooks and digital audiobooks.

Top 10 most popular adult print titles:

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Dream Town by David Baldacci sells for $29.80 hardcover and $13.99 softcover. [Feb 2023]
  1. Dream Town by David Baldacci
  2. One Step Too Far: A Novel by Lisa Gardner
  3. The Match by Harlan Coben
  4. The Judge’s List by John Grisham
  5. The Dark Hours by Michael Connelly
  6. The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
  7. Five Little Indians by Michelle Good
  8. State of Terror: A Novel by Louise Penny and Hillary Rodham Clinton
  9. Better Off Dead by Lee Child and Andrew Child
  10. The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny

Top 10 Most Popular Young Adult Novels:

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The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes sells on Amazon for $22.99 hardcover and $14.99 softcover. [Feb 2023]
  1. Heartstopper. Volume 3 by Alice Oseman
  2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  3. The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Barnes
  4. Heartstopper. Volume 1 by Alice Oseman
  5. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  6. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  7. Hunting by Stars by Cherie Dimaline
  8. Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
  9. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
  10. The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

Top 10 Most Popular Children’s Books:

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Peppa Pig and the Earth Day Adventure sells for $12.66 new on Thrift Books.
  1. The Hospital Dog by Julie Donaldson
  2. An Elephant & Piggie Biggie! Volume 4 by Moe Willems
  3. Think Big! By Robert Munsch
  4. Dog Man. For Whom the Ball Rolls by Dave Pilkey
  5. Dog Man. Grime and Punishment. By Dave Pilkey
  6. Dog Man. Fetch-22. By Dave Pilkey
  7. Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-a-Lot by Dave Pilkey
  8. Dog Man. Mothering Heights. By Dave Pilkey
  9. Peppa Pig and the Earth Day Adventure 
  10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot by Jeff Kinney
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Top 10 Most Popular EBooks of 2022:

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A novel called A State of Terror by Louise Penny and Hillary Rodham Clinton sells new on Amazon for $30.22.
  1. The Law of Innocence by Michael Connelly
  2. Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty
  3. The Break by Katherena Vermette
  4. Better Off Dead by Lee Child and Andrew Child
  5. The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny
  6. State of Terror by Louise Penny and Hillary Rodham Clinton
  7. The Last thing He Told Me: A Novel by Laura Dave
  8. The Judge’s List by John Grisham
  9. The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
  10. The Girl in His Shadow by Audrey Blake
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The Top 10 Most Popular Digital Audiobooks of 2022:

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The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah is popular as an audio book.
  1. The Girl in His Shadow (unabridged) by Audrey Blake
  2. An Accidental Death (unabridged) by Peter Grainger
  3. The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself (unabridged) by Michael Singer
  4. Until Leaves Fall in Paris (unabridged) by Sarah Sundin
  5. The Four Winds: A Novel (unabridged) by Kristin Hannah
  6. Beaches, Bungalows & Burglaries (unabridged) by Tonya Kappes
  7. Pieces of Her (unabridged) by Karin Slaughter
  8.  False Witness (unabridged) by Karin Slaughter
  9. 101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think (unabridged) by Brianna Wiest
  10. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
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Mary P Brooke, Editor, Island Social Trends

Island Social Trends has been reporting through a socioeconomic lens about the west shore and south Vancouver Island region through a series of publications since 2008.

Editor and Publisher Mary P Brooke founded the publication series that started with MapleLine Magazine (2008-2010), expanding to be a weekly print paper as Sooke Voice News (2011-2013), then further expanding to a colour print weekly newspaper with PDF and online version as West Shore Voice News (2014-2020) before emerging fully online as Island Social Trends (since mid-2020). News posts are now daily, including BC provincial news.