Vancouver Public Library's top 10 books of 2017 reveals city's love for the tried and true
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'It’s fascinating the legs those stories have on them,' says library's data manager
Roshini Nair - CBC News
January 01, 2018
2017 might have been an unpredictable year politically, but here in Vancouver, book lovers reached out for the well-loved and the well-worn.
Many of the same books from years previous showed up on the Vancouver Public Library's top 10 most checked-out books of the year.
For instance, Anthony Doerr's Pulitzer Prize winning novel All the Light We Cannot See about occupied France during Second World War has oscillated betweenthe top two spots for the past few years before topping the list again this year.
Janet Horne, the library's data manager, said she double-checked the results when she saw some of the same titles reappear.
"I looked at them and thought, oh, some of the same old favourites," Horne said. "It's fascinating the legs those stories have on them."
Books with a movie equivalent were another popular theme in this year's most checked-out books.
The romance novel Me Before You, the biographical memoir The Glass Castle, the children's book Wonder, have all been recently adapted to film.
"It is something people like to think about to talk about and compare the movie and the book," Horne said. "You'll often see the comments in the catalogue or comments on the DVD saying 'oh, the book was better' or whatever or vice versa."
And kids still can't get enough of a certain boy wizard.