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Read any good books lately? Here's what Londoners are checking out from the library

Londoners love their libraries, and what's not to love? Free books, board games, electronic resources and audiobooks were flying off the shelves in 2018, and we've compiled a list of what you were reading, playing and listening to.

John Grisham tops the list for adult fiction authors checked out in 2018

(Kate Dubinski/CBC News)

Londoners love their libraries, and what's not to love? Free books, board games, electronic resources and audiobooks were flying off the shelves in 2018, and we've compiled a list of what you were reading, playing and listening to. 

(A note about the lists: the popularity of certain books is skewed by the number of copies available at libraries. Publication dates also play a role: books released in January had a greater opportunity to be checked out than those released toward the end of the year).

All lists are in descending order. 

Top 10 Adult Fiction Titles

  • Camino Island / John Grisham
  • The Late Show / Michael Connelly
  • The Rooster Bar / John Grisham
  • Origin / Dan Brown
  • Brother / David Chariandy
  • Into the Water / Paula Hawkins
  • Two Kinds of Truth / Michael Connelly
  • The Woman in Cabin 10 / Ruth Ware
  • The Whistler / John Grisham
  • The Midnight Line / Lee Child
Fiction books at the London Public Library. (Kate Dubinski/CBC News)

Top 10 Non-Fiction Titles

  • Educated: A Memoir / Tara Westover
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life / Mark Manson
  • Fire and Fury / Michael Wolff
  • 12 rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos / Jordan B. Peterson
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind / Yuval Noah Harari
  • Fear: Trump in the White House / Bob Woodward
  • Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City / Tanya​ Talaga
  • Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone / Brenné Brown
  • The Ripple Effect: Sleep Better, Eat Better, Move Better, Think Better / Greg Wells
  • Forgiveness: A Gift from My Grandparents / Mark Sakamoto
Non-fiction at the London Public Library. (Kate Dubinski/CBC News)

Top 10 Audiobooks (downloaded on Overdrive platform)

  • Hunger Games / Suzanne Collins
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life / Mark Manson
  • Gone Girl / Gillian Flynn
  • Memory Man: Amos Decker / David Baldacci
  • Night School: Jack Reacher / Lee Child
  • The Wrong Side of Goodbye / Michael Connelly
  • All the Light We Cannot See / Anthony Doerr
  • Rogue Lawyer / John Grisham
  • Origin: A Novel / Dan Brown
  • Why Not Me? / Mindy Kaling
Audiobooks at the London Public Library. (Kate Dubinski/CBC News)

Top 10 eBooks (downloaded on Overdrive platform)

  • Lightkeeper's Daughters / Jean E. Penzidwol (this was due to the campaign for OPLW!)
  • Midnight Line: Jack Reacher Series / Lee Child
  • Memory Man: Amos Decker / David Baldacci
  • The Whistler / John Grisham
  • Brother / David Chariandy
  • Rogue Lawyer / John Grisham
  • Night School: Jack Reacher / Lee Child
  • Camino Island / John Grisham
  • The Rooster Bar/ John Grisham'
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing / Marie Kondo ; translated from Japanese by Cathy Hirano