TOP 10: The Ottawa Public Library’s Most Popular Books For Adults, Teens and Children, By Reader’s Content

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Quebec mystery writer Louise Penney occupies the top two spots while the former Attorney General of Canada wrote the only non-fiction entry in the Ottawa Public Library’s list of most popular books for adult readers in 2021.


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The OPL shares its best books for adults, adolescents and children based on readership requests between January 1 and December 1, 2021.

The library – the largest bilingual public library system in North America with 34 physical and virtual branches – “hopes these titles inspire you to share and experience the pleasure of reading now and in the New Year.”

Top 10 – Adult in English

  1. State of Terror by Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny
  2. The madness of the crowds by Louise Penny
  3. Code pink by Kate Quinn
  4. Fight Night by Miriam Toews
  5. The last thing he told me about Laura Dave
  6. The push by Ashley Audrain
  7. Michelle Good’s Five Little Indians
  8. Indian in Cabinet: Speaking the Truth to Power by Jody Wilson-Raybould
  9. What a strange paradise by Omar El Akkad
  10. A city called Comfort by Mary Lawson


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Of Penny, OPL librarians said that the mystery writer’s “extraordinarily popular” foray into state crime, co-authored with the former US Secretary of State and candidate for the presidential election, “was a huge success” while his previous title came in second.

Good’s novel, released in 2020, was on the 2021 list “as residential schools make the news for the saddest of reasons,” librarians said, “while El Akkad’s Giller Prize winner” talks about the plight of refugees, another reflection of the current situation. events.”

Toew’s Fight Night features its “trademark humor and pathos” while Audrain’s The Push is a “gripping psychological drama,” the librarians said, noting that the two Canadian authors have “refreshing perspectives on motherhood. “. Lawson, meanwhile, takes readers back to northern Ontario with another “gripping family drama.”


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For teens, Leigh Bardugo, the author of title number one on the list, had several titles from different series in the Top 20 titles, while Angeline Boulley’s young adult thriller about an indigenous teenager who must eradicate the corruption in his community lands in second place.

Top 10 – Teens in English

  1. Shadow and Bone of Leigh Bardugo
  2. The firefighter’s daughter by Angeline Boulley
  3. Concrete rose by Angie Thomas
  4. Xiran Jay Zhao’s Iron Widow
  5. The hunt for the stars by Cherie Dimaline
  6. Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean
  7. Jennifer Barnes’ Hawthorne Legacy
  8. The Dorées by Namina Forna
  9. These Violent Delights from Chloé Gong
  10. Story by Alexandra Bracken

For children, eight Top 10 titles are part of an ongoing series, note the librarians, “which speaks volumes for the popularity of children’s series,” while six are of the fantasy genre. Aimed at older readers, Jeff Kinney’s # 1 Big Shot is among the entries that are “heavily illustrated giving the impression of graphic novels.”

Top 10 – Children in English

  1. Big shot of Jeff Kinney
  2. Christmas Pig by JK Rowling
  3. Howl of the Wind Dragon by Tracey West
  4. Guardians of the Empire by Geronimo Stilton
  5. Bo and the Merbaby by Rebecca Elliott
  6. Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan
  7. Dangerous Gift by Tui Sutherland
  8. Like father, like son of James Patterson
  9. Spy School at Sea by Stuart Gibbs
  10. Really Tyler by Terri Libenson

Visit the Ottawa Public Library online for the top 10 titles in French.



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