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Ottawa Public Library’s Top 10 books for adults, teens, kids as judged by reader holds

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Author of the article: Megan Gillis The Ottawa Public Library has released its most popular books for 2021. Its downtown branch is pictured in this file photo. Photo by Julie Oliver /Postmedia Quebec mystery writer Louise Penney takes the top two spots while Canada’s former attorney general penned the only non-fiction entry in the Ottawa Public’s Library’s list of most popular books for adult readers of 2021. Advertisement This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. OPL is sharing its top books for adults, teens and kids based on hold requests from readers between Jan. 1 and Dec. 1, 2021. The library — the largest bilingual public library system in North America with 34 brick-and-mortar and virtual branches — “hopes these titles will inspire you to share and experience the joy of reading now and in the new year.” Top 10 — Adult in English State of Terror by Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny The Rose Code by Kate Quinn Fight Night by Miriam Toews The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave The Push by Ashley Audrain Five Little Indians by Michelle Good Indian in the Cabinet: Speaking Truth to Power by Jody Wilson-Raybould What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson Advertisement This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Of Penny, OPL librarians said that “extraordinarily popular” crime writer’s foray into state crime, co-written with the former U.S. secretary of state and presidential candidate, has “garnered a huge following” while her previous title came in second. Good’s novel, published in 2020, made the 2021 list “as residential schools stay in the news for the saddest of reasons,” the librarians said,” while El Akkad’s Giller Prize-winner “speaks of the plight of refugees, another reflection of current events.” Toew’s Fight Night features her “trademark humour and pathos” while Audrain’s The Push is  a “gripping psychological drama,” the librarians said, noting both Canadian authors have “refreshing views on motherhood.” Lawson, meanwhile, returns readers to Northern Ontario with another “captivating family drama.” Advertisement This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. For teens, Leigh Bardugo, the author of the number one title on the list, had several titles from different series among the Top 20 titles, while Angeline Boulley’s young adult thriller about an Indigenous teen who must root out the corruption in her community lands in second place. Top 10 — Teens in English Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao Hunting by Stars by Cherie Dimaline Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Barnes The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong Lore by Alexandra Bracken For kids, eight titles in the Top 10 are part of an ongoing series, the librarians note, “which speaks to the popularity of series for kids,” while six are in the fantasy genre. Meant for older readers, Jeff Kinney’s Big Shot in the top spot is among the entries that are “highly illustrated giving the feel of graphic novels.” Top 10 — Children in English Big Shot by Jeff Kinney Christmas Pig by J.K. Rowling Howl of the Wind Dragon by Tracey West Keepers of the Empire by Geronimo Stilton Bo and the Merbaby by Rebecca Elliott Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan Dangerous Gift by Tui Sutherland Like Father, Like Son by James Patterson Spy School at Sea by Stuart Gibbs Truly Tyler by Terri Libenson Visit the Ottawa Public Library online for the Top 10 titles in French . Ottawa Citizen Headline News Sign up to receive daily headline news from Ottawa Citizen, a division of Postmedia Network Inc. By clicking on the sign up button you consent to receive the above newsletter from Postmedia Network Inc. You may unsubscribe any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of our emails. Postmedia Network Inc. | 365 Bloor Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3L4 | 416-383-2300 Read More

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