Reading is always at the top of most people’s new year’s resolutions list, and for good reason!
If it weren’t for reading we’d be more akin to our hunter gatherer ancestors than in the midst of planning a space odyssey to Mars in the near future.
Reading has the power to make people smart–both cognitively and emotionally. It can connect us with our peers through book clubs, teach us a recipe from our favourite chef or grandma and it can even catch us up on the local news via Victoria Buzz.
2022 is over now and lots of Victorians are likely looking back with 20/20 hindsight, wishing they’d set aside more time for reading the best of the best books.
If you want to find some of Vancouver Island’s favourite page-turners of last year you are in luck!
Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) has released a list of their most checked-out books in 2022:
VIRL’s top 10 adult fiction
- The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny
- Better Off Dead by Lee Child and Andrew Child
- State of Terror: A Novel by Louise Penny and Hillary Rodham Clinton
- Five Little Indians by Michelle Good
- The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
- The Dark Hours by Michael Connelly
- The Judge’s List by John Grisham
- The Match by Harlan Coben
- One Step Too Far: A Novel by Lisa Gardner
- Dream Town by David Baldacci
VIRL’s top 10 young adult reads
- The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
- The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
- Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
- Hunting by Stars by Cherie Dimaline
- The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
- Heartstopper. Volume 1 by Alice Oseman
- The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Barnes
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Heartstopper. Volume 3 by Alice Oseman
VIRL’s top 10 children’s books
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot by Jeff Kinney
- Peppa Pig and the Earth Day Adventure
- Dog Man. Mothering Heights. By Dave Pilkey
- Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-a-Lot by Dave Pilkey
- Dog Man. Fetch-22. By Dave Pilkey
- Dog Man. Grime and Punishment. By Dave Pilkey
- Dog Man. For Whom the Ball Rolls by Dave Pilkey
- Think Big! By Robert Munsch
- An Elephant & Piggie Biggie! Volume 4 by Moe Willems
- The Hospital Dog by Julie Donaldson
What was your number one book of 2022? Let us know in the comments!