Wondering what everyone was reading during the year of the coronavirus pandemic?
The Vancouver Public Library (VPL) has released its list of the most borrowed books (broken down into adult, teen and kids' categories). For teens and adults, one theme dominated the others.
"We saw big themes such as racial injustice and anti-racism rise to the top of the lists as readers looked to understand the world around them. Even in the midst of a pandemic, these books are continuing to fly off our shelves and the demand for digital copies is at an all-time high," the library states on its website.
For adults, books about race were most popular, but fictional works that have become TV shows and works relating to feminism were also popular topics.
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell
- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
- Becoming by Michelle Obama
- The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
- The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
- Blue Moon by Lee Child
- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
- Normal People by Sally Rooney
In teen literature, the "Hunger Games" series remain popular, as do works by authors who've had their books turned into films. Again, race was also a top topic, along with other social issues.
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
- The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
- Funny, You Don't Look Autistic by Michael McCreary
- Reverie by Ryan La Sala
- Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
- Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer
In the kids' category, the "Harry Potter" and "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series remained dominant in the top 10. Outside of that, these books were popular:
- Wonder by R.J. Palacio
- The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
- "The Trials of Apollo" Series by Rick Riordan
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
- New Kid by Jerry Craft
- Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell