2018 was a great year of reading, watching and listening at EPL! Here are some of the top circulating titles from 2018 and some librarians' thoughts on why they were so popular.
Top Adult Fiction
1.The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
The Woman in the Window is a thriller with a film adaptation lined up, following the footsteps of popular titles like Gone Girl and Girl on the Train. It has come to light that the author, Daniel Mallory (writing under the pen name A.J. Finn), has lied about his background, his work in publishing and his family history. There's also a rumour that he may have plagiarised this book as well.
2.The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
Kristin Hannah's previous book, The Nightingale, is an enjoyable read. Following its success, there was high demand for The Great Alone, as the author tackles a completely different genre and setting. While The Nightingale is set in German-occupied France during World War II; The Great Alone is set in Alaska, 1974. Both books have since been picked up for movie deals.
3.Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Crazy Rich Asians, first published in 2013, was well-received by the public, as was the rest of Kevin Kwan's trilogy. Yet, when the novel was adapted to film, the title's popularity soared again. The film boasts the first majority cast of Asian descent in 25 years and was a 2018 blockbuster. It's no wonder that Edmontonians are checking out the book that started it all.
4.The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood is a timeless Canadian author and The Handmaid's Tale is one of her most popular novels. With the popularity of the Hulu television series, it's no surprise that this dystopian novel is one of EPL's most popular print titles.
5.Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
Paula Hawkins' 2014 psychological thriller The Girl on the Train was popular in both novel and film form. Following its success and the news that Hawkins' next book had a film deal before its publication, Into the Water was much anticipated.
Top Adult Non-Fiction
1. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote for Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson
Jordan B. Peterson is a well-known public figure, and an Edmontonian to boot. While some of his opinions can be controversial, all his published works are sought-after. His 12 Rules for Life topped EPL's non-fiction list.
2.The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson
Mark Manson's 2016 book was part of a publishing phenomenon known as "sweary self-help." With a shocking title and a candid approach to self-help, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is a runaway success for those looking for advice on how to enjoy the ups and downs of life.
3. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
Educated by Tara Westover was on President Barack Obama's 2018 Summer Reading List, and for good reason. Westover's memoir is an amazing story of resilience told with uncommon perceptiveness.
4. The Life-changing Magic of Tidying up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō
Marie Kondō's book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, was already successful upon publication in 2015. It continues to grow in popularity as people watch the Netflix show of the same name and ask themselves, "Does this spark joy?"
5. Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
Celebrity comedian and host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah shares his unique story of growing up in apartheid South Africa as a child of a mixed race couple in Born a Crime.
Top Teen Fiction
1.Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Six of Crows is the first book in popular YA author Leigh Bardugo's series of the same name. It has everything you want in a YA fantasy novel: a complex heist, a bit of romance and a lot of action. Six of Crows was a YRCA 2018 Senior Division nominee.
2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Angie Thomas tackles the timely topic of race and police brutality in her debut novel, The Hate U Give. Topping The New York Times YA Bestsellers list, this title also won several noteworthy awards. It was made into a film in 2018, and is one of the 2019 YRCA Senior Division Nominees!
3.Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Even if you don't know John Green, you've likely heard of his books! Turtles All the Way Down is his first novel in 5 years, following the explosive success of The Fault in Our Stars. This novel addresses the topic of mental illness -- an issue Green has stated he struggles with in various interviews and vlogs. With the popularity of John Green novels, it's no surprise that Turtles All the Way Down is also a 2019 YRCA Senior Division Nominee.
4.Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Rainbow Rowell knows how to write heartfelt YA fiction, and Eleanor & Park is no exception. This novel was a Senior Division nominee in the 2016 YRCA.
5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
What happens when you can't check out the latest John Green novel? You get the next best thing! The Fault in Our Stars was first published in 2012 and it received critical acclaim. It also spawned a 2014 film adaptation featuring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort.