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Ottawa’s most requested books in 2018: Adult reads

By Jessica Green on January 8, 2019

Jessica Green is a book addict and library card holder since the age of 3. She’s a librarian at the Ottawa Public Library and Apt613’s Librarian-in-Residence.

Here is part two of Ottawa’s most requested books from the Ottawa Public Library. This post contains the most currently requested adult titles, which includes fiction, mystery, non-fiction and graphic novels.

Adult Fiction

1. Washington Black: A NovelEsi Edugyan
2. The Clockmaker’s DaughterKate Morton
3. Kingdom of AshLiane Moriarty
4. TranscriptionKate Atkinson
5. Women Talking: A NovelMiriam Toews
6. Crazy Rich AsiansKevin Kwan
7. The Tattooist of Auschwitz: A NovelHeather Morris
8. WarlightMichael Ondaatje
9. The Alice NetworkKate Quinn
10. French Exit: A Tragedy of MannersPatrick DeWitt

There are several Canadian authors in this list, which is fantastic as we’re very good at supporting our homegrown talent. Of course, after winning the Giller Prize, Washington Black is number one, but there are other excellent stories here.

I am very pleased to see Crazy Rich Asians on the list, as it was one of my favourites when it first came out in 2013, and now has extra popularity due to the recent movie.

Adult Mystery

1. Kingdom of the Blind Louise Penny
2. Dark Sacred NightMichael Connelly
3. Past TenseLee Child
4. In a House of LiesIan Rankin
5. Long Road to MercyDavid Baldacci
6. Careless LovePeter Robinson
7. Lethal WhiteRobert Galbraith
8. Target, Alex CrossJames Patterson
9. The Witch ElmTana French
10. I Know You Know: A NovelGilly MacMillan

There is nothing really surprising about this list as each author is well established in the mystery genre, and most of these titles are from well established series, with a few standalones.

The new Louise Penny is going to be the big read of the holidays!

Adult Non-Fiction

1. Educated: A MemoirTara Westover
2. BecomingMichelle Obama
3. Fear: Trump in the White HouseBob Woodward
4. Forgiveness : A Gift from My GrandparentsMark Sakamoto
5. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good lifeMark Manson
6. Sapiens: A Brief History of HumankindYuval N. Harari
7. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White HouseMichael Wolff
8. 12 Rules For Life: An Antidote to ChaosJordan Peterson
9. All Things Consoled: A Daughter’s StoryElizabeth Hay
10. How to Instant Pot: Mastering All the Functions of the One Pot That Will Change the Way You CookDaniel Shumski

This is a really interesting list made of many different subjects.

We have some political reads, the winner of CBC’s Canada Reads 2018, three memoirs, a book describing the history of Homo Sapiens, two books about living a better life, and an Instant Pot cookbook.

It’s a wonderful mix of subjects, with something for everyone.

Graphic Novels

1. SabrinaNick Drnaso
2. Saga: Volume NineFiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan
3. The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical StoryMarie Kondo
4. Woman WorldAminder Dhaliwal
5. The Sandman Volume 1: Preludes and NocturnesNeil Gaiman
6. SStar Wars Volume 7: The Ashes of JedhaKieron Gillen
7. Likely StoriesNeil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham
8. A Study in EmeraldNeil Gaiman and Rafael Alburquerque
9. Batman Volume 7: The WeddingTom King
10. The DC Universe by Neil GaimanNeil Gaiman

The big trend in adult graphic novels was anything by Neil Gaiman, as he’s on the list four times, but the Sandman entry was a surprise to me.

Despite being an older title, The Sandman’s universe is going to be expanded, so folks are trying to get caught up. Saga remains one of the greatest ongoing titles in comics today. And we have still some escapism with Batman, Star Wars and other DC comics.

I have not yet read Woman World or Sabrina, but they’re fitting titles for this year of #metoo and “fake news.”

That wraps up the top picks as chosen by you, the public, at your local library. Don’t forget, membership is free and gives you access to all these picks and so much more. We’re looking forward to seeing you visit soon!

Check out the first half of Ottawa’s Most Requested Books: Teen Fiction and Children’s Books.