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Thrillers dominate the Toronto Public Library’s most-borrowed books of 2018 list, but an unexpected favourite is #1 … again


A perennial favourite has topped the Toronto Public Library’s list of the most-borrowed books of 2018: The Official MTO Driver’s Handbook. The essential guide was borrowed 4,665 times in 2018 (as of Dec. 10).

“It’s an open secret that the Ontario Ministry of Transport’s Driver’s Handbook is the most-borrowed book pretty much every year,” TPL digital content lead Wendy Banks wrote in a blog post about the results. “We think it shows that we’re useful to young people, newcomers, and all kinds of folks who are looking to develop their life skills.”

Only one other title in the top 10 fell outside the mystery/thriller category: Michael Wolff’s political reportage Fire & Fury. Five-hundred holds were placed for the buzzy exposé of life within the Trump White House the day it was released in January, outpacing every other library system TPL could find, including those in New York City and Washington, D.C.

Blockbuster mysteries and thrillers comprised the rest of the top 10: Dan Brown’s Origin (#2), Michael Redhill’s Bellevue Square (#3), John Grisham’s The Rooster Bar (#4), Paula Hawkins’s Into The Water (#6), Linwood Barclay’s Parting Shot (#7), Michael Connelly’s The Late Show (#8), Louise Penny’s Glass Houses (#9), and Grisham’s Camino Island (#10).

TPL also announced its lists for Young Adult and Children’s titles. John Green’s Turtles All The Way Down and Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar were the two most borrowed books in their respective categories.

Toronto Public Library’s top 10 most-borrowed books of 2018 are:

1. Official MTO Driver’s Handbook (4,665)
2. Origin, by Dan Brown (4,120)
3. Bellevue Square, by Michael Redhill (4,033)
4. 
The Rooster Bar, by John Grisham (3,640)
5. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, by Michael Wolff (3,547)
6. 
Into the Water, by Paula Hawkins (3,289)
7. Parting Shot, by Linwood Barclay (3,189)
8. The Late Show, by Michael Connelly (3,169)
9. Glass Houses, by Louise Penny (3,058)
10. Camino Island, by John Grisham (3,055)