Top Books + The VPL Roof Garden

As we near the end of the year, CBC has partnered with the Public Library to reveal Vancouver’s most-borrowed Adult and YA books of 2018.

Adult Fiction, Print

  1. The Death of Mrs. Westaway, Ruth Ware
  2. All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
  3. Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Kwan
  4. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
  5. Indian Horse, Richard Wagamese
  6. Call Me by Your Name, Andre Aciman
  7. Rather be the Devil, Ian Rankin
  8. Still Life, Louise Penny
  9. Ready Player One, Ernest Cline
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

Adult Fiction, E Books

  1. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
  2. Origin, Dan Brown
  3. The Rooster Bar, John Grisham
  4. Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Kwan
  5. Camino Island, John Grisham
  6. Two Kinds of Truth, Michael Connelly
  7. Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng
  8. The Late Show, Michael Connelly
  9. Glass Houses, Louise Penny
  10. Rich People Problems, Kevin Kwan

Non-Fiction, Print

  1. Thinking Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman
  2. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, Susan Cain
  3. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, Charles Duhigg
  4. What Color is Your Parachute, Richard Nelson Bolles
  5. How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie
  6. The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America, Thomas King
  7. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead, Brene Brown
  8. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Restoring the Character Ethic, Stephen R. Covey
  9. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Carol S. Dweck
  10. Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell

Non-Fiction, E Books

  1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, Marie Kondo
  2. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, Michael Wolff
  3. When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi
  4. The Subtle Art of not Giving a F**k (unabridged), Mark Manson
  5. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval N. Harari
  6. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House (unabridged), Michael Wolff
  7. The Subtle Art of not Giving a F**k, Mark Manson
  8. Educated: A Memoir, Tara Westover
  9. Born a Crime, Trevor Noah
  10. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, Jordan B. Peterson

Young Adult, Fiction Print

  1. Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell
  2. The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
  3. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
  4. The Outsiders, S. E. Hinton
  5. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
  6. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
  7. Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher
  8. The Maze Runner, James Dashner
  9. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, Sherman Alexie
  10. The Giver, Lois Lowry

Young Adult Fiction, E Book

  1. Turtles all the Way Down, John Green
  2. The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas
  3. The Girl with the Red Balloon, Katherine Locke
  4. The Marrow Thieves, Cherie Dimaline
  5. La Belle Sauvage, Phillip Pullman
  6. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
  7. A Court of Mist and Fury, Sarah J. Maas
  8. Empire of Storms, Sarah J. Maas
  9. Tower of Dawn, Sarah J. Maas
  10. Throne of Glass, Sarah J. Maas

If the weather is cooperating, bundle up and take your borrowed book onto the 9th floor VPL Rooftop Garden. The Philips, Hager and North Garden – named after ‘ visionary city-builders, businessmen and philanthropists, who have contributed to Vancouver through their numerous charitable pursuits’ – officially opened in September of this year.

The 16,800 ftroof garden was designed by legendary landscape architect, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander. To get to the rooftop, you’ll walk through a light-filled, new interior space from the VPL’s original architects, Moshe Safdie & Associates and their local partners, DA Architects.


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To 2019

Elizabeth Newton

Elizabeth Newton