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What Are You Reading, Canada?

2013 December 10
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I belong to a book club where we do a roll call to see what everyone is reading.  I am always interested to know what other people are reading or waiting to read- but just knowing what is popular in Ohio or the whole United States no longer satisfies my curiosity.  I want to know what teens are reading all over the world.

Canada has a population of 34,000,000 people. Toronto is the largest city with 6,000,000 people but it is not the capital. Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec form the National Capital Region. (Canada)

The Canadian best seller list includes some titles that popular here in the United States like House Of Hades by Rick Riordan, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and Divergent by Veronica Roth. (TheGlobeandTheMail) Canada’s best seller lists are divided into Juvenile, Adult and Canadian only.  Canada has inspired many famous teen book authors such as Gordon Korman who wrote The Hypnotists, Cory Doctorow who wrote Pirate Cinema (nominated for the 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults list), Graham McNamee who wrote Beyond; a Ghost Story. (Authors)

Which makes me wonder: what are all of them reading?

Thank you to Norma of the Toronto Public Library who has the answers.

  • “What are the most popular titles for teens at your library right now?

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky,  The Fault In Our Stars and 15723988Looking For Alaska by John Green, Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth, The Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Matched series by Allyson Condie,  The Maze Runner series by James Dashner, The Dark Rising series by Kelley Armstrong (Fun Fact – Kelley Armstrong was born in Canada and calls Sudbury, Ontario home),  The Lying Game and Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs and  The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen.

  • What genres are most popular with your library’s teens?

Dystopian, some paranormal, and contemporary fiction is seeing increased interest

  • In your teen collection, what languages do you carry?

English and French

  • Do your teens prefer to read print novels or ebooks?

Hard to say definitively but I’d say print.

I hope to learn and share about teen reading around the world.  If you or someone you know lives overseas and works as a teacher or librarian with teens, please message me so I can  do a post about the country they live in.  To learn more about what other teens are reading, check out my previous posts in this series, like  What Are You Reading, Russia? and What Are You Reading, Ukraine?

- Laura C. Perenic, currently reading Crash Into You by Katie McGarry (author of Pushing the Limits, a 2013 Teens Top Ten winner)

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2 Responses leave one →
  1. Amanda permalink
    December 10, 2013

    I am a librarian in northern Ontario, and read The Hub almost every day. It is one of my absolute favourite resources for staying up to date on trends and happenings in YA.

    At my library system, we recently ran a report to see which books circulated most in 2013.

    From our YA collection, the most popular books were:
    1. Catching Fire (Suzanne Collins)
    2. Mockingjay (Suzanne Collins)
    3. The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
    4. Insurgent (Veronica Roth)
    5. Jellicoe Road (Melina Marchetta)
    6. Under the Never Sky (Veronica Rossi)
    7. The Fault in Our Stars (John Green)
    8. The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)

    So they are quite similar to what was reported from the Toronto Public Library. The biggest difference is Jellicoe Road, which is likely on the list because I defended Jellicoe Road on a summer battle of the books radio competition, in which five panelists selected one book that everyone in the county should read. So although it is on the list (which I think is awesome), it was likely read by more adults than young adults.

  2. Laura Perenic permalink
    December 10, 2013

    Thank you for the update, I know just picking one major city in all of Canada might not be representative of an entire nations reading habits. It is really fun to see all the similarities and differences.

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