Bandersnatch and An Imperial Affliction: Imaginary Books We'd Like to Read

January 14, 2019 | Wendy

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Have you seen Bandersnatch? The innovative Black Mirror episode included a choose-your-own-adventure book that was also called Bandersnatch. Apparently, fans across the UK have been searching their local libraries for the title. So we took a look, and it turns out that several Toronto readers have done the same. Unfortunately,...

Staff Favourites, 2018: Fiction #3

January 9, 2019 | M. Elwood

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Every year we ask our staff to select their favourite books of the year and share the list in a series of blog posts. This is the third post celebrating the fiction we loved in 2018. Ordinary Strangers by Bill Stenson See all formats The Perfume Burned His Eyes by...

What to do with no WiFi?

January 4, 2019 | Lynn

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This past New Year's Day on Doctor Who (spoilers ahead) all of the UK lost it's power, but more importantly it's WiFi and the characters were baffled. The mother suggested that the family would have to hold an actual conversation to which the children replied "What?!" To lose my internet...

Valerie's Picks for Winter/Spring 2019

January 3, 2019 | Wendy

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Valerie has every book-lover's dream job: she coordinates the selection of print books for adults at Toronto Public Library. In other words, she and her team of selectors investigate nearly every book that we order. So when we want to know what new books to get excited about, we know...

Join our 2019 Reading Challenge!

January 2, 2019 | Book Buzz

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Welcome to the Toronto Public Library Reading Challenge for 2019. Want to read more? Try new authors and genres? Learn new things? This challenge is for you! Join the challenge From January 3, 2019 to December 31, 2019, we’re challenging you to read widely. To complete the challenge, you need...

Staff Favourites, 2018: Fiction #2

December 27, 2018 | M. Elwood

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Every year we ask our staff to select their favourite books of the year and share the list in a series of blog posts. These are more of the fiction we loved in 2018, including 2 books with a lighthouse on the cover. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah See...

Staff Favourites, 2018: Fiction #1

December 21, 2018 | M. Elwood

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Every year we ask our staff to select their favourite books of the year and share the list in a series of blog posts. These are 10 of our favourite novels. Any Man by Amber Tamblyn See all formats Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate See all formats Bonfire...

Best of 2018 from the #TOpicks Team

December 11, 2018 | Book Buzz

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We’re nearing the end of 2018, and all the year-end booklists are out. Our four new Twitter librarians present their favourite books, music and movies of 2018 – and they’re ready to discuss them with you! Brendon's Picks These are the titles which left me awestruck this year. All these...

What Toronto Read in 2018

December 11, 2018 | Wendy

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Toronto Public Library's Top 10 most-borrowed books of 2018: Official MTO Driver’s Handbook: borrowed 4,665 times so far in 2018* Origin by Dan Brown: 4,120 Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill: 4,033 The Rooster Bar by John Grisham: 3,640 Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff: 3,547...

Best Cookbooks of 2018: Critics Picks

December 5, 2018 | M. Elwood

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For the past few weeks I have been obsessively studying online lists from newspapers, magazines and food bloggers to figure out which cookbooks appear most often on Best of 2018 lists. It turns out that the favourite cookbook by a landslide is Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi which was selected...