What Toronto Read in 2022 : Adult Books
Toronto, you spent a lot of time on #BookTok this year! There have always been communities of readers online, but nothing like the current phenomenon happening on TikTok. The video app created strong demand for trending titles and authors this past year, with Colleen Hoover being the best example. In our list of the most popular books from 2022 – based on print and digital circulation, plus active holds – at least four of the ten titles have also been huge on #BookTok during that time.
There was also more demand for romance and mysteries this year, while fewer literary titles placed in the top ten. Perhaps readers needed an escape from reality after a couple of exhausting years and sought comfort in books that offered some relief from current events.
Here are the most popular books of 2022.
1. The Maid by Nita Prose
Readers fell in love with Molly, a meticulous maid at the Regency Grand Hotel and main character in the debut novel from Nita Prose. When Molly discovers the body of a murdered guest, she becomes the centre of the police investigation and must clear her name. Filled with the charm and smarts of a vintage Agatha Christie mystery, it is no surprise that The Maid was our most borrowed book this year. A film adaptation starring Florence Pugh is already in the works.
2. Atomic Habits by James Clear
Pardon the pun, but Torontonians reading this book has become, well, habitual. This book, about reshaping and transforming your habits with the aim of self-improvement, was also one of our most borrowed books of 2020.
3. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Taylor Jenkins Reid has had a string of popular books – Carrie Soto is Back, Malibu Rising, Daisy Jones and the Six – but it is her 2017 novel about an aging starlet with a complicated past that rode the #BookTok wave this past year. This is the first time the book has been in our top ten list of most popular titles.
@katiiemcdougall this is one of the best books I’ve ever read🥺🥺. #booktok #books #booklover #thesevenhusbandsofevelynhugo #readingvlog #sadbooks ♬ happier x happier - Arthur
4. The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
Stories that combine mystery/suspense with domestic drama definitely had a moment in 2022 with no better example than The Last Thing He Told Me. In this book, a wife goes searching for her missing husband who disappears as the FBI is investigating the tech company he works for, all while trying to connect with her step-daughter.
5. The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley
Lucy Foley’s The Guest List placed #7 on last year’s list and her latest book has proven to be even more popular! Her latest thriller is about Jess, a woman who moves to Paris to live with her half-brother, only to find that Ben is not there and his neighbours have no idea where he might be.
6. It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
Honestly, it was a little surprising that there was only one Colleen Hoover book in the top ten this year and that it wasn’t higher up the list! Readers have been clamouring for her books, which combine romance with heavier subjects. Get ready for all the feels and make sure to have some tissues nearby.
@charleys.chapters they just go so well together... #colleenhoover #colleenhooverbooks #itendswithus #oliviarodrigo #favouritecrime #sour #booktok #foryoupage #books ♬ original sound - Erik
7. Bridgerton Collection, Volume 1 by Julia Quinn
The second season of the Bridgerton series on Netflix helped keep this collection in the top ten for the second-straight year. The second title in the collection, The Viscount Who Loved Me, was the basis for the most recent season. If the third season gets released in 2023, expect a Bridgerton three-peat.
@ebie.reads Might have a problem buying Bridgerton books #bridgerton #bridgertonbook #bookish #booklovers #booktok #bookworm #juliaquinn ♬ original sound - TheNeedleTok
8. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Three-peats are nothing for Where the Crawdads Sing, which has now been on this list four years in a row! The film adaptation from this past year helped to keep this book flying out of library branches yet again.
@kayleereadsbooks #greenscreen #WeStickTogether #MickeyFriendsStayTrue #booktok #readersoftiktok #fyp #readersgonnaread #fypシ #foryou #reading #books #bookish #bookclub #bookworm #wherethecrawdadssing #taylorswift #marshgirl ♬ Carolina - From The Motion Picture “Where The Crawdads Sing” - Taylor Swift
9. Book Lovers by Emily Henry
Books about books were trendy in 2022, led by the rom-com Book Lovers. This enemies-to-lovers contemporary romance plays into all the tropes of the genre as a literary agent moves to a small town for a month in the hopes of sparking change.
10. Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
It wasn’t a big year for literary fiction, but Anthony Doerr’s follow-up to the Pulitzer winner All the Light We Cannot See awed readers with its tale of an ancient Greek text that connects five different readers across multiple centuries. We told you books about books were trendy!