What Did Toronto Read and Watch in 2016?

December 19, 2016 | Media Relations

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Toronto Public Library announces the year’s most popular books and DVDs

Every year, Torontonians borrow about 32 million print and downloadable items. This year, Toronto Public Library (TPL) is releasing a list of the year’s most popular materials (print books, ebooks and DVDS), providing an interesting glimpse into our city’s reading and viewing habits.

Most Popular Print Books

The 10 most popular adult English print books of 2016, based on total holds placed, are:

The Nest Do not say we have nothing The couple next door When breath becomes air A Great Reckoning The best kind of people The wonder The widow The whistler The Illegal

Check out the 100 most popular print books


Most Popular Ebooks

The 5 most popular fiction and 5 most popular non-fiction ebooks of 2016, based on a combination of holds, circulation and number of copies purchased, are: 

The Nest Do not say we have nothing Harry Potter and the cursed child. Parts one and two The widow The whistler The girl with the lower back tattoo When breath becomes air Hillbilly elegy  a memoir of a family and culture in crisis Spark joy an illustrated master class on the art of organizing and tidying up The undoing project  a friendship that changed our minds


Most Popular DVDs

The 10 most popular DVDs of 2016, based on total holds placed, are:

Game of Thrones. The complete fifth season Spotlight The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Brooklyn The intern Sicario The Martian (DVD) Bridge of Spies Mission Impossible Rogue Nation  Downton Abbey. Season 6

Check out the 100 most popular DVDs.  

A list of the 500 most popular print books is also available upon request by emailing media@torontopubliclibrary.ca. The list is sortable by Canadian content, fiction and non-fiction.


Toronto Public Library

Toronto Public Library is the world's busiest urban public library system. Last year, we had 18 million visits to our branches and 31 million virtual visits. Torontonians borrowed 32 million items in branches and online. To learn more, visit tpl.ca, call Answerline at 416-393-7131 or follow us on Twitter @torontolibrary.


Media Contact:
Sumaiya Ahmed
Toronto Public Library