Check outs at the Courtenay Library was one of three libraries in the Valley which accounted toward the top 10 most read books in 2019. Black Press file photo

Crime novels, self-improvement books top list for readers in the Valley in 2019

Detective/crime fiction author Michael Connelly made the list twice.

Readers in the Comox Valley like a good mystery.

That’s according to the Vancouver Island Regional Library’s list of top 10 (physical) books checked out from branches within the Comox Valley in 2019.

Detective/crime fiction author Michael Connelly made the list twice – taking the number one spot for his book Dark Sacred Night and the number 10 spot for Two Kinds of Truth.

The top 10 physical books are:

1. Dark Sacred Night, Michael Connelly

2. Kingdom of the Blind, Louise Penny

3. In a House of Lies, Ian Rankin

4. Washington Black, Esi Edugyan

5. The Great Alone, Kristin Hannah

6. Women Talking, Miriam Toews

7. Long Road to Mercy, David Baldacci

8. A Spark of Light, Jodi Picoult

9. The Midnight Line, Lee Child

10. Two Kinds of Truth, Michael Connelly

As for ebooks and audiobooks, Valley readers looked for a dose of reality, as the number one read book was Mark Manson’s bestseller The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck.

Readers were also drawn to other self-improvement books, as Rachel Hollis’s Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be also cracked the top five.

The top 10 ebooks and audiobooks are:

1. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life, Mark Manson

2. The Alice Network, Kate Quinn

3. Where the Crawdads Sing, Dalia Owens

4. Kingdom of the Blind: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache Series, Book 14, Louise Penny

5. Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be (unabridged), Rachel Hollis

6. Becoming, Michelle Obama

7. Small Wars: A Jack Reacher Story, Lee Child

8. 15th Affair: Women’s Murder Club Series, Book 15, James Patterson

9. Cleaning the Gold: A Jack Reacher and Will Trent Short Story, Karin Slaughter and Lee Child

10. Steeped in Love: Make Me a Match Series, Book 1, Julie Evelyn

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