Our Top Reads of 2021

This past year has certainly not been the easiest, but our fingers are crossed that the New Year will bring lots of peace, happiness, and exciting new reads. Our library customers have borrowed A LOT of books this year, and the diversity of their reading interests is reflected in our top reads of the year.

From international thrillers and wartime mysteries to advice for self-improvement and in-depth reflections from well-known Canadians, these are WPL’s top 10 most-borrowed books of 2021.


  1. State of Terror by Hillary Rodham Clinton & Louise Penny
  2. The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
  3. The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
  4. Fight Night by Miriam Toews
  5. The Push by Ashley Audrain
  1. Find You First by Linwood Barclay
  2. A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson
  3. The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles
  4. The Apollo Murders by Chris Hadfield
  5. Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Non Fiction

  1. The Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell
  2. Indian in the Cabinet by Jody Wilson-Raybould
  3. Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe
  4. Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard
  5. Keep Sharp by Sanjay Gupta, MD
  1. World Travel by Anthony Bourdain & Laurie Woolever
  2. If I Knew Then by Jann Arden
  3. Value(s) by Mark Carney
  4. Between Two Kingdoms by Suleika Jaouad
  5. Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess by Dr. Caroline Leaf

To see our top honourable mentions of the year and to place a hold on any of these fantastic reads, visit our website.