The Toronto Public Library did some number crunching as 2017 comes to an end to learn more about what books Torontonians are reading.
Compiling the numbers of what books people across the city borrowed most this year, the TPL found some pretty cool data and used it to create this literary topographic map.
Inspired by a worldwide literary map someone created and shared on Reddit, the TPL focused on the Toronto, Scarborough and Etobicoke readership to determine what people were reading.
The map features covers of the most popular books for each region, making the map a work of art in and of itself.
The overall findings seem to suggest that Torontonians are major thriller fans and that most high school students are opting to borrow classic texts from the library for their studies.
So what's the number 1 borrowed book in all of the 6ix? Madeleine Thien’s Do Not Say We Have Nothing, which won the 2016 Giller Prize. The book was popular right through the middle regions of the city, earning it the most popular book of the year spot.
Other popular reads include Shari Lapeña’s thriller The Couple Next Door which was loved by library users of Etobicoke.
Page-turners like The Girl on the Train, The Whistler and The Wrong Side of Goodbye were also popular in East York and Scarborough.
Here are each of the books presented in the map from left to right and top to bottom are:
Happy reading, Toronto!
Source: The Star