Library names region’s most checked-out books

The Thompson-Nicola Regional Library has listed its top 10 most checked-out adult books of 2019.

The list was generated by looking at the top checkouts across all of the regional district’s libraries.

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1. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

This memoir tells the story of the American author’s experience of self-education growing up in an isolated survivalist family in Idaho. Indigo called it the best book of 2018.

2. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

A coming-of-age murder mystery set in the coastal marshes of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The book topped The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers list for 27 non-consecutive weeks.

3. Becoming by Michelle Obama

The First Lady’s memoir goes to the roots of her life and how she found her voice, as well as her time in the White House. The book was the second-best-selling debut for any book in 2018.

4. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Canadian novelist Esi Edugyan’s 2018 novel follows the early life of George Washington “Wash” Black, who escapes slavery. The book received the Giller Prize and shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

5. Past Tense by Lee Child

Part of the Jack Reacher series by best-selling British author Lee Child, Past Tense tells the story of Jack Reacher’s past and was released in 2018.

6. The Midnight Line by Lee Child

The 22nd book in the Jack Reacher series from British author Lee Child. The book precedes Past Tense, and is the third-newest Jack Reacher book.

7. Starlight by Richard Wagamese

The final novel from Richard Wagamese, who was a Kamloops resident when he died in 2017. Starlight was published posthumously and was unfinished. The book is a sequel to 2014’s Medicine Walk.

8. The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

A historical novel from 2017 inspired by real events that brings together a female spy in France and an American socialite in the chaotic aftermath of the Second World War.

9. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

A 2018 mystery novel set 10 years after 15-year-old Ellie disappeared by British author Lisa Jewell.

10. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

New Zealand author Heather Morris’ 2018 novel is set in the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1942, telling the story of Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew.

To request a book on this list, go online to the Thompson-Nicola Regional Library’s website at

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