Our Volunteer’s Favourites

The Most Circulated Fiction of 2021 So Far………

  1. The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue
  2. Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
  3. The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
  4. The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
  5. The Missing Sister by Lucinda Riley
  6. The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted by Robert Hillman
  7. The Sea Gate by Jane Johnson
  8. The Huntress by Kate Quinn
  9. Greenwood by Michael Christie
  10. Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
  11. The Spoon Stealer by Lesley Crewe
  12. The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel
  13. Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout
  14. A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson
  15. The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
  16. Ridgerunner by Gil Adamson
  17. The Overstory by Richard Powers
  18. A Strange Scottish Shore by Juliana Gray
  19. The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett
  20. Trickster Drift by Eden Robinson

Lois recommends . . . 

  •  Unravelling Canada by Sylvia Olsen
  • Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout
  • A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson
  • Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga
  • Dutch House by Ann Patchett
  • Sea Wife by Amity Gaige
  • Greenwood by Michael Christy
  • Simon the Fiddler by Paulette Jiles
  • The Heaviness of Things that Float by Jennifer Manuel
  • Less by Andrew Sean Greer Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan
  • Ridgerunner by Gil Adamson
  • Late Migrations by Margaret Renkl
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  • Bookshop of the Broken Hearted by Robert Hilman
  • The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
  •  The Wild Heavens by Sarah Louise Butler
  • (The Overstory and Mistress of Nothing are listed on my previous list as a books we don’t have but we have them now. What a great library!
  • Michelle’s Favorite Books. . . 
  • Moloka’i by Alan Brennert
  • Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden
  • Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
  • In Falling Snow by Mary-Rose MacColl
  • The Kashmir Shawl by Rosie Thomas
  • Wildflower Hill by Kimberley Freeman
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  • Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill
  • Kit’s Law by Donna Morrissey
  • The Birth House by Ami McKay
  • The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich
  • Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb
  • Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce
  • Understanding Ken by Pete McCormack
  • The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman
  • The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
  • The Way the Crow Flies by Ann Marie MacDonald
  • Up and Down by Terry Fallis
  • The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
  • Far From Botany Bay by Rosa Jordan
  • The Sea Captain’s Wife by Beth Powning
  • Where The Crawdads by Sing by Delia Owens
  • The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland
  • Ascension by Steven Galloway
  • The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley
  • The Horn of a Lamb by Robert Sedlack

Lois’s Favourite Books. . . 

  • The Innocents by Michael Crummey
  • Sweetland by Michael Crummey
  • The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya
  • Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
  • Ragged Company by Richard Wagamese
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • Stormy Weather by Paulette Jiles
  • News of the World by Paulette Jiles
  • The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
  • Annabel by Kathleen Winter
  • Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
  • Cool Water by Dianne Warren
  • Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
  • Treading Water by Anne DeGrace
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Bells by Richard Harvell
  • Open Secret by Daryl Collier (Creston Mystery)
  • The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
  • No Time to Say Goodbye by Sylvia Olsen (residential schools)
  • Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
  • Far from Botany Bay by Rosa Jordan
  • Cutting for Stone by A. Verghese
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • The Outlander by Gil Adamson (The Ridgerunner is just published!)
  • And the Birds Rained Down by Jocelyne Saucier


  • Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
  • The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King
  • How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free by Ernie J. Zelinski

Favourite Books SCL Doesn’t Have

  • The Overstory b Richard Powers
  • Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger
  • Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey (NF)

Kathy’s Favourites. . . 

  • NON-FICTION:  PAYBACK, Margaret Atwood;  SAPIENS, Yuval Harari;  THE BAD-ASS LIBRARIANS OF TIMBUKTU, historical account by Joshua Hammer;  EDUCATED, memoir by Tara Westover
  • FICTION:  AMERICAN DIRT,  Jeanine Cummins; THE TOSS OF A LEMON, Padma Viswanathan;  THE BEES, Laline Paull
  • HUMOUR:  anything by Terry Fallis
  • QUIRKY:  the Charlaine Harris mystery series on vampires and other “supes”.
  • ROMANCE:  The Seven Sisters series by Lucinda Riley

Liz Likes. . . 

  • Power of One   Bryce Courtney
  • War Cry             Wilbur Smith
  • The Tomorrow Series,,  John Marsden
  • Giver of Stars      Jojo Moyers
  • Daughter of Moloka’i     Alan Brennert
  • When bad things Happen to Good Quilters    Joan Ford
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Healing Plan       Caitlin Samson
  • On the Line History of B.C Labour Movement    Rod Mickleburgh

Phyllis’ Favourites. . . 

  • So Much for That……Lionel Shriver (didn’t like her other books though)
  • Children of my Heart…..Gabrielle Roy
  • The Linnet Bird….Linda Holeman (her other books are good too)
  • La Rose….Louise Erdrich
  • The God of Small Things….Arundhati Roy
  • The Promise of Rain…Donna Milne
  • Anne Tyler’s books
  • The Cameron’s…Robert Chrichton
  • Anita Shreve’s books
  • Family Matters….Rohinton Mistry
  • Alexander McCall Smith’s books
  • Barbara Kingsolver’s books
  • Goodnight Nobody….Jennifer Weiner
  • Barbara Erskine’s books
  • Ursula Le Guin’s books
  • Night and Day….Virginia Woolf  (all her books)
  • No Great Mischief….Allister MacLeod
  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog….Muriel Barberry
  • Colours of the Mountain…Da Chin
  • Her Fearful Symmetry….Audry Niffenegger
  • Jeanette Wall’s books
  • Sarah Water’s books
  • Anita Diamen’s books
  • Lark and Termite….Jayne Anne Philips
  • Alan Bradley’s books
  • Louise Penny’s books
  • Kate Grenville’s books
  • Kate Morton’s books
  • A.S.Byatt’s books
  • Longbourn…Jo Baker
  • Wayson Choy’s books
  • Susan Vreeland’s books
  • The Goldfinch…Donna Tartt
  • The Signature of all Things…Elizabeth Gibert
  • The Marriage Bureau for Rich People….Farahad Zama
  • Emma Donoghue’s books
  • Joanne Harris’s books
  • The Rosie Effect and the two sequels…Graeme Simsion
  • Donna Morrisey’s books
  • Susanna Kearsley’s books
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain…Garth Stein
  • Bryce Courtney’s books
  • Unaccustomed Earth…Jhumpa Lahiri
  • The Toss of a Lemon…Padma Viswanathan
  • Sara Gruen’s books
  • Sue Monk Kid’s books
  • Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand…Helen Simonson
  • Mark Haddon’s books (non fiction)
  • The Miniaturist….Jessie Burton
  • Anne Patchett’s books
  • Glory over Everything…Kathleen Grissom
  • Fredrick Backman’s books
  • The Atomic Weight of Love…Elizabeth J Church
  • Educated…Tara Westover
  • The Calligrapher’s Daughter…Eugenia Kim
  • Where the Crawdads Sing…Delia Owens
  • Tracy Chevalier’s books
  • Geraldine Brooks’s books

Donna Likes . . .

  • A Gentleman in Moscow . . . Amor Towles
  • The Break. . . Katherena Vermette
  • The Girl Who Smiled Beads . . . Clemantine Wamariya
  • Becoming . . . Michelle Obama
  • The Dutch House. . . Ann Patchett
  • Bel Canto. . . Ann Patchett
  • People of the Book. . . Geraldine Brooks
  • The Orchardist. . . Amanda Coplin
  • The Winter Vault. . . Anne Michaels
  • The Poisonwood Bible . . . Barbara Kingsolver
  • Becoming Mrs. Lewis . . . Patti Callahan
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan . . . Lisa See
  • Life of Pi . . . Yann Martel
  • A Fine Balance . . . Rohinton Mistry
  • Shantaram . . . Gregory David Roberta
  • Moloka’i . . . Alan Brennert
  • The Ministry of Utmost Happiness . . . Arundhati Roy
  • All My Puny Sorrows . . . Miriam Toews
  • All the Light We Cannot See . . . Anthony Doerr

Anne’s Favourites . . . 

  • The Great Alone-Kristin Hannah
  • Homefront-Kristin Hannah
  • The Little House of Found Things and the sequel, Secrets of the Chocolate House- Paula Brackston
  • The Huntress- Kate Quinn
  • Shock Doctrine-Naomi Klein
  • The Light over London-Julia Kelly
  • The Au Pair- Emma Rous
  • Up and Down-Terry Fallis
  • Joyner’s Dream-Sylvia Tyson
  • The Guest Room-Chris Bohjalian Butterly
  • Girl-Rene Denfield