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Kobo Book Report: What Canadians read in 2017

December 07, 2017

TORONTO, Dec. 7th – With the last chapter of 2017 soon coming to a close, the annual Kobo Book Report once again reveals insightful eReading trends from the past year.

Rakuten Kobo strives to help you fit reading into more parts of your day, including the commute, the wait in the bank lineup or when you want to take a book to lunch.

  • Time of day for most reading is, perhaps predictably, during the morning and evening commute and into the evening hours.
  • Canada’s biggest reading day—when the most people were reading—was June 30th, just ahead of the 150th Canada Day. So, on a long weekend, we eschew parties and barbeques and instead curl up with a book!

Let’s take a peek at what resonated with Canadians this year.

Canada’s top ten bestselling titles this year—those that raked in the most sales:

  1. The Woman in Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware
  2. The Handmaid's Tale – Margaret Atwood
  3. The Silent Wife – Kerry Fisher
  4. Origin – Dan Brown
  5. Pretty Girls – Karin Slaughter
  6. The Girl Before – JP Delaney
  7. The Fix – David Baldacci
  8. Lion – Saroo Brierley
  9. Behind Closed Doors – B. A. Paris
  10. Blink – K.L. Slater

Although Queen of CanLit Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale was originally published in 1985, it enjoyed an impressive resurgence this year due to the TV series of the same name—a testament to how books and TV are interacting to bring great stories to life on screen and in stores.

Canadian Shari Lapena became a household name with her 2016 thriller, The Couple Next Door, skyrocketing her to the top of bestseller lists here at home as well as internationally. This book stood the test of time, with its popularity extending throughout this year.

Additionally, with the release of the film Lion, interest in the eBook of the same name peaked and revived a great read that was published in 2016.

Most Read

But as every booklover knows, buying is one thing, actually reading books is something else. We all have towers of books on our bedside table, or, in our world, lists of books in our Kobo libraries. Here are the books Canadians actually read…

Top ten Most Read books – that is, the books that actually got finished:

  1. Secrets in Death – J. D. Robb
  2. The Right Time – Danielle Steel
  3. The Good Daughter – Karin Slaughter
  4. Y is for Yesterday – Sue Grafton
  5. The Late Show – Michael Connelly
  6. Use of Force – Brad Thor
  7. When the Music's Over – Peter Robinson
  8. Glass Houses – Louise Penny
  9. Rituals – Kelley Armstrong
  10. Come Sundown – Nora Roberts

Three Canadians made our page-turner list; it appears Peter Robinson, Louise Penny and Kelley Armstrong all have the knack to get our adrenaline pumping with thrillers that keep us reading into the night.

Also of interest, Nora Roberts (a.k.a. J. D. Robb) bookends the list of books that captured readers’ attention to the very end.

Just one more chapter, err, or two…

You know how it is when you fall in love with a great read – you can’t put it down! That’s what happened with these books.

The top 10 gripping novels with the longest average reading sessions:

  1. The Girl With No Name – Diney Costeloe
  2. The Clay Girl – Heather Tucker (Canadian author and a 2017 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize finalist)
  3. The Good Daughter – Karin Slaughter
  4. Mississippi Blood – Greg Iles
  5. Remains of Innocence – J. A. Jance
  6. The Married Girls – Diney Costeloe
  7. Little Girl Lost – Carol Wyer
  8. Pretty Girls – Karin Slaughter
  9. A Great Reckoning – Louise Penny
  10. Unspoken – Lisa Jackson

Canadian’s love a good eBook binge. The anti-heroine theme made popular by books such as Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins were instrumental in the creation of a new sub-genre, and Canada’s passion for the bad girl shows no sign of slowing down.

We know it’s hard to wait for the great books 2018 has in store, but is always here to help you find your next great read.


About Rakuten Kobo Inc.
Owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten and headquartered in Toronto, Rakuten Kobo Inc. is one of the world’s most innovative eReading services offering more than 5 million eBooks and audiobooks to millions of customers in 190 countries. Believing that consumers should have the freedom to read any book on any device, Kobo provides people with a choice when reading. Kobo offers an eReader for everyone with a wide variety of E Ink eReaders to suit any Reader’s style including Kobo Aura, Kobo Aura H2O, and Kobo Aura ONE; along with the company’s free top-ranking eReading apps for Apple® and Android®. Kobo’s award-winning eReaders can be found in major retail chains around the world. For more information, visit

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