____Posted Thursday June 15 2017 ____


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Saskatoon Ranks No. 1 on Amazon.ca's List of Canadian Cities that Love to Read

For the fourth year in a row, Ontario is home to the most avid readers with 12 cities appearing in the Top 20; Vancouver purchased the most books on Amazon.ca in the business, health, self-help and travel categories

To welcome the summer and celebrate all things Canada for the country's 150th anniversary, Amazon.ca announced its fifth annual list of Canadian Cities that Love to Read. Looking at cities from coast-to-coast, the list was compiled using data from Amazon.ca – for both print and Kindle e-book editions – from May 2016 to May 2017 on a per capita basis in cities with more than 100,000 residents.

This year, the Top 20 Canadian Cities that Love to Read are:

1. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
2. Kingston, Ontario
3. Kelowna, British Columbia
4. Calgary, Alberta
5. Vancouver, British Columbia
6. Langley, British Columbia
7. Regina, Saskatchewan
8. Edmonton, Alberta
9. Oakville, Ontario
10. Guelph, Ontario
11. Barrie, Ontario
12. London, Ontario
13. Kitchener, Ontario
14. Thornhill, Ontario
15. Burlington, Ontario
16. Oshawa, Ontario
17. Winnipeg, Manitoba
18. Cambridge, Ontario
19. Thunder Bay, Ontario
20. Richmond Hill, Ontario

Taking a closer look at the data revealed:

• The Year of the Underdog: Just when Vancouver and Calgary were getting comfortable in the top two spots (where they have been sitting for three consecutive years), Saskatoon moved from third to first place and new cities filled the podium with Kingston placing second and Kelowna third.

• New Cities on the Block: This year sparked a love for reading among new Canadian cities as 12 who were not on last year's list made their way into the rankings, including Oakville and Richmond Hill.

• Love of Reading and Romance: Love was in full bloom in the cities of Kingston, Oshawa and Barrie, who were the top three cities to purchase the most romance books.

• Aspiring Chefs of Cambridge: While Vancouver triumphed over the other cities in four of the eight categories, the southern Ontario city of Cambridge purchased the most cookbooks, flexing its culinary curiosity.

• Vancouver Has a Spine: Vancouver may have slipped from first to fifth place overall, but residents beat every other city in the print books format, proving Vancouverites love the traditional method of reading.

Continue showing your love for reading (and Canada!) by checking out some of the best books the country has to offer. Amazon.ca has curated a list of "100 Canadian Books to Read in a Lifetime", co-presented by The 49th Shelf, which features everything from children's books such as Virginia Wolf, to literary classics including The Handmaid's Tale, as well as food biographies like The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating.

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