Here is a list of the New York Times Best Sellers of 2021 along with a summary of each book:
“The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah
Set during the Great Depression, this novel tells the story of a woman named Elsa who leaves Texas with her children to start a new life in California, where they face poverty, hunger, and harsh working conditions.
“The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig
Nora Seed finds herself in a library where each book represents a version of her life that could have been, leading her to question the choices she’s made and the path her life has taken.
“The Sanatorium” by Sarah Pearse
Elin Warner, a detective, arrives at a remote hotel in the Swiss Alps to attend her brother’s engagement party, only to find that the hotel was once a sanatorium and that her brother’s fiancée’s brother went missing there years ago.
“The Push” by Ashley Audrain
Blythe Connor is convinced that something is wrong with her daughter, but her husband and mother dismiss her fears, leading Blythe to question her own sanity and the motives of those around her.
“The Code Breaker” by Walter Isaacson
This nonfiction book tells the story of Jennifer Doudna, a scientist who co-invented CRISPR, a revolutionary gene editing tool that has the potential to change the course of human evolution.
“Klara and the Sun” by Kazuo Ishiguro
Klara, an Artificial Friend designed to be a companion for teenagers, observes the world around her and develops a sense of self-awareness and a desire for a better future.
“Project Hail Mary” by Andy Weir
Ryland Grace wakes up on a spaceship with no memory of how he got there or why he’s there. As he tries to piece together his past, he realizes that the fate of humanity rests on his shoulders.
“The Last Thing He Told Me” by Laura Dave
When her husband disappears and leaves her with a note telling her to protect their daughter, Hannah Hall sets out to uncover the truth about his past and the danger that he’s left them in.
“The Rose Code” by Kate Quinn
Set during World War II, this novel tells the story of three women who worked at Bletchley Park, a code-breaking facility, and their efforts to uncover a traitor who has put their country in danger.
“A Gambling Man” by David Baldacci
Set in the 1950s, this novel follows World War II veteran Aloysius Archer as he travels to California in search of a fresh start, only to become embroiled in a web of secrets and lies.
New York Times Best Sellers of 2021 By Genre
- “The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah – A historical novel about a woman who leaves Texas during the Great Depression to join migrant workers in California’s fields.
- “The Last Thing He Told Me” by Laura Dave – A thriller about a woman whose husband disappears and leaves her a note telling her to protect their daughter.
- “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett – A family saga that follows the lives of two twin sisters who grow up in a small Southern black community and take different paths as adults.
- “Project Hail Mary” by Andy Weir – A science fiction novel about a lone astronaut on a desperate mission to save humanity.
- “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig – A fantasy novel about a woman who, after attempting suicide, finds herself in a library that lets her explore all the possible lives she could have led.
- “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse” by Charlie Mackesy – A heartwarming illustrated book about friendship and self-discovery.
- “Caste” by Isabel Wilkerson – A thought-provoking examination of the history and impact of social hierarchy in America.
- “Greenlights” by Matthew McConaughey – A memoir that explores the actor’s life through his personal journal entries.
- “Untamed” by Glennon Doyle – A memoir about the author’s journey towards self-discovery and acceptance.
- “The Body Keeps the Score” by Bessel van der Kolk – A groundbreaking work that explores the relationship between trauma and the body.
- “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You” by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi – A nonfiction book that explores the history of racism in America and offers a guide for readers to become antiracists.
- “Concrete Rose” by Angie Thomas – A prequel to “The Hate U Give” that follows the life of Starr’s father, Maverick, as a young man.
- “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas – A powerful and timely novel about a young black girl’s experiences with police brutality and racism.
- “One of Us is Lying” by Karen M. McManus – A murder mystery that takes place in a high school after five students are sent to detention, but only four come out alive.
- “Kingdom of the Wicked” by Kerri Maniscalco – A fantasy novel about twin sisters who are witches and must solve the mystery of their sister’s murder in a world of dark magic and demonic cults.
These are just a few of the many books that were on the New York Times Best Sellers list in 2021. The list is updated weekly and includes books across a wide range of genres and themes. Whether you’re looking for a gripping thriller, an inspiring memoir, or a thought-provoking nonfiction work, the New York Times Best Sellers list is a great place to discover your next read.