The best books we've read in 2021 (2023)

DeGaulle' by Julian Jackson

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This excellent biography of the former French head of state brilliantly shows how he managed to dominate his country's political life for decades. Jackson's account of de Gaulle's youth and conservative background only reinforces respect for de Gaulle's attitude towards the Vichy government in 1940, and his account of de Gaulle's war years in London makes it clear why. Churchill and Roosevelt found it almost impossible to treat. The second half of the book, which deals with de Gaulle's return to power during the conflict in Algeria and his somewhat autocratic presidency, is even more intriguing; together, the two halves make as good an argument as one can believe that a single individual can change the course of history. But Jackson, with sublime prose and an assured understanding of the politics and figures of the Third, Fourth and Fifth Republics, never allows this argument to overshadow de Gaulle's extremely difficult and domineering personality and why he never adapted to democracy. that he helped save. and then he presided."Isaak Chotiner".

Next: A romanceby Maryse Conde

In a year that began with a coup attempt, it was good to remember that bigotry and partisanship threatened every society, and that it is often a great narrative too. Maryse Condé's 1984 novel Segu begins in the fiercely competitive capital of the 18th-century Bambara Empire, in present-day Mali, where the government reigned supreme.Mansahauntingly follows the rise of Islam and the mysterious arrival of white explorers. The griots sing of the exploits of a noble family, the Traores, whose children are destined to suffer all the consequences of the upheavals of modernity. Condé, who was born in Guadeloupe but spent many years in West Africa, is the great novelist of the Afro-Atlantic world, and Segu, his masterpiece, is the mother of Diaspora epics. The novel follows the Traorés around the world, from Moroccan universities to Brazilian sugarcane fields, drawn in all directions by their religious ambitions, desires, and yearnings. Condé excels at evoking the tensions of a changing world, be it the ambivalence of a man torn between his family's gods and the cosmopolitanism of Islam, or the cynicism of a wealthy mixed-race woman living on the coast of slaves sold in Senegal. Despite his commanding range, "Segu" is also warm and talkative, completely lacking the sentimental attachment to heritage that makes many family stories ancestral stations of the cross. Condé has a wicked sense of humor that is not very flattering, especially towards its mostly male leads, whose naive adventurism and distracted cruelty (especially towards women) profoundly inform the story, which defies your comprehension.– Julian Lucas

Upper Bohemia: a memoryby Hayden Herrera

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I found this recent memoir while browsing the shelves of the Brooklyn Public Library and was immediately intrigued by its cover: a black-and-white photograph of two girls crouched in the rear window of a sports car, their tops tousled and their blond hair. ...suggested a kind of patrician free spirit. Herrera is known for her biographies of artists like Frida Kahlo and Arshile Gorky, but in Upper Bohemia she turns to the story of her own family, a clan of high wasps as privileged as they are fucked. During the 1940s and 1950s, Herrera and her older sister, Blair, were indiscriminately sandwiched between her divorced parents, who possessed good looks, erratic temperaments, and intense narcissism. Her mother and her father, both married five times, often dismissed the girls, treating them as considerably less important than their own artistic or sexual fulfillment, the pursuit of which led them into street art circles on Cape Cod and the city of NY. Mexico and Cambridge. . Herrera tells a fascinating cultural story of a given medium, but what is most moving is her ability to channel in sensitive detail the life of a lonely boy trying to make sense of the world around him. Her tone carries a certain detachment, but I often found it immensely moving. "Blair and I hadn't spent much time with our mother since the fall of 1948, when, after taking us by train to a boarding school in Vermont, she went to Mexico to divorce her," she writes. "Every time our mother showed up, she would bring gifts from Mexico, clay animals or embroidered blouses for Blair and me. She always made everything sound wonderful. She was like the sun. Blair and I would approach her like two Icarus, but never we touch". the golden rays from her.” This is a beautiful book.– Naomi Fry

Long live the post office horn!' by Vigdis Hjorth, translated by Charlotte Barslund

A fun, fast-paced novel about existential despair, collective commitment, and the Norwegian postal service, Vigdis Hjorth's Long Live the Post Horn inspired me in this strange and turbulent year. Ellinor, the novel's narrator, is a 35-year-old public relations consultant whose projects and relationships are characterized by a shadowy and abiding detachment. When her colleague Dag leaves town, Ellinor reluctantly inherits one of her clients: Postkom, the Norwegian postal and communications union that opposes a deal with the EU. directive that would introduce private sector competition. For Ellinor, the project starts out shaky; Little by little he lets go. The result is something of a personal awakening, a new desire to live, connect and communicate, and a truly absorbing treatment of bureaucratic boredom. "Long live the mail horn!" it is rich in political and philosophical themes and smooth in its delivery. They come in the form of disassociated journal entries, awkward Christmas gift exchanges, and the world's loneliest description of a sex toy ("bought the hottest model online, the one with the highest ratings"). There's also a long story narrated by a postal worker, which makes for a wonderful, almost mythical embedded narrative. "What exactly does 'real' mean?" asks Ellinor, who is experiencing an authenticity crisis while desperately trying to produce public relations copy for The Real Thing, an American restaurant chain. "Was he the man behind Real Thing Real Thing, I wondered? I researched him; he looked like any other capitalist." Long and hackneyed, this novel was pure joy for me.– Anna Weiner

Free: A boy and a country at the end of historyVon Lea Ypi

Some people feel free to imagine their life free of history. Lea Ypi did not have that luxury. Born in 1979 in Albania, then one of the most closed countries in the communist bloc, she had little reason to question her love for Stalin until 1990, when she hugged the statue of her and discovered that protesters had been beheaded there. With the fall of the Berlin Wall, the edifice of Albanian socialism also collapsed. Even more confusing was the fact that Ypi's parents never believed this: they just cast a good spell to keep her dissident middle-class background from hurting her prospects. Ypi's new book, Free, launched in the UK and scheduled for a US release in January, is a tender and dark childhood memory of hers. But it is also a work of social criticism and a reflection on how to feed on misinformation in a world where history is far from over. Ypi, a political scientist at the London School of Economics, is interested in how categories of thought like "proletariat" have been replaced by reductionist slogans like "freedom." "When freedom finally came, it was like a plate served frozen," she writes. "We chew little, swallow quickly and stay hungry." Her parents became leaders of the new democratic opposition, but lost their savings to a shady investment scheme, and when the country plunged into civil war in 1997, her stunning mother was forced to move to Italy. , where she worked as a cleaner. When Ypi studied abroad, her left-wing friends didn't want to hear her experiences: her socialism was doing well and Albania's was better forgotten. But she Ypi does not forget, neither the repression of the system in which she grew up, nor the harshness of capitalism. Her book is a quick read, but like the specter of Marx that haunts Europe, she stays with you.-Margaret Talbot

Egge: a romance' by Joy Williams

I alreadywritten at length about the miracle of the latest Joy Williams novel, "Egg". But I feel compelled to restate my case. Set in a world that climate change has turned into a tomb, the book is filled with wild oddities, mystical intelligence, and a poignancy and beauty that begins at sentence level but sinks to the heart of the book. "Harrow" chases a teenager named Kristen through the desert, where she eventually finds a "terrorist asylum" of a retired race determined to avenge Earth. Her partner, Jeffrey, is a ten-year-old boy of an alcoholic mother or the judge of the underworld. Williams, the true judge of the underworld, plays here as theologian, animal rights activist, mad oracle, social historian and philosopher of language. His comic pieces—A Birthday Party, for example, in which the hastily prepared cake is a glazed replica of Goya's Saturn Devouring His Son—elicit tears, and his elegies elicit laughter, if only for what it means. absurd to find so much joy in a study of desolation. When he finished the book, I missed the terrible, cleansing darkness of his eyes on me.–Katy Waldman

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Crazy Love: An Introduction to Opera,” by Vivien Schweitzer

My late grandfather spent most of his weekends in his office, a sunken room adorned with a battered Chesterfield sofa and posters of various international chess championships, listening to opera. As a child, I found this practice impenetrable. He didn't understand the languages ​​coming out of his record player and he wasn't old enough to grasp the rhapsodic emotion inherent in that form. The opera is about great feelings; it exudes youth, but it is still a passion that most people develop. (Maybe it has something to do with the cost of a Met ticket.) Then the pandemic hit, and suddenly all I wanted to hear was Maria Callas, whose outlandish arias were the soundtrack to my throbbing, anxious mind. My grandfather wasn't around to talk about my fixation, but luckily I found Vivien Schweitzer's 2018 book A Mad Love, which is a brilliant cultural history of the greatest opera composers and their obsessive minds. Beginning with Monteverdi and ending with Philip Glass, the book is about the blood and sweat it takes to write an opera (an often maddening endeavor, it seems) and the feverish attachment of fans to the resulting work. I found myself flipping through it in the shower, delighted not only to breathe the gossip backstories of the Ring cycle and La Traviata, but also to join the Society of Opera Fools, of which my grandfather was a full member. I finally understood what I was hearing on those Sunday afternoons: fear, joy, love, betrayal.– Rachel Syme

not even a dayby Anne Garréta, translated by Emma Ramadan

It's a strange feeling to read a book that feels like it was written for you, but wasn't. The friend who recommended "Not a day" by the Oulipian writer Anne Garréta to me must have known that this fusion of intimacy and anonymity would be irresistible to me. As she recovers from an accident that immobilized her body, the book's narrator, a nomadic literature professor, decides that she will write about the women she has desired so much. Each woman is identified with a letter of the alphabet; She spends five hours a day on each letter for exactly one month. She knows that expressing desires requires discipline, and she discovers that desire always, always gets the better of her. The letters are skipped and encoded so that the TOC reads "B, X, E, K, L, D, H, N, Y, C, I, Z". The narrator takes a long break from the project and when she returns to it, one of the stories she is writing is fiction. Slowly, the categories that keep desire and its creation of "our little selves" at bay - me and others, past and present, masculine and feminine, heterosexual and homosexual, solipsistic alienation and shared passion - blend beautifully and terrifyingly... Instead of a confession written in the familiar "alphabet of desire," we see an entirely new language emerge. I could choke on the book: it's painful and maddening, smart and unbelievably sexy. But it would be easier to say that reading it is like meeting someone and feeling like the world is falling apart. Here is a book that insists that fictional desire, its imitation and illusion, is indistinguishable from another person's desire.– Merve Emre

Tom Stoppard: A Life' by Hermione Lee

for a while this yearLee's latest just seemed to beone, and for a few weeks supposedly reading other stuff, I opened it at odd times, at breakfast while I was waiting for the pot of pasta to cook, until I realized it had all worked. The biography runs almost nine hundred pages, so my experience of it as a benefit, a diversion, is a testament to Lee's craft. Much of Stoppard's story is well known: his journey from young itinerant refugee to Bristol journalist and radio drama writer, and then to fame and fortune as a witty playwright with 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead'. What Lee adds are details, particularly interesting changes in his career, as well as a great deal of his own admiration. (Not entirely to his credit, I suppose, this is the kind of biography everyone dreams of writing about; our leading man is always brilliant, invariably a delight. Stoppard was apparently delighted to read, to make it clear that he's "not so good as people think.") What Stoppard brings is a touch of whimsy as he climbs the tall tower of success. His work has a pleasing cohesion with its mix of literal wit and lighthearted verbal humor. Off the page, it's clear who combines casual social climbing with the joyous pursuit of material comfort, often courtesy of Hollywood, has a script workflow for projects like the Indiana Jones franchise and his constant drive to do more luxuries than are offered: your budget must increase to accommodate a luxury hotel suite, he tells a study, "because I'd rather not sleep and work in the same room"-are some of the little charms of this book. Ultimately, though, Lee's biography is a treat because it'sFrom the writerBook: full of respect for the emotion of the job, capable of balancing the pace of life and working at height. Reading it means getting excited about the act of literature again.-Nathan Heller

Romano 11, Buch 18' by Dag Solstad, translated by Sverre Lyngstad

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I first came across 'Novel 11, Book 18' by the great Norwegian writer Dag Solstad on a warm sunny day while walking with some friends who were visiting from out of town. I loved the mood and the beautiful cover of the book, dark green on cream, and most importantly, the proximity to my friends, I bought it. It was almost fun to find out just how relentlessly dark the book is. Released in 1992 but released this year in the United States by New Directions, translated into English by Sverre Lyngstad, it tells the story of Bjørn Hansen, a mild-mannered civil servant who left his wife and son to pursue his own lovers, Turid. Lammers. . A change of life means a change of location: Hansen leaves Oslo and settles in Kongsberg, a small airless town, where he soon joins an amateur theater company of which Turid is widely regarded as the most talented artist and a kind of spiritual leader. guide. In what is probably the best and darkest sitcom I've read all year, Hansen tries to persuade the company, normally a vehicle for light musicals, to put on a production of Henrik Ibsen's The Wild Duck. He wins, but the show is a resounding flop, and even worse in Hansen's eyes, Turid delivers a cynical, crowd-pleasing performance that inoculates her, and only her, of the general public's disapproval. . The relationship will end soon. Solstad tells the story in deceptively simple sentences that are fleetingly repeated, bringing together new and increasingly sad aspects of meaning. Hansen, going through the disappointing laundry of his life (he's having the worst midlife crisis imaginable), finally hatches a revenge plan so sad and absurd it's almost slapstick. The generic title of the book suggests that little tragedies like Hansen's happen everywhere and all the time, as a simple cost of living. For Solstad, what feels like rest, sun and privacy, the company of friends, is just another step on a tightrope that stretches across the void. Maybe I'll save that for the summer.– Vinson Cunningham

Patchwork: a life in clothesde Claire Wilcox

One of the books that surprised and moved me the most this year is Patch Work: A Life Between Clothes, a memoir by Claire Wilcox. Wilcox is a Senior Fashion Curator atin London, and writes of clothing with a heady quirk: the centuries-old robes are made of "narrow lengths of the finest Japanese silk, hand-sewn and then pleated like the delicate underside of a field mushroom." But this fragmentary and dreamlike book is not about fashion, as it is usually understood. There is no industry gossip, no trend analysis. Instead, Wilcox uses her encounters with objects—the lace handbags in the museum's collection, the purple velvet pants lent to her by a charismatic friend—to explore themes of love and loss, birth and mourning, family and tribe. Constructed as deftly and obliquely as the sumptuous garments it describes, the book is carefully woven from fragments of storytelling and imagery, ultimately revealing how materiality and memory interact, to the point of feeling like holding a button. between his fingers. Wilcox recalled her earliest memories of buttoning his mother's cardigan: "I buttoned it all the way and then I buttoned it all the way."– Rebeca Met

sabbath theaterpor Philip Roth

During the pandemic, actor John Turturro and I adapted Roth's novel for the stage, so I must have read the book twenty times. I am always amazed. It is never adulterous urination orall the cakesSmell of underwear that shocks me. It's Roth's unique ability to summon death: its promises, its terrors, its reliability, and the unrelenting pain it leaves in its wake. There are moments when Roth approaches the subject with cosmic levity: "Sothey arehis mother? Are you here or are you everywhere?” Mickey Sabbath, the aging, insatiable puppeteer, asks the ghost of his dead mother. "Do you only know what you knew when you were alive, or do you know everything now, or is 'knowing' no longer an issue?" - death is colored with so much desire that it's almost too much for Sabbath and the reader (this one, at least) to bear. He's gotten used to the oxygen pen in his nose. I'm used to the drainage bag attached to the bed, Sabbath thinks, remembering the last of many nights he spent in his hospital bed. “The cancer is too widespread for surgery. I was used to it, too.” For all Sabbath's slippery opportunism, Drenka is his only love: “We can live with tears and we can live with tears; we can live with it night after night as long as it doesn't stop." But of course it can be done. It always does. Not in this book, though, for Sabbath, Roth's most unrepentant diabolical hero, despite his relentless flirtation. with suicide: "I couldn't die. How could he leave? How could he leave? Everything he hated was here.–Ariel Levy

cordialitybut daniel sherrell

In "Heat" by author and organizer Daniel Sherrellinvigorating opening memory, he calls climate change "the problem": the amazing, mind-boggling fact that should make all sentient people lose sleep, cry themselves hoarse, and fundamentally recalibrate their lives. And yet, except for a small minority, most people seem content to listen to the string ensemble on the deck of the Titanic and silence anyone who tries to interrupt the music. To be clear, this is my heavy load, not Sherrell's. An unabashed climate alarmist, he mostly feels sorry for the quietists, in part because, like all Americans, he was one of them. Sherrel was born in 1990. His father, an oceanographer, made extensive research trips to the polar caps. The Sherrells, of all people, understood what emergency climate change was, but his house was normal in the sense that the topic wasn't discussed much. "Even with all the evidence in front of us," Sherrell writes, "it was hard to name."sad moodMemories, and they certainly are, but what came even clearer to me than the pain was a kind of existential irony: not only do we seem unable to solve the problem, we also apparently can't find an honest way to solve it. talk. Most Americans say they believe in science; Science says that the future will be disastrous unless we make drastic changes. and yet, Sherrell notes, "it still sounded rude, even a little ridiculous, to say it all in conversation." This is how the world ends: not with a bang, not even with a lot of wailing. Written in the form of a letter to a child who may or may not conceive Sherrell, "Heat" is not a thesis book of any kind. But if there is a central claim, it is that the brown-haired activist "Don't suffer, get organized!" it is a simple mantra, a wrong choice. Why not both?– André Marantz

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brothers and guardiansde John Edgar Wideman

John Edgar Wideman was teaching at the University of Wyoming in the mid-1970s when his brother Robert showed up in town unannounced. Wideman had a young family and a steady job as a writer and academic. Robert was on a more tumultuous path; He was on the run after a botched robbery at a home in Pittsburgh ended with one of his accomplices killing a man who later died of his injuries. Released in 1984, Brothers and Keepers is Wideman's attempt to come to terms with their different lives and the bond they will never break. He examines episodes from his childhood looking for forgotten plot points. No genre can tell such a complex story. At times, the book deals with the difficulties of the criminal justice system, while Wideman details his visits to the prison where Robert is serving a life sentence. (Robert would educate himself in prison, and in 2019, his sentence was commuted.) At other times, the book feels surreal and fantastical as Wideman considers the possibility that his life has taken her elsewhere. And there are moments of sadness and fear as he ponders the ethics of making his brother a character. I often find that memoirs level the degree to which "the personal is political" is a contradictory idea. What makes Brothers and Keepers so compelling is that Wideman feels love but not compassion, not for his brother and certainly not for himself.–Hua Hsu

2021 in hindsight

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Which books should I read in 2021? ›

The Best Books to Read in 2021
  • Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters (January)
  • Nora by Nuala O'Connor (January)
  • Aftershocks by Nadia Owusu.
  • Let Me Tell You What I Mean by Joan Didion (January)
  • Milk Fed by Melissa Broder (February)
  • My Year Abroad by Chang Rae Lee (February)
  • Gay Bar by Jeremy Atherton Lin (February)
Nov 28, 2021

What is the number 1 best-selling book of 2021? ›

Dog Man is the best selling book of 2021! In second place and the only other book to sell over a million copies is Mark R. Levin's American Marxism with a 1,025,638 copies.

What is the #1 best selling book 2022? ›

These are the bestselling books of 2022.
  • Colleen Hoover, It Ends with Us (Atria) – 2,729,007 copies sold.
  • Colleen Hoover, Verity (Grand Central) – 2,000,418 copies sold.
  • Colleen Hoover, It Starts with Us (Atria) – 1,885,351 copies sold.
  • Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing (Putnam) – 1,868,518 copies sold.
Jan 10, 2023

What is everyone reading now 2022? ›

The 100 Must-Read Books of 2022
  • A Heart That Works.
  • Afterlives.
  • All the Lovers in the Night.
  • All This Could Be Different.
  • An Immense World.
  • Ancestor Trouble.
  • Animal Joy.
  • Anna: The Biography.

What is the most read book in 2022? ›

Goodreads Most Read Books of 2022
  • It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover.
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid.
  • Verity by Colleen Hoover.
  • The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood.
  • Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover.
  • Book Lovers by Emily Henry.
  • Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover.
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.
Feb 4, 2023

What is the number 1 book ever? ›

Top 100 best selling books of all time
1Da Vinci Code,TheBrown, Dan
2Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsRowling, J.K.
3Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneRowling, J.K.
4Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixRowling, J.K.
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What is the number 1 most read book? ›

The Holy Bible is the most read book in the world. In the past 50 years, the Bible has sold over 3.9 billion copies. It is the most recognizable and famous book that has ever been published. The Bible is a collective book with many different preachings based on God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

What is the highest rated fiction on Goodreads 2021? ›

Preview — Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

Irish author Sally Rooney wins this year's Best Fiction award for her celebrated novel on the complexities of romance, sex, and friendship on our swiftly tilting planet.

What is the most read book on Goodreads? ›

Here are the Most Read Books on Goodreads in 2022
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid.
  • Verity by Colleen Hoover.
  • The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood.
  • Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover.
  • Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover.
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.
  • People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry.
Dec 5, 2022

What is the best-selling book now? ›

  • Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus. ...
  • Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin. ...
  • Someone Else's Shoes by Jojo Moyes. ...
  • Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver. ...
  • The Boys from Biloxi by John Grisham. ...
  • The House in the Pines by Ana Reyes. ...
  • Encore in Death by J.D. Robb. ...
  • Fairy Tale by Stephen King.
5 days ago

Which book did Amazon sell the most copies of in 2021? ›

1. (Fiction) The Midnight Library by Matt Haig.

What are the top selling books in 2021? ›

USA TODAY's Top 100 bestselling books of 2021
  • " Dog Man: Mothering Heights," by Dav Pilkey.
  • " The Four Winds," by Kristin Hannah.
  • " American Marxism," by Mark R. ...
  • " Atomic Habits," by James Clear.
  • " The Midnight Library," by Matt Haig.
  • " The Last Thing He Told Me," by Laura Dave.
  • " ...
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Dec 30, 2021

What is a #1 New York Times bestseller? ›

To achieve bestseller status on the Times not only do you have to sell at least 5,000 – 10,000 copies in one week, but these sales have to be diverse sales.

Which book I should read? ›

Classic Novels to Read
  • 1984 by George Orwell.
  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling.
  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut.
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
Oct 29, 2020

What is the best-selling book every year? ›

The familiar observation that the Bible is the best-selling book of all time obscures a more startling fact: the Bible is the best-selling book of the year, every year.

What novels are trending now? ›

Trending Books
  • The Sacred Well Murders (Paperback) ...
  • Immoral Origins (The Desire Card, #1) ...
  • The Odd and the Strange: A Collection of Very Short Fiction (ebook) ...
  • Death Leaves a Shadow (Marlowe Black Mystery, #2) ...
  • Paradox Effect: Time Travel and Purified DNA Merge to Halt the Collapse of Human Existence (Paperback)

What books have 5 stars on Goodreads? ›

5 Star 2022 Reads Books
  • Heartstopper: Volume Four (Heartstopper, #4) ...
  • The Holly Dates (Kindle Edition) ...
  • Playing Hard to Get (The Players #1) ...
  • The Hidden One (Kate Burkholder, #14) ...
  • Reminders of Him (Kindle Edition) ...
  • It Starts with Us (It Ends with Us, #2) ...
  • The Kiss Curse (The Ex Hex, #2) ...
  • Mad Honey (Hardcover)

What books do people read most? ›

Meanwhile, romance and fantasy are the most-read genres for greater shares of book-genre-reading adults under 30 (10% each) than for any other age group studied. However, the top two most-read genres remain consistent across all age groups: mystery and crime, and religion and spirituality — not always in that order.

What is the 3 most read book in the world? ›

In third place comes The Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse Tung. It has sold over 800 million copies in the past 50 years due to it going viral during the central revolution in China.

What is the most regularly read book in the world? ›

The most read book in the world is the Bible. Writer James Chapman created a list of the most read books in the world based on the number of copies each book sold over the last 50 years. He found that the Bible far outsold any other book, with a whopping 3.9 billion copies sold over the last 50 years.

What is the number two most read book? ›

The most read book in the World is Bible. This holy book so far has outsold any other in the world. During the last 50 years, a whopping 3.9 billion copies has been sold. The second most read book in the world is the Holy Quran.

What are book clubs reading in 2021? ›

35 Best Book Club Picks of 2021
  • The Reading List. A Novel. ...
  • Black Buck. Askaripour, Mateo, author. ...
  • It Happened One Summer. A Novel. ...
  • What's Mine and Yours. A Novel. ...
  • Invisible Child. Poverty, Survival, and Hope in an American City. ...
  • Dear Senthuran. A Black Spirit Memoir. ...
  • Of Women and Salt. ...
  • While We Were Dating.
Dec 20, 2021

What is the most read fiction book? ›

Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling is the best-selling book series in history. The first novel in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, has sold in excess of 120 million copies, making it one of the best-selling books of all time.

What books have a 5 5 rating? ›

5 5 Books Shelf
  • The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air, #3) Holly Black (Goodreads Author) ...
  • The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) Suzanne Collins. ...
  • Red Queen (Red Queen, #1) ...
  • Peter Pan (Hardcover) ...
  • The Last Goddess (Kindle Edition) ...
  • Mr. ...
  • Dixie Kitten (Paperback) ...
  • Mexican Gothic (Hardcover)

What are the most read books USA? ›

America's 100 favorite books
  • Pride And Prejudice.
  • To Kill A Mockingbird.
  • Harry Potter (Series)
  • Where the Crawdads Sing.
  • The Lord Of the Rings.
  • The Great Gatsby.
  • The Alchemist.
  • Jane Eyre.
Oct 31, 2022

What are the top 10 most selling books of all time? ›

25 Best-Selling Books of All-Time
  • #1 – Don Quixote (500 million copies sold) ...
  • #2 – A Tale of Two Cities (200 million copies sold) ...
  • #3 – The Lord of the Rings (150 million copies sold) ...
  • #4 – The Little Prince (142 million copies sold) ...
  • #5 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (107 million copies sold)

What is the largest selling book in the world? ›

The best-selling book of all time is the Christian Bible.

Has any book sold a billion copies? ›

According to Wikipedia, there are nine books that have sold more than 100 million copies. Actually, the Bible, the Qu'ran, and Chairman Mao's Little Red Book are all over a billion copies, but I can't think of any way that including those three books is going to work out well for me, so we're sticking with these.

Who is the best-selling author of all time? ›

1. William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616) Often cited as the greatest writer in the English language and the bane of every high school student's existence, William Shakespeare has an estimated 4 billion copies of his works in circulation.

What is the number 1 book on the New York Times fiction list right now? ›


What were the top 3 books on The New York Times bestsellers list 2009? ›

The most popular books of the year were The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown and The Associate, by John Grisham with respectively 7 and 4 weeks at the top. The author James Patterson was at the top for four different books (8th Confession, Swimsuit, Alex Cross's Trial and I, Alex Cross).

Why are so many books #1 New York Times bestsellers? ›

Because of the vast categories which the NYT team provides, authors get more and more chances of being recognized as a best-seller. Even if their books are not read by many, they can still become best selling authors. Since the best-seller list comes out every week, a lot of books get the chance to appear on it.

What books sold the most in 2021? ›

USA TODAY's Top 100 bestselling books of 2021
  • " Dog Man: Mothering Heights," by Dav Pilkey.
  • " The Four Winds," by Kristin Hannah.
  • " American Marxism," by Mark R. Levin.
  • " Atomic Habits," by James Clear.
  • " The Midnight Library," by Matt Haig. News Across the U.S.
Dec 30, 2021

What is the number 1 most sold book? ›

Having sold more than 600 million copies worldwide. Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling is the best-selling book series in history.

What are the current top 10 fiction books? ›

  • Fairy Tale by Stephen King. ...
  • Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult; Jennifer Finney Boylan. ...
  • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. ...
  • The House of Wolves by James Patterson; Mike Lupica. ...
  • Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt. ...
  • The House of Eve by Sadeqa Johnson. ...
  • The Last Orphan by Gregg Hurwitz. ...
  • Victory City by Salman Rushdie.
5 days ago

What is the most bought book in America? ›

The best-selling book in the United States as of the week ending August 13, 2022 was 'It Ends With Us' by Colleen Hoover with 89.52 thousand units sold. Following closely behind that week was Delia Ownens' 'Where the Crawdads Sing' with over 69 thousand sales.

What is the most bought and read book in the world? ›

The Bible. Easily the most read book in the world is the Bible for obvious reasons. It is estimated to have sold over 40 million copies in the last 60 years.

What are the top three best-selling books of all time? ›

25 Best-Selling Books of All-Time
  • #1 – Don Quixote (500 million copies sold) ...
  • #2 – A Tale of Two Cities (200 million copies sold) ...
  • #3 – The Lord of the Rings (150 million copies sold) ...
  • #4 – The Little Prince (142 million copies sold) ...
  • #5 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (107 million copies sold)

What is the most reading book in the world? ›

The most read book in the world is the Bible. Writer James Chapman created a list of the most read books in the world based on the number of copies each book sold over the last 50 years. He found that the Bible far outsold any other book, with a whopping 3.9 billion copies sold over the last 50 years.

What is the most successful book series of all time? ›

The Harry Potter series is far and away the highest-selling series of novels ever. Written by British author J.K. Rowling, the series has sold at least 500 million copies, 150 million more than the next-highest selling series.


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