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On Display: Best Books of 2021

We're celebrating the top books and audiobooks of 2021 with our 13th annual Best Books display! This year's display features more than 250 titles that appeared on 19 year-end best books lists.*

Stop by to browse the display, or visit the Best Books of 2021 display website to view all of the books by category (fiction, nonfiction) and format (print, ebook, CD audio, digital audio). From the website you can view a book's current availability, download ebooks and digital audiobooks, and/or place holds on items.

Curious to know about the "best of the best"? There were 12 books that appeared on seven or more of the lists we consulted:

cover images of the 12 books that appeared on 7 or more lists
  1. Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe
  2. Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead
  3. Crying in H Mart: A Memoir by Michelle Zauner
  4. How the Word is Passed:  A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America by Clint Smith
  5. Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
  6. Sentence by Louise Erdrich
  7. Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
  8. Matrix by Lauren Groff
  9. All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake by Tiya Miles
  10. Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen
  11. Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney
  12. Bewilderment by Richard Powers

With so many books to choose from, this display is guaranteed to have something for every reader and listener to enjoy. Whether you borrow now, or add these to your "to read" list, we hope you take some time to check out the Best Books of 2021 display.

Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the books that have been selected if you or need help using the ebook and digital audiobook collections.


*Sources consulted: AudibleAudioFileBarnes & NobleBloombergBooklistThe Boston GlobeThe Christian Science MonitorThe EconomistEntertainment WeeklyThe Financial TimesThe GuardianKirkus ReviewsLibrary JournalThe New York TimesNPRPublishers Weeklystrategy+businessThe Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.