2021 has been a great year for book lovers and avid readers alike. From gripping thrillers to insightful non-fiction, the literary world has offered a wide range of titles to explore. Here are the 10 must-read books of the year that you simply can’t afford to miss:
1. “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig: This poignant novel delves into the theme of regret, as it follows the journey of Nora Seed, who finds herself stuck in a library between life and death, with the option to explore different versions of her life and make different choices.
2. “Klara and the Sun” by Kazuo Ishiguro: The Nobel Laureate’s latest novel explores the relationship between humans and AI through the eyes of Klara, a solar-powered artificial friend, and her quest to understand human emotions.
3. “Project Hail Mary” by Andy Weir: From the author of “The Martian,” this science-fiction adventure follows a lone astronaut on a mission to save humanity from extinction, with the help of an unlikely ally.
4. “The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah: Set during the Great Depression, this historical fiction examines the struggles of a woman fighting for her family’s survival during the Dust Bowl era.
5. “The Sanatorium” by Sarah Pearse: This psychological thriller takes place in an isolated mountain resort that hides a dark past. When a detective arrives to solve a murder, she must confront her own demons while dealing with an uncooperative staff and guests.
6. “No One Is Talking About This” by Patricia Lockwood: This debut novel explores our obsession with social media and the impact it has on our lives, as it follows a protagonist who is torn between a virtual world and the real one.
7. “Empire of Pain” by Patrick Radden Keefe: This gripping non-fiction book offers an in-depth look into the Sackler dynasty, their role in the opioid crisis, and their extensive wealth and power.
8. “The Code Breaker” by Walter Isaacson: This biography delves into the life and work of Jennifer Doudna, a scientist who co-invented CRISPR, the revolutionary gene-editing tool that could change the course of medicine.
9. “First Person Singular” by Haruki Murakami: This collection of short stories explores the themes of memory, identity, and the power of storytelling through the eyes of a first-person narrator.
10. “Broken Horses” by Brandi Carlile: In this memoir, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter opens up about her life, her music, and her journey of self-discovery from her humble beginnings in the Pacific Northwest to the world stage.
Whether you’re looking for a thrilling adventure, a thought-provoking read, or simply a good story, these 10 must-read books of the year have something for everyone. So, curl up with a book and get lost in a world of imagination and discovery.