The Top 20 Books of 2021

Top 20 Awards Logo For more than two decades, BookBrowse has published an annual list highlighting the best of year titles according to our subscribers, and what excellent taste they have!

Take a look below to see which books made our Top 20 list for 2021 (books are displayed in publication order).

The BookBrowse Best of the Year list is special because only our subscribers are eligible to enter. This is different from other "popular" awards which generally encourage authors and publishers to whip up their own fan bases to vote, which gives an advantage to the authors with the biggest social presence. In addition, instead of just voting for their favorite books, subscribers rate each of the books on the short list that they've read, which evens the playing field between the bestsellers and less widely read titles. After the voting closes, we compile the responses to ascertain the highest rated titles overall. Over 9,000 votes were cast this year, making for a very strong Top 20. Read more about the process.

Thank you to all who took part in the voting and congratulations to this year's Top 20 authors!

Click here to see this year's four Award Winners.

  • The Lincoln Highway
  • Cloud Cuckoo Land
  • Bewilderment
  • Three Girls from Bronzeville
  • The Magician
  • Lightning Strike
  • The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois
  • A Million Things
  • The Forest of Vanishing Stars
  • The Personal Librarian
  • The Secret Keeper of Jaipur
  • The Sweetness of Water
  • Great Circle
  • Project Hail Mary
  • Firekeeper's Daughter
  • The Code Breaker
  • The Phone Booth at the Edge of the World
  • Klara and the Sun
  • A Town Called Solace
  • Stories from Suffragette City

Check out the previous years' winners.

Is it possible to get a list of books without photos. This screen does not print all the titles.
# Posted By Ann Holland | 12/2/21 8:30 AM
Good thinking Ann! Here they are in publication date order:

The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
Bewilderment by Richard Powers
Three Girls from Bronzeville by Dawn Turner
The Magician by Colm Toibin
Lightning Strike by William Kent Krueger
The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honoree Fannone Jeffers
A Million Things by Emily Spurr
The Forest of Vanishing Stars by Kristin Harmel
The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray
The Secret Keeper of Jaipur by Alka Joshi
The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris
Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley
The Code Breaker by Walter Isaacson
The Phone Booth at the Edge of the World by Laura Imai Messina
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson
Stories from Suffragette City by M.J. Rose, Fiona Davis
# Posted By Davina | 12/2/21 9:06 AM
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