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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

These Are the Best Novels to Read

No matter what else happened, 2021 was a banner year for incredible novels. 2021 has brought us some amazing novels that shifted our perspectives, uncovered essential truths, and encouraged us forward. Throughout the year, we’ve been updating you on the best novels our editors and writers have read, we’re sharing our final verdicts, and offering some great reads for the slowed-down days and weeks ahead. Rather than a definitive “best of the list,” this is simply what we’ve loved this year—and we hope that you do too.

Best Novels to Read of 2021

TitleAuthor
Great CircleMaggie Shipstead
Infinite CountryPatricia Engel
SankofaChibundu Onuzo
The Four WindsKristin Hannah
What’s Mine And YoursNaima Coster
The Lincoln HighwayAmor Towles
Cloud Cuckoo LandAnthony Doerr
Harlem ShuffleColson Whitehead
Our Country FriendsGary Shteyngart
CrossroadsJohnathan Franzen
Count the WaysJoyce Maynard
Klara and the SunKazuo Ishiguro
Dava Shastri’s Last DayKirthana Ramisetti
The SentenceLouise Erdrich
What Storm, What ThunderMyriam J.A. Chancy
BewildermentRichard Powers
The ProphetsRobert Jones R
The Book of Form and EmptinessRuth Ozeki
Beautiful World, Where Are YouSally Rooney
How LuckyWill Leitch
The Lincoln HighwayAmor Towles
The Lost ApothecarySaram Penner
Fault LinesEmily Itami
The Paper PalaceMiranda Cowley Heller
Beautiful World, Where Are YouSally Rooney
BewildermentRichard Powers
Cloud Cuckoo LandAnthony Doerr
Harlem ShuffleColson Whitehead
The SentenceLouise Erdrich
The Other Black GirlZakiya Dalila Harris
the Seed KeeperDiane Wilson
Mary JaneJessica Anya Blau
The Rib KingLadee Hubbard
What You Can See From HereMariana Leky
Sorrow and BlissMeg Mason
The Five WoundsKirstin Valdez Quade
Cloud Cuckoo LandAnthony Doerr
MatrixLauren Groff
The SentenceLouise Erdrich
Detransition, BabyTorrey Peters
Harlem ShuffleColson Whitehead
The love Songs of W.E.B. Du BoisHonoree Fanonne Jeffers
The CommittedViet Thanh Nguyen
I love You But I’ve Chosen DarknessClaire Vaye Watkins
Milk FedMelissa Broder
The AtmospheriansAlex McElroy
Concrete RoseAngie Thomas
Harlem ShuffleColson Whitehead
the Final Revival of Opal & NevDawnie Walton
PalmaresGayl Jones
VirtueHermione Hoby
How Beautiful We WereImbolo Mbue
RepreiveJames Han Mattson
A Calling for Charlie BarnesJoshua Ferris
HarrowJoy Williams
LibertieKaitlyn Greenidge
Early Morning RiserKatherne Heiny
Klara and the SunKazuo Ishiguro
MatrixLauren Groff
Fake AccountsLauren Oyler
Great CircleMaggie Shipstead
AppleseedMatt Bell
What’s Mine and YoursNaima Coster
No One is Talking About ThisPatricia Lockwood
Infinite CountryPatrician Engel
MonaPola Oloixarac
NightbitchRachel Yoder
Beautiful World, Where Are YouSally Rooney
Detransition, BabyTorrey Peters
The Other Black GirlZakiya Dalila Harris
The Last Thing He Told MeLaura Dave
The MaidensAlex Michaelides
LoreAlexandra Bracken
The Love HypothesisAli Hazelwood
Hail MaryAndy Weir
The PushAshley Audrain
One last StopCasey McQuiston
The Spanish Love DeceptionElena Armas
People We Meet on VacationEmily Henry
Klara and the SunKazuo Ishiguro
The Four WindsKristin Hannah
Apples Never FallLiane Moriarty
The Wife UpstairsRachel Hawkins
Beautiful World, Where Are YouSally Rooney
A Court of Silver FlamesSarah J. Maas
The Lost ApothecarySarah Penner
Malibu RisingTaylor Jenkins Reid
MatrixLauren Groff
Second PlaceRachel Cusk
PalmaresGayl Jones
The Book of Form and EmptinessRuth Ozeki
China RoomSunjeev Sahota
A ShockKeither Ridgway
Sorrow and BlissMeg Mason
AssemblyNatasha Brown
The Manningtree witchesAK Blakemore
Treacle WalkerAlan Garner
Cloud Cuckoo LandAnthony Doerr
Open WaterCaleb Azumah Nelson
The Magician
Colm Toibin
Harlem ShuffleColson Whitehead
The PromiseDamon Galgut
Light PerpetualFrancis Spufford
My PhantomsGwendoline Riley
CrossroadsJonathan Franzen
Klara and the SunKazuo Ishiguro
Oh William!Lucy Barton
Painting TimeMaylis de Kerangel
A BurningMegha Majumdar
The Fortune MenNadifa Mohamed
The Books of JacobOlga Tokarczuk
Women of TroyPat Barker
No One is Talking About ThisPatricia Lockwood
How to Kidnap the RichRahul Raina
LusterRaven Leilani
Pity the BeastRobin McLean
Mrs Death Misses DeathSalena Godden
Beautiful World, Where Are YouSally Rooney
The HummingbirdSandro Veronesi
BurntcoatSarah Hall
BinaAnakana Schofield
Damnation SpringAsh Davidson
WaywardDana Spiotta
The Final Revival of Opal & NevDawnie Walton
Winter in SokchoElisa Shua Dusapin
Our Country FriendsGary Shteyngart
The love Songs of W.E.B. Du BoisHonoree Fanonne Jeffers
The FugitivitiesJesse McCarthy
Three RoomsJo Hamya
My MonticelloJocelyn Nicole Johnson
The SentenceLouise Erdrich
No One is Talking About ThisPatricia Lockwood
Second PlaceRachel Cusk
ForegoneRussell Banks
Beautiful World, Where Are YouSally Rooney
Detransition, BabyTorrey Peters
The CommittedViet Thanh Nguyen
Build Your House Around My bodyViolet Kupersmith
SkinshipYoon Choi
The Other Black GirlZakiya Dalila Harris
Hell of a BookJason Mott
Shadow LifeHiromi Goto
Light from Uncommon StarsRyka Aoki
She Who Became the SunShelley Parker-Chan
Act Your Age, Eve BrownTalia Hibbert
All Her Little SecretsWanda M Morris
Beautiful World, Where Are YouSally Rooney
Cloud Cuckoo LandAnthony Doerr
CrossroadsJonathan Franzen
No One is Talking About ThisPatricia Lockwood
The love Songs of W.E.B. Du BoisHonoree Fanonne Jeffers
The SentenceLouise Erdrich
Detransition, BabyTorrey Peters
BewildermentRichard Powers
The MagicianColm Toibin
WaywardDana Spiotta
Our Country FriendsGary Shteyngart
A Calling for Charlie BarnesJoshua Ferris
One Last StopCasey McQuiston
My Year AbroadChang-rae Lee
The PromiseDamon Galgut
How Beautiful We WereImbolo Mbue
LibertieKaitlyn Greenidge
The ProphetsRobert Jones Jr
Something New Under the SunAlexandra Kleeman
The War for GloriaAtticus Lish
Light PerpetualFrancis Spufford
AppleseedMatt Bell
What Strange ParadiseOmar El Akkad
The TreesPercival Everett
Razorblade TearsS.A. Cosby
Build Your House Around My bodyViolet Kupersmith
The Lincoln HighwayAmor Towles
Invisible ChildAndrea Elliott
Burnt SugarAvni Doshi
When We Cease to Understand the WorldBenjamin Labatut
The Sun CollectiveCharles Baxter
Harlem ShuffleColson Whitehead
Oh William!Elizabeth Strout
The love Songs of W.E.B. Du BoisHonoree Fanonne Jeffers
How Beautiful We WereImbolo Mbue
The Wisteria Society of Lady ScoundrelsIndia Holton
The PlotJean Hanff Korelitz
Ghosts of New YorkJim Lewis
The NetanyahusJoshua Cohen
The Morning StarKarl Ove Nausgaard
IntimaciesKatie Kitamura
IntimaciesKatie Kitamura
Klara and the SunKazuo Ishiguro
Send for MeLauren Fox
No One is Talking About ThisPatricia Lockwood
A Lie Somone Told You About YourselfPeter Ho Davies
Velvet Was the NightSilvia Moreno-Garcia
The Book of MotherViolaine Huisman
Chronicles From the Land of the Happiest People on EarthWole Soyinka
Strange Beasts of ChinaYan Ge
oh WilliamElizabeth Strout
A Passage NorthAnuk Arudpragasam
The Lincoln HighwayAmor Towles
FolklornAngela Mi Young Ha
Cloud Cuckoo LandAnthony Doerr
Filthy AnimalsBrandon Taylor
Dear Miss MetropolitanCarolyn Ferrell
I love You But I’ve Chosen DarknessClare Vaye Watkins
the MagicianColm Toibin
The Liar’s DictionaryEley Williams
PalmaresGayl Jones
Today A women Went Mad in the SupermarketHilma Wolitzer
AbundanceJakob Guanzon
Hell of a BookJason Mott
A Calling for Charlie BarnesJoshua Ferris
The Five WoundsKirstin Valdez Quade
Win me SomethingKyle Lucia Wu
Five Tuesdays in WinterLily King
Last night at the telegraph clubMalinda Lo
Fight NightMiriam Teows
Walking on Cowrie ShellsNana Nkweti
What Strange ParadiseOmar El akkad
No One is Talking About ThisPatricia Lockwood
BewildermentRichard Powers
Night Came With Many StarsSimon Van Booy
China RoomSunjeer Sahota
The CommittedViet Thanh Nguygen
Beautiful World, Where Are YouSally Rooney
The Sweetness of WaterNathan Harris
The Lincoln HighwayAmor Towles
These Precious DaysAnn Patchett
Cloud Cuckoo LandAnthony Doerr
Harlem ShuffleColson Whitehead
CrossroadsJonathan Franzen
IntimaciesKatie Kitamura
The SentenceLouise Erdrich
Great CircleMaggie Shipstead
The Dangers of Smoking in BedMarianna Enriquez
Infinite CountryPatricia Engel
BewildermentRichard Powers
The Man Who Lived UndergroundRichard Wright
New York , My VillageUwem Akpan
Mrs MarchVirgina Feito
The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du BoisHonoree Fanonne Jeffers
Somebody’s DaughterAshley C Ford
The War for GloriaAtticus Lish
WaywardDana Spiotta
A ShockKeith Ridgway
AssemblyNatasha Brown
Second PlaceRachel Cusk
All That She CarriedTiya Miles
Harlem ShuffleColson Whitehead
Klara and the SunKazuo Ishiguro
IntimaciesKatie Kitamura
Who is Maud DixonAlexandra Andrews
Something New Under the SunAlexandra Kleeman
The Lincoln HighwayAmor Towles
Cloud Cuckoo LandAnthony Doerr
AfterpartiesAnthony Veasna So
A Passage NorthAnuk Arudpragasam
Somebody’s DaughterAshley C Ford
The RemovedBrandon Hobson
One last StopCasey McQuiston
My Year AbroadChang-rae Lee
SankofaChibundu Onuzo
The Life of the MindChristine Smallwood
The promiseDamon Galgut
Real EstateDeborah Levy
Oh WilliamElizabeth Strout
Our Country FriendsGary Shetyngart
The Sum of UsHeather McGhee
While we were DatingJasmine Guillory
Hell of a BookJason Mott
SilverviewJohn Le Carre
CrossroadsJonathan Franzen
LibertieKaitlyn Greenidge
Seeing GhostsKat Chow
There’s no Such Thing as An Easy JobKikuko Tsumaura
Seek YouKristen Radtke
The Rib KingLadee Hubbard
MatrixLauren Groll
Great CircleMaggie Shipstead
Acts of DesperationMegan Nolan
Milk FedMelissa Broder
HeavenMieko Kawakanmi
The Sweetness of WaterNathan Harris
The Chosen and the BeautifulNghi Vo
Remote ControlNnedi Okarafor
No one is Talking About ThisPatricia Lockwood
The TreesPercival Everett
Second PlaceRachel Cusk
SorrowlandRivers Solomon
Everyone Knows Your Mother is a WitchRivka Galchen
The ProphetsRobert Jones Jr
The Book of Form and EmptinessRuth Ozeki
Razorblade tearsSA Cosby
Beautiful World, Where Are YouSally Rooney
China RoomSunjeev Sahota
All that She CarriedTiya Miles
Detransition, BabyTorrey Peters
The Other Black GirlZakiya Dalila Harris
The CommittedViet Thanh Nguyen
SilverviewJohn Le Carre
My Year AbroadChang Rae Lee

Agatha of Little NeonClaire Luchette
I love You But I’ve Chosen DarknessClaire Vaye Watkins
the MagicianColm Toibin
WaywardDana Spiotta
I wishedDennis Cooper
GhostsDolly Alderton
Everything I have is YoursEleanor Henderson
The Fourth ChildJessica Winter
CrossroadsJohnathan Franzen
A Calling for Charlie BarnesJoshua Ferris
IntimaciesKatie Kitamura
Klara and the SunKazuo Ishiguro
With TeethKristin Arnett
The Last Thing He Told MeLaura Dave
House of SticksLy Tran
Milk FedMelissa Broder
MisfitsMichela Coel
AftershocksNadia Owusu
NoraNuala O’Connor
Second PlaceRachel Cusk
The Other Black GirlZakiya
Detransition, BabyTorrey Peters
Somebody’s DaughterAshley C Ford
All That She CarriedTiya Miles
CrossroadsJnathan Franzen
Klara and the SunKazuo Ishiguro
MatrixLauren Groff

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