Now that we are nearing the end of the year, we wanted to share a roundup of our favourite titles of 2021. The books below (in no particular order) have made us laugh and cry, reflect and marvel, and most of all—lose track of time—a welcome reprieve in a year of lockdowns. We hope they will bring similar joys for you. We are always on the hunt for new recommendations so share yours in the comments below!
People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry: Master of the read-in-one-gulp romance genre, this novel of old-friends-turned-lovers follows up her previous success Beach Read, with a familiar-but-fresh escapist vibe. You’ll close the book with a smile after a day well spent.
Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty: This Australian queen of domestic noir’s star continues to rise with her latest tautly-woven mystery, already in development for a new TV limited series with all our favourite A-listers on board.
The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz: Easily one of the most creative thrillers of recent years, this novel will make every writer squirm with recognition at the drudgery, the envy, and the sublime success contained in a writing life, often at the same time.
The Apollo Murders by Chris Hadfield: Canadian astronaut Hadfield has turned his eye to a mash-up space opera and Cold War thriller. I mean, who better than him? Delight in Hadfield’s attention to technical detail. Perfect reading for long winter nights.
What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad: Winner of the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize, this novel covers the global refugee crisis through the eyes of two children. Keep your tissues close by—to call it a “tear-jerker” is an understatement.
Think Again by Adam Grant: The latest from one of the most celebrated organizational psychologists working today, Grant gives us plenty of evidence for why we don’t need to know everything and how unlearning helps foster more creativity and confidence.
These Precious Days by Ann Patchett: Ann slays all day with this deeply personal essay collection. If you have never read her work, do yourself a favour and read this one. You will be moved and inspired by her ability to transcend the ordinary.
We All Play by Julie Flett: A beautiful story of children and animals at play highlights the interconnection between us and the natural world. In the backmatter, find a glossary of Cree words along with a link for the audio pronunciations.
Eyes that Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho, illustrated by Dung Ho: A sweet and lyrical tale of a young girl finding the beauty in her heritage, celebrating diversity and self-love. A must read.
Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley: This title ruled the bestseller lists of 2021. A brilliant YA about a Native American teen who has the amateur detective skills to rival the FBI. Read it before the Netflix series comes out.