21 of the Best Books Debuted in 2021

To bring you a list of the best books of 2021, Stacker dove into year-end lists featuring the bests books of the year from vetted publications and analyzed data on popular book-rating sites to get a gauge for 21 books that won out the year in acclaim and popularity. 

‘Beautiful World, Where Are You’ by Sally Rooney

Sally Rooney, who wrote “Normal People” and “Conversations with Friends,” brings readers a tale of four people who do their best to connect in a modern world. Alice, Felix, Eileen, and Simon get together, navigate sex and relationships, break up and try to figure out life.  

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‘Broken’ by Jenny Lawson

By sharing her struggles with both mental and physical health in her most recent book, Jenny Lawson—fondly known by her many fans as “The Bloggess”—continues to prove that we are not alone.  

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‘The Committed’ by Viet Thanh Nguyen

“The Committed” is the sequel to “The Sympathizer,” Viet Thanh Nguyen’s 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Nguyen’s latest novel focuses on the nameless hero as he attempts to find his way in 1980s France with his blood brother and friend, Bon.  

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‘Crossroads’ by Jonathan Franzen

The sixth novel from Jonathan Franzen, “Crossroads” is meant to be the first in a proposed trilogy. It centers on a Midwestern family at a crisis point and takes place almost entirely over the course of a single day during the 1970s. 

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