Year-End Lists

A hand-curated, browsable index of notable year-end lists. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its author, at the source.

2021

Economist: The Best Books of 2021

29 December 2021

The Economist: The Best Books of 2021

[see also 2012]

Politics and current affairs

History

Biography and memoir

Culture and ideas

Fiction

Economics and business

Science and technology

Electric Lit: Favorite Nonfiction Books of 2021

28 December 2021

Girlhood - Melissa Febos

Electric Lit: Favorite Nonfiction Books of 2021

[see also Favorite Novels of 2021Favorite Nonfiction Books of 2020Favorite Novels of 202015 Best Novels of 201915 Best Nonfiction Books of 2019]

The Top 3 Nonfiction Books of the Year

Other Nonfiction Favorites

Electric Lit: Favorite Novels of 2021

28 December 2021

Intimacies - Katie Kitamura

Electric Lit: Favorite Novels of 2021

[see also Favorite Nonfiction Books of 2021Favorite Nonfiction Books of 2020Favorite Novels of 202015 Best Novels of 201915 Best Nonfiction Books of 2019]

The Top 3 Novels of the Year

Other Favorite Novels

Lit Hub: Our 48 Favorite Books of 2021

28 December 2021

Crossroads - Jonathan Franzen

Literary Hub: Our 48 Favorite Books of 2021

[see also Our 65 Favorite Books of 2020The 20 Best Novels of the 2010sThe 20 Best Works of Nonfiction of the 2010sFavorite Books of 2018]

Atlantic: The 20 Best Books of 2021

28 December 2021

Assembly - Natasha Brown

The Atlantic: The 20 Best Books of 2021

[see also 2019]

Parade Magazine: 40 Best Books of 2021

28 December 2021

Great Circle - Maggie Shipstead

Parade Magazine: 40 Best Books of 2021

New Statesman: Best Books of 2021

21 December 2021

Orwell's Roses - Rebecca Solnit

New Statesman: Best Books of 2021

Non-fiction

Fiction

Los Angeles Times: Bethanne Patrick: The 5 Best Novels of 2021

17 December 2021

Early Morning Riser - Katherine Heiny

Bethanne Patrick: The 5 Best Novels of 2021, as published by The Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times: Mary Ann Gwinn: The 5 Best Nonfiction Books of 2021

17 December 2021

The Agitators - Dorothy Wickenden

Mary Ann Gwinn: The 5 Best Nonfiction Books of 2021, as published by The Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times: Mark Athitakis: The 5 Best Fiction Books of 2021

17 December 2021

Afterparties - Anthony Veasna So

Mark Athitakis: The 5 Best Fiction Books of 2021, as published by The Los Angeles Times