They’re here! We’ve gathered our favorite books of 2021 across genres, and there’s no doubt: it’s been an amazing year in books. Whether you want to laugh, cry, learn, be cozy, or be challenged, there’s something in here for you. Happy browsing!
We checked the reader hive-mind for the most popular bookish items in the past year, and we’ve collected them all together in our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide! Whether you’re looking for affordable stocking stuffers or extravagant collectibles, booknerd jewelry or customizable gifts, we’ve got all your favorites organized by price and ready for shopping. Happy gifting!
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Bestselling authors Natalie D. Richards and Darcy Coates bring us stories that chill us to the bone and keep us up all night reading—haunting reads perfect for Halloween!
A hitched ride home in a snowstorm turns sinister when one of the passengers is plotting for the ride to end in disaster in New York Times bestseller Five Total Strangers.
From USA Today bestselling gothic horror author Darcy Coates comes The Haunting of Leigh Harker, a chilling story of a quiet house on a forgotten suburban lane that hides a deadly secret…
Welcome back, ghosts, ghouls, and goblins, to the Haunted Riot! Whether you’re looking for full-on spine-tingling reads, just a touch of hair-raising horror, or are a spooky season novice, our writers have been brewing up posts that should suit.
Want some feel-good horror, or perhaps books rated Safe For Scaredy-Cats? Perhaps you need read-alikes for your favorite horror movies, or a travel guide to the most haunted bookish places around the world. Maybe you’ve got your thinking cap on and want to contemplate the popularity of gothic horror, or the enduring appeal of Stephen King to teenagers. Perhaps haunting queer tales are more likely to float your (ghostly pirate) boat. Pick your poison, and enter if you dare!
From the author of the beloved national bestseller Migrations, a pulse-pounding new novel set in the wild Scottish Highlands.
“So damn good. A page-turner that makes you think and has a huge emotional impact.” -Jeff VanderMeer, New York Times bestselling author of Annihilation (via Twitter)
Calling all nature-lovers, whether you’re a camping pro, always down to get dirty, or prefer to enjoy the view from a distance and ideally indoors, thanks very much! Today we’re exploring everything from ecofiction to sustainability, hopepunk to Indigenous nature-writing, environmental themes for kids to murder in the wild, and beyond. Come along for the ride, won’t you?
Stumped on summer reading? Never fear, Book Riot is here! We’ve selected the best books of the year so far, and trust us: you need these.
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You are cordially invited to the wedding of the decade, when Christian Grey will make Anastasia Steele his wife. But is he really husband material? His dad is unsure, his brother wants to organize one helluva bachelor party, and his fiancée won’t vow to obey… Their passion for each other burns hotter than ever, but Ana’s defiant spirit continues to stir Christian’s darkest fears and tests his need for control. As old rivalries and resentments endanger them both, one misjudgment threatens to tear them apart. Can Christian overcome his childhood nightmares, and save himself? Can Christian finally be freed?
Do you love a good love story? Do you hate pining but can’t get enough enemies-to-lovers — or vice versa? Maybe you’re all about unrequited love, or only want happy endings. We’re here for all of it, and we’re talking about all of it today! Come join us: we’ve got romantic queer SF/F, a deep dive into Anna Karenina, poetry, recs for your Enneagram Type, and much, much more. Heart-eyes in 3, 2, 1…
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It’s Children’s Book Week, the longest running literacy initiative in the US, and we’re celebrating all week long! We’re talking parents in middle grade fiction, indestructible books (because we know how helpful those are), adaptations, cooking with kids, marginalized main characters, and so much more.
Our coverage begins today and continues through-out the week, so make sure to check back. Here’s to all the kids, and the kids in all of us!
New year, new books to get excited about! Please join us as we explode our TBRs, make grabby hands, and preorder Book Riot’s most anticipated books of 2021.
Need some last-minute ideas for bookish gifts? We’ve got you covered, with these favorite items from our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide!
I Will Judge You by Your Bookshelf by Grant Snider
Book lovers are a wonderful if not slightly judgmental bunch—at least when it comes to other people’s bookshelves. This is a delightful and humorous collection of comics about the joys of being a book lover, from collecting large amounts of books to (sometimes) getting around to reading them. ($16.99)
If you’re looking for a small gift for a gift exchange or just something really cute to slip into a book for someone, this adorable bookmark is just the thing! It depicts a snowy, cozy winter scene and is printed on heavy linen cardstock. It reads, “Let it snow, I’ll be inside reading.” You can buy individual bookmarks, or sets so that you can gift one to all your friends or book club members. ($4.75)
If you know someone who has an ereader or is getting one this holiday season, these classic Kindle covers make a fantastic gift. They transform your reading tech into a classic leather-bound look-alike book. You can pick from classic titles or choose something a little more anonymous, and you can even personalize the inside! ($37)
For the person on your list who loves poetry, gift this white and gold enamel pin set featuring lines of poetry from some famous female poets, from Maya Angelou, Sappho, Qiu Jin, Anne Brontë, and Sylvia Plath. These pins make striking accessories for any feminist poetry lover! ($42)
For someone on your list with space concerns, this multipurpose bookend/planter is so clever and stylish! It’s made out of ceramic and comes in a variety of colors, and it’s sturdy enough to hold up your books while also containing a plant—or utensils, if you want to use it in the kitchen with cookbooks! Really, it’s so versatile that you might want one for yourself, too. ($46)
Welcome, readers, to our guide to the best books of 2020. Whether they were buzzy or lost in the shuffle, prize-winners or under the radar, we’ve assembled the books from 2020 you must not miss. Dive on in!