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October 24, 2021

Online "Best of 2021" Book Lists

For the fourteenth straight year, I am aggregating every online year-end book list I find in this post. As the lists appear online, I will add them to this master list, updating regularly.

Please feel free to e-mail me with a magazine, newspaper, or other online list I have missed.

Daily updates to the master list of online "best books of 2021" lists.

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Online "Best of 2021" Book Lists:

100 Scope Notes (favorite books)
2 Cents of a Tween (favorite books)
2 Women, So Many Books (favorite books)
746 Books (favourite books by Irish writers)
746 Books (favourite new books)

The A.V. Club (favorite books)
The A.V. Club (best pop culture books)
AARP (authors' top books)
Abe Books (best books)
Adam Grant (favorite books)
Adjacent Possible (books)
Adventure Is Out There (best travel books)
Adventures of a Bibliophile (favorite books)
Advisor Perspectives (best investment books)
AEI (best books)
The Afictionado (best books)
African Arguments (best African books)
Afrocritik (notable African books)
AIGA Eye on Design (best design books)
Air & Space Magazine (best children's books)
Air Mail (best books)
Akron-Summit County Public Library (best celebrity cookbooks)
Akron-Summit County Public Library (best cookbooks)
Akron-Summit County Public Library (best nonfiction)
Akron-Summit County Public Library (best picture books)
Akron-Summit County Public Library (best true crime books)
Alla Ponomarera (favorite books)
The Almost Anthropologist (favorite books)
already & not yet (best books)
Alyssa Milano (favorite books)
Amanda J. McGee (favorite books)
Amazon (best biographies and memoirs)
Amazon (best books)
Amazon (best business and leadership books)
Amazon (best children's books)
Amazon (best cookbook, food and wine books)
Amazon (best history books)
Amazon (best literature and fiction)
Amazon (best mysteries and thrillers)
Amazon (best nonfiction)
Amazon (best romance books)
Amazon (best science books)
Amazon (best science fiction and fantasy)
Amazon (best teen and young adult books)
Amazon Book Review (books by Native American authors)
American Birding Association (best bird books)
Amor Towles (best books)
Amy Leigh Reads (favourite books)
Amy Leigh Reads (most surprising books)
An Post Book Awards (best Irish sports books)
Analytics India (best AI books)
Anchorage Daily News (favorite books from the North)
Andrew Blackman (best books)
Angel Reads (best books)
Angela Lashbrook (best books)
Angry Angel Books (best books)
Anjugation (best books)
Anne Enright (favourite books)
Annie Windholz (best books)
Another Book on the Shelf (best books)
Anthony Avina (top books)
April Davila (best books)
APS Photobook Competition (best photobooks)
Arlington Heights Memorial Library (favorite books)
Ars Technica (books)
ARTnews (best art books)
Arthur C Clarke Award (best science fiction)
Ashley Danyew (best books)
The Atlantic (best books)
Atlantic (best books)
The AU Review (best books)
Audie Awards (best audiobooks)
Austens and Alcotts (best books)
Austin Chronicle (top books)
Australian Financial Review (best cookbooks)
AutoCar (best books for car enthusiasts)
Autostraddle (best witchy books)
Autostraddle (best queer books)
Avani Gregg (best books)
awordofdreams (best books)

Baillie Gifford Prize (best nonfiction books)
The Balance (best personal finance books)
Bank Square Books/Savoy Bookshop & Cafe (best books)
Bank Street (best children's book lists)
Barack Obama (best books)
Barnes and Noble (best biographies)
Barnes and Noble (best books)
Barnes and Noble (best books for young readers)
Barnes and Noble (best cookbooks)
Barnes and Noble (best fiction)
Barnes and Noble (best history books)
Barnes and Noble (best manga series)
Barnes and Noble (best mysteries and thrillers)
Barnes and Noble (best personal growth books)
Barnes and Noble (best picture books)
Barnes and Noble (best romance)
Barnes and Noble (best science fiction and fantasy)
Barnes and Noble (best science & nature books)
Barnes and Noble (best teens & YA books)
Barnes and Noble (best YA & Teens Adventure books)
The Bashful Bookworm (best books)
BBC Good Food (best books)
BBC History Magazine (best books for history lovers)
BBC Science Focus (best smart thinking books)
Because Reading (top books)
Becky Krystal (best baking cookbooks)
Before We Go Blog (best books)
Behavioral Scientist (notable books)
vBelt Magazine (best Rust Belt books)
Ben Rothke (best information security books)
Berkeleyside (best books)
Best Thrillers (best thriller books)
BET (best books)
Bethanne Patrick (best novels)
Better (best cookbooks)
Better Questions (best books)
Between Kingdoms (best books)
Beverly Public Library (favorite books)
Beyond the Bookends (best books)
Biblical Reasoning (favorite books)
Bibliolifestyle (best books)
Biblioracle (favorite fiction)
Biblioracle (best nonfiction)
Bill Gates (favorite books)
Billy Porter (favorite books)
Black Book Lady (top books)
BLACKOUT (best books)
Bloody Flicks (essential books)
Bloomberg (best books)
Bloomberg (best books)
Bloomberg (best nonfiction books)
Bloomfield Township Public Library (favorite picture books)
Blue Willow Bookshop (best books)
Bluestocking Review (best books)
Bob on Books (best books)
Bob Wriedt (favorite books)
Bobby Hall (favorite books)
The Bobsphere (best books)
Bon Appetit (cookbooks)
Book Beat - Tom Bowden (top books)
Book Bliss (top books)
Book Coffee Happy (best books)
The Book Diva's Reads (best books)
Book & Film Globe (best music books)
Book & Film Globe (most superlative science fiction)
The Book Decoder (best books)
The Book Decoder (best cozy mysteries in a series)
The Book Decoder (best cozy mystery series debuts)
The Book Decoder (best police procedural books)
The Book Decoder (best thrillers)
Book Fever (favorite books)
The Book Girls' Guide (readers' favorite books)
The Book House Blog (best books)
The Book Lover's Sanctuary (best books)
Booklover Book Reviews (best books)
Book of the Month Club (best books)
Book Riot (best books)
Book Riot (best children's books)
Book Riot (best genre-bending nonfiction)
Book Riot (best picture books)
Book Riot (favorite YA books)
Book Riot (great YA comics)
The Book Table (best books)
Bookforum (writers' favorite books)
Bookish Beck (best fiction and poetry books)
The Bookish Libra (favorite books)
Booklist (amazing audiobooks for young adults)
Booklist (best adult genre fiction)
Booklist (best fiction for young adults)
Booklist (notable books)
Booklist (top biographies)
Booklist (top biography & memoir for youth)
Booklist (top book group books)
Booklist (top books on the environment & sustainability)
Booklist (top books on the environment & sustainability for youth)
Booklist (top crafts & hobby books)
Booklist (top crime fiction)
Booklist (top crime fiction debuts)
Booklist (top first novels)
Booklist (top first novels for youth)
Booklist (top first novels on audio)
Booklist (top food books)
Booklist (top graphic novels)
Booklist (top graphic novels for youth)
Booklist (top graphic novels for teens)
Booklist (top health & wellness books)
Booklist (top health & wellness books)">Booklist (top health & wellness books for youth)
Booklist (top historical fiction)
Booklist (top historical fiction for youth)
Booklist (top historical fiction on audio)
Booklist (top memoirs)
Booklist (top middle-grade audiobooks)
Booklist (top mystery & thriller on audio)
Booklist (top mysteries for youth)
Booklist (top novels for tweens)
Booklist (top romance debuts)
Booklist (top romance fiction)
Booklist (top romance for youth)
Booklist (top series nonfiction)
Booklist (top reference books)
Booklist (top SF/fantasy & horror)
Booklist (top SF/fantasy & horror debuts)
Booklist (top SF/fantasy & horror debuts for youth)
Booklist (top SF/fantasy & horrorfor youth)
Booklist (top sports and recreation books)
Booklist (top sports books for youth)
Booklist (top women's fiction)
Booklist (top women's fiction on audio)
Booklist Queen (best books)
BookPage (best fiction)
BookPage (best middle-grade and chapter books)
BookPage (best mystery & suspense books)
BookPage (best nonfiction)
BookPage (best picture books)
BookPage (best romance)
BookPage (best science fiction & fantasy books)
BookPage (best young adult books)
BookPage (most heartwarming books)
BookPage (readers' favorite books)
BookPage (readers' favorite YA novels)
Bookreporter (reviewers' favorite books)
Books & Books (favorite book)
Books and Hooks (favorite books)
Books, Bones & Buffy (best science fiction books)
Books on the 7:47 (top books)
Books, Please (best books)
Books With Wings (favorite books)
booksaremyfavoriteandbest (best books)
Bookshop Santa Cruz (best books)
Bookstacked (best YA books)
Booktopia (best biographies)
Booktopia (best beautiful books)
Booktopia (best crime and thriller books)
Booktopia (best food & drink books)
Booktopia (best international fiction)
Booktopia (best kids & YA books)
Booktopia (best non-fiction)
Booktopia (notable Australian fiction)
A Bookworm Paradise (favorite books)
The Bookwyrm's Hoard (best books)
Borg (best books)
Boston Globe (best books)
Boxing Scene (boxing books)
Brian Heys (top books)
Brian Stewart (best cookbooks for family cooks)
Brightly (best picture books)
Brightly (best young adult books)
Brin's Book Blog (best books)
Bringing Back Becca (favorite books)
Brittle Paper (notable African books)
Brooklyn Rail (best art books)
BState (best change management books)
Bucks County Community Library (best books)
Bullfrag (best books)
BuzzFeed (best books)
Business Insider (best books by Native authors)
BuzzFeed (best books by trans, genderqueer and nonbinary authors)
BuzzFeed (best LGBTQ+ books)
BuzzFeed (best young adult books)
BuzzFeed (photo books)

Cal Flyn (best novels)
California Reading (favorite books)
Cambridge Public Library (favorite books)
Carl Gregg (best books)
Carnegie Scholars (best books)
Carpe Librum (top books)
The Catholic World Report (best books)
CBC (best Canadian middle-grade and YA books)
CBS News (notable LGBTQ books)
Celadon Books (favorite fiction)
Celadon Books (favorite nonfiction)
Charise Jewell (top books)
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library (best books)
Chelsey Louise (favorite books)
Chicago Public Library (best board books)
Chicago Public Library (best books)
Chicago Public Library (best top books)
Chicago Public Library (best fiction for older readers)
Chicago Public Library (best fiction for younger readers)
Chicago Public Library (best informational books for older readers)
Chicago Public Library (best informational books for younger readers)
Chicago Public Library (best picture books)
Chicago Public Library (best teen graphic novels and manga)
Chicago Public Library (best teen nonfiction)
Chicago Public Library (best teen fiction)
Chicago Public Library (los mejores libros en españo)
Chicago Reader (best Chicago books)
Chicago Tribune (best books)
Chloe's Not Scared (best horror books)
Choosing Therapy (best books on codependency)
Christchurch City Libraries (best books)
Christian Science Monitor (best books)
Churched (favorite books)
Cincinatti Business Courier (favorite books)
Civil Eats (food and farming books)
Civil War Monitor (best Civil War books)
Cleveland Plain Dealer (sports books)
Cleveland Public Library (best books)
Clint Schnekloth (best books)
CLMP (fiction)
CNN Style (best books)
Coffee and Denim (top books)
Colorado Sun (best books)
Colossal (favorite books)
Colours of Us (best multicultural young adult books)
The College Crowd Digs Me (favorite books)
Common Sense Media (best books)
Compulsive Readers (top books)
The Conscious Cat (top cat books)
Concrete Islands (top books)
Confer (top books)
The Contractor Fight (favorite business books)
The Cosmic Companion (best astronomy books)
Cosmopolitan (nonfiction books)
Coveteur (best books)
The Creative Life of Liz (top books)
Crime Fiction Lover (top books)
CrimeReads (best true crime books)
CSMCL (best books)
Cultured Vultures (best books)
Cultured Vultures (best books)
cup of tea with that book, please (best children's books)
cup of tea with that book, please (best mysteries & thrillers)
The Current (best music books)

The Daily Coach (favorite books)
A Daily Dose of Architecture Books (favourite architecture books)
Daily Maverick (essential books)
Dallas Morning News (best books)
Dandelion Chandelier (best new novels and non-fiction books)
Daniel Stalter (favorite books)
Dashhouse (best books)
David Chang (favorite books)
Debutiful (best debut books)
Den of Geek (best books)
Derby Telegraph (best books)
Derek Beaulieu (most engaging books)
Desi Books (books by writers of South Asian origin)
Desultory Notes (best books)
Diamond's Literary World (best books)
The Diamondback (books)
Diana Gabaldon (favorite books)
Diane Coyle (best economics books)
The Dirt (best books)
Distractify (best young adult books)
Double Skinny Macchiatto (top books)
Drew Barrymore (favorite cookbooks)

Echoes of Em (best books)
Ecolit Books (best environmental books)
Econogal (favorite books)
Economist (best books)
Edinburgh Library (favourite books)
Electric Literature (best book covers)
Edwardsville Public Library (favorite books)
Electric Literature (favorite nonfiction)
Electric Literature (favorite novels)
Electric Literature (favorite short story collections)
Eli Whitney Museum (best books)
Elizabeth Day (favourite books)
Ella Dawson (favorite books)
Elle McNicoll (favourite books)
emandherbooks (top books)
Emily P. Freeman (best books)
Emma Straub (top books)
EMS1 (can't-miss books for public safety leaders)
Entertainment Weekly (best books)
Entropy (best fiction)
Entropy (best nonfiction books)
Entropy (best poetry books)
Erie Reader (best books)
Esot-eric (favorite books)
Esquire (best books)
Esquire Spain (best books)
The Estuary (favorite books)
Evening Standard (best celebrity cookbooks)
Evening Standard (best books for children)
Evening Standard (best novels)
The Everygirl (favourite books)

Faery Travel (top books)
Fairbanks Daily News-Minor (favorite Alaska books)
Faithful Devotion (best books)
Fangirl Fury (best books)
Fansided (best sports books)
Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé (favourite books)
Fated Mates (best romance novels)
Fated Reviews (top books)
The Federalist (notable books)
Fiendfully Reading (favourite books)
Film School Rejects (best comic books)
Financial Times (best audio books)
Financial Times (best books by Financial Times writers)
Financial Times (best business books)
Financial Times (best children's books)
Financial Times (best classical music books)
Financial Times (best climate and environment books)
Financial Times (best crime fiction)
Financial Times (best economics books)
Financial Times (best fiction)
Financial Times (best architecture & design books)
Financial Times (best fiction in translation)
Financial Times (best food & drink books)
Financial Times (best history books)
Financial Times (best literary nonfiction)
Financial Times (best poetry books)
Financial Times (best politics books)
Financial Times (best pop music books)
Financial Times (best science books)
Financial Times (best science fiction books)
Financial Times (best sport books)
Financial Times (best style books)
Financial Times (best technology books)
Financial Times (best thrillers)
Financial Times (best travel books)
Financial Times (best visual arts books)
Financial Times (best young adult books)
Financial Times (critics' best books)
Financial Times (readers' favourite books)
Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year (business books)
FiveBooks (best audiobooks)
FiveBooks (best books for teens)
FiveBooks (best conservation books)
FiveBooks (best politics books)
FiveBooks (best thrillers)
Flying Off the Bookshelf (favorite books)
Food Network (best baking cookbooks)
Food Network (best cookbooks)
The Food Programme (best books)
Forbes (best business books)
Forbes (best higher education books)
Forbes (notable illustrated music books)
Forbes (top business books)
Foreign Policy (best books)
Fortune (best books)
Fortune (best business books)
Fountain Bookstore (best books)
Full Circle Endurance (top nonfiction books)
Full Stop (best books)

Gabrielle Union (favorite books)
Gail Marie (favorite books)
Garden & Gun (favorite books)
Garden & Gun (favorite cookbooks)
Gastrogays (best cookbooks)
GateCrasher (top books)
Geauga Public Library (favorite books)
Geek Girl Authority (favorite fantasy books)
Geek Girl Authority (best sci-fi books)
Geographical (top books)
The Gilmore Guide to Books (best books)
Glamour (best books)
Glamour UK (best cookbooks)
Glasgow Times (best books)
Globe and Mail (best business books)
Globe and Mail (best wine and spirits books)
Globe and Mail (books)
GoBookMart (best debut books)
Good Books (favourite books)
Good Housekeeping UK (best books)
Goodreads (best debut novels)
Goodreads (best fantasy)
Goodreads ( best fiction)
Goodreads (best graphic novels & comics)
Goodreads (best historical fiction)
Goodreads (best history & biography)
Goodreads (best horror)
Goodreads (best humor)
Goodreads (best memoir & autobiography)
Goodreads (best middle-grade & fantasy books)
Goodreads (best mystery & thriller)
Goodreads (best nonfiction)
Goodreads (best poetry)
Goodreads (best romance)
Goodreads (best science fiction)
Goodreads (best young adult fantasy)
Goodreads (best young adult fiction)
Goop (best books)
The Gospel Coalition (top books)
The Gospel Coalition - Kevin DeYoung (favorite books)
Gospel Relevance (best books)
Gourmet Traveller (best cookbooks)
The Growth Equation (top books)
GQ India (best Indian non-fiction books)
GQ UK (best cookbooks)
Grace Ji-Sun Kim (important theology books)
Great British Food Awards (best cookbooks)
Greater Good (best books)
Greatest Escapist (top books)
Greenville Journal (best books)
GrimDARK (best dark SFF)
Growing Book By Book (favorite kids' books)
The Growth Equation (best books for sustainable success and well-being)
Guardian (best art books)
Guardian (best Australian books)
Guardian (best biographies & memoirs)
Guardian (best books)
Guardian (best children's books)
Guardian (best children's & YA books)
Guardian (best comics & graphic novels)
Guardian (best crime books & thrillers)
Guardian (best fiction)
Guardian (best food books)
Guardian (best food books)
Guardian (best graphic novels)
Guardian (best music books)
Guardian (best photography books)
Guardian (best photography books)
Guardian (best poetry collections)
Guardian (best politics books)
Guardian (best science books)
Guardian (best science fiction & fantasy books)
Guardian (sport books)
Guardian (guest authors' best books)

Hachette Book Group (best books)
Happy Foodie (best cookbooks)
Harper's Bazaar Australia (best books)
The Headteacher's Blog (best books)
Helping Writers Become Authors (top books)
Here & Now (cookbooks)
Herrick District Library - Miss Aaryn (favorite picture books)
HiggyPop (must-read paranormal and supernatural books)
Highbrow Magazine (best books)
The Hill (top political books)
The Hill Times (best books)
The Hindu (top fiction)
Hindustan Times (favourite books)
Hip Latina (best books)
History from a Woman's Perspective (favorite books)
Hodinkee (best watch books)
Hooked on Bookz (top books)
The House (Parliamentarians' best books)
Hudson Booksellers (best books)

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