After offering digital crates exclusively for over a year, the New York Public Library reopened all of its locations last summer. Many customers rushed to their local branch, while others were happy to continue borrowing e-books from home. Regardless of what format they entered, these were the top NYPL cases of 2021.
The most borrowed book in the system last year was The half that passes out. Brit Bennet’s novel is a multigenerational story of a black family living in America in the 20th century. This is the second year in a row that the book has topped the NYPL year-end list.
Arrive at n ° 2 east Mexican gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s gothic horror novel set in 1950s Mexico. Other popular reads this year include Klara and the sun: a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, A promised land by Barack Obama, and Caste: the origins of our discontent by Isabel Wilkerson.
“This year’s best cases document what NYPL clients were reading as they began to turn the page on a difficult historical chapter,” NYPL President Anthony W. Marx said in a statement. “These are the books they chose when they returned to their premises. libraries, to read on their first trip in months, to keep them company as they resume their travels.
You can read the full list of the 10 best crates of 2021 below. Here are some other titles to consider if you need inspiration for next year’s playlist.
- The Vanishing Half: a novel // Brit Bennett
- Mexican gothic // Silvia Moreno-Garcia
- Klara and the sun: a novel // Kazuo Ishiguro
- A promised land // Barack Obama
- Caste: the origins of our discontent // Isabel Wilkerson
- The guest list: a novel // Lucy Foley
- Where the crayfish sing // Delia Owens
- Maybe you should talk to someone: a therapist, their therapist and our lives revealed // Lori Gottlieb
- The other black girl: a novel // Zakiya Dalila Harris
- Malibu Rising: a novel // Taylor Jenkins Reid