As the year comes to a close, it’s time to reflect on some of the best books that have graced our shelves in the past twelve months. Whether you’re a fan of thrillers, romance, non-fiction, or fantasy, there’s been something for everyone to enjoy. Here are our recommendations for the best books of the year, across various genres.
Thriller: “The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides
This psychological thriller has taken the literary world by storm. With its gripping plot and unexpected twists, “The Silent Patient” follows the story of Alicia Berenson, a famous painter who seemingly becomes mute after being accused of murdering her husband. As the therapist assigned to her case tries to unravel the truth, readers are taken on a thrilling journey through secrets and deception.
Romance: “Red, White & Royal Blue” by Casey McQuiston
For those who love a heartwarming love story, “Red, White & Royal Blue” is the perfect pick. This LGBTQ+ romance novel explores the relationship between the First Son of the United States and the Prince of Wales. With witty banter, steamy moments, and a captivating plot, McQuiston’s debut novel will leave readers swooning and believing in the power of love.
Non-fiction: “Educated” by Tara Westover
Tara Westover’s memoir, “Educated,” has garnered critical acclaim for its powerful and inspiring narrative. Born into a strict and isolated family in rural Idaho, Westover never attended school, received medical care, or interacted with the outside world. Against all odds, she manages to escape her upbringing, eventually earning a PhD from Cambridge University. “Educated” is a testament to the transformative power of education and the resilience of the human spirit.
Fantasy: “Ninth House” by Leigh Bardugo
Leigh Bardugo, known for her popular “Grisha” series, delivers an exhilarating adult fantasy novel with “Ninth House.” Set in the secretive world of Yale University’s secret societies, the story follows Galaxy “Alex” Stern, a young woman with a mysterious past who is recruited to monitor the activities of these hidden groups. With dark magic, intricate world-building, and a captivating plot, “Ninth House” is a must-read for fantasy enthusiasts.
Science Fiction: “Recursion” by Blake Crouch
Blake Crouch, the author behind the bestselling “Dark Matter,” returns with another mind-bending science fiction thriller. “Recursion” explores the concept of false memories and the devastating consequences they can have on individuals and the world. With its fast-paced narrative and thought-provoking ideas, Crouch once again proves his mastery of the genre.
Historical Fiction: “The Dutch House” by Ann Patchett
“The Dutch House” by Ann Patchett takes readers on a captivating journey through time as it follows the lives of siblings Danny and Maeve Conroy. Set against the backdrop of a grand mansion in suburban Philadelphia, the novel explores themes of family, loss, and resilience. Patchett’s beautiful prose and compelling characters make “The Dutch House” a standout in historical fiction.
These are just a few of the many exceptional books that have graced bookshelves this year. Whether you’re a fan of thrillers, romance, non-fiction, fantasy, or historical fiction, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. So, grab a cup of tea, cozy up by the fireplace, and dive into the best books of the year. Happy reading!