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Top Reads of 2021


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Leah, Queen's Square | January 26, 2022

Hey Cambridge! Want to know what your friends and neighbours are reading? What about the most-read books that adults, teens and kids were reading in 2021?

Here then are the books of the year chosen by you!

When it comes to fiction, the perennial big names still come out on top: Kristin Hannah’s Four Winds, John Grisham’s Sooley and Linwood Barclay’s Find You First all made the top ten. Historical fiction featuring female leads continues to be strong with Kate Quinn’s Rose Code and Sarah Penner’s Lost Apothecary, while psychological thrillers show no signs of slowing down with Laura Dave’s Last Thing He Told Me on the list.

In non-fiction, biographies dominate with Fred Sasakamoose’s Call Me Indian, Suleika Jaouad’s Between Two Kingdoms, and Walter Isaacson’s Code Breaker all well placed in the top ten.

Malcolm Gladwell’s Bomber Mafia, which looks at the efficacy and ethics of bombing approaches during WWII, made the number one spot, while health remains an important touch point with Keep Sharp, Hooked, and What Happened to You?  making the cut.

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