SHE READS
BEST OF 2021

Winners of the 2021 She Reads Awards

Thousands of you voted and the winners are IN. Our annual She Reads Awards are voted on by you – readers and fans – and reflect the books you loved most this year. Here are the winners for the best books of the year in the She Reads Awards.

BEST BOOK OF 2021
BOOK CLUB PICK
BEST COVER
BEST DEBUT
SURPRISE HIT
CONTEMPORARY FICTION
FANTASY & MAGICAL REALISM
HISTORICAL FICTION
LITERARY FICTION
MEMOIR
MYSTERY & THRILLER
NONFICTION
ROMANCE
SCIENCE FICTION
YOUNG ADULT

Best Books of the Year from Our Contributors

All year, we work with reviewers and contributors to curate lists of the top books of the year. These lists reflect the opinions of our contributors and editors. Keep reading for more of the best books of the year!

Most Anticipated Books of 2022

Now that we know the best books of 2021, we’re already getting started on our 2022 TBR list. How about you?

See the most anticipated books of 2022
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Best Book of 2021

WINNER:

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

Best Book Club Pick of 2021

WINNER:

He Gets That From Me by Jacqueline Friedland

Best Book Cover of 2021

WINNER:

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

Best Debut of 2021

WINNER:

The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller

Best Surprise Hit of 2021

WINNER:

The Guncle by Steven Rowley

Best Contemporary Fiction of 2021

WINNER:

Under the Southern Sky by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Best Fantasy & Magical Realism of 2021

WINNER:

Best Historical Fiction of 2021

WINNER:

Best Literary Fiction of 2021

WINNER:

Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia

Best Memoir of 2021

WINNER:

Just As I Am by Cicely Tyson

Best Mystery & Thriller of 2021

WINNER:

Best Nonfiction of 2021

WINNER:

The Code Breaker by Walter Isaacson

Best Romance of 2021

WINNER:

Life’s Too Short by Abby Jimenez

Best Science Fiction of 2021

WINNER:

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Best Young Adult of 2021

WINNER:

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas