These are the best books of 2021—destined to become modern classics

Our pick of the best books of 2021 is full of highly addictive reads that will stay with you long after the last page

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With so much exciting new fiction to discover, whittling down the best books for 2021 requires an expert eye. woman&home's books editor, Zoe West, has chosen the new fiction releases every avid reader needs on their list.

From supernatural murder mysteries to powerful historical fiction, 2021 is proving to be another stellar year for books. Our edit of the best new fiction covers a lot of ground, from swashbuckling romance and the best thriller books, to tantalizing sex stories and thought-provoking challenging books everyone should read, plus some groundbreaking new additions to the literary canon. Whether you're a paperback, audiobook, or eReader person (side note—we have a guide to the best eReaders and best Kindles if you're due an upgrade) dive into one of these sensational stories. We're tipping them to be some of the bestselling books of 2021 and beyond. 

Best books of 2021 to put on your reading list

2021's best books so far

There have been some fantastic book releases so far in 2021 and these are just a selection of our favorites. We can't wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for us.

Zoe West

It’s safe to say, woman&home’s Books Editor, Zoe West has read a LOT of books. 

As an avid young bookworm obsessed with the adventures of The Magic Faraway Tree and the misadventures of red-haired orphan, Anne Shirley, Zoe never lost her love of reading - and the fact she now gets to do it as her job is a constant source of wonderment for her.

When Zoe hasn’t got her head stuck in a book she is interviewing authors, hosting live events where she gets all the gossip, and seeking out exciting new writers she can’t wait to tell her readers about. You’ll often find her on twitter @zoeannewest looking for ideas and shouting to anyone who will listen about the books she loves.

In a previous life Zoe planned advertising campaigns for major record companies but these days you’re more likely to see her out and about on a book brunch with a flat white and pile of exciting new reads.