Pequot Library’s Best Books of 2021

Pequot Library knows books. That’s why our librarians have dedicated some time to reading, researching, and debating what we think 2021 served up as the best books of the year. Below are our top-ten picks from our Adult, Young Adult, and Children’s Literature circulating collections.

Adult Titles
Curated by Christine Catallo, Chief Librarian

01.  A Most Remarkable Creature by Jonathan Meiburg   02. The Guncle by Steven Rowley   03. The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo   04. Five Tuesdays in Winter by Lily King   05. Matrix by Lauren Groff   06. Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr   07. Poet Warrior by Joy Harjo   08. Outlawed by Anna North   9. All That She Carried by Tiya Miles   10. Velvet was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia


Young Adult Titles
Curated by Jane Manners, Children’s Librarian

01. Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen   02. Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo   03. All These Bodies by Kendare Blake   04. You Have a Match by Emma Lord   05. Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler   06. Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley   07. The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass   08. The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna   09. One of the Good Ones by Maika Moulite   10. Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon


Children’s Titles
Curated by Jane Manners, Children’s Librarian

01. Wonder Walkers by Micha Archer   02. War and Millie McGonigle by Karen Cushman   03. Starfish by Lisa Fipps   04. Black Boy Joy by Kwame Mbalia   05. Bright Star by Yuyi Morales   06. Fast Pitch by Nic Stone   07. Just You and Me Remarkable Relationships in the Wild by Jennifer Ward   08. Unspeakable: the Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford   09. We Got Game! 35 Female Athletes Who Changed the World by Aileen Weintraub   10. The Longest Storm by Dan Yaccarino