In late 2020, we featured a list of books that helped us make it through
an extremely difficult year. This year was also pretty rough — in some of the same ways, but also in some surprising, new ones — and it is clear to us that celebrating the books that support us through hard times is a tradition we want to continue, even at the end of a good year (we can look forward to one of those soon, right?).
There are a lot ways to take comfort, but getting lost in a book — ideas distilled and set down on the page with beauty and skill — will always be our first choice. If you’re looking to make a similar choice, here are the titles that sustained us in 2021:
by Lidia Yuknavitch
by Frank Herbert