Top 9 Must-Read Books of the Year  

Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr: An ambitious and beautifully crafted novel that weaves together multiple narratives across different time periods and locations, exploring themes of love, loss, and the power of storytelling. 

Fiction

Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience by Brené Brown: A profound exploration of emotions and human connection, offering insights into how we can cultivate more meaningful relationships and lead fuller lives. 

Non-fiction

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley: A gripping mystery set in Paris, where a woman discovers a long-hidden apartment filled with clues to a decades-old murder, leading her on a thrilling investigation into the past. 

Mystery/Thriller

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir: A thrilling and scientifically accurate tale of survival in space, as a lone astronaut races against time to save humanity from extinction. 

Science Fiction 

The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles: A sweeping and immersive historical novel set in 1950s America, following the journey of two young men as they embark on a cross-country adventure filled with danger and discovery. 

Historical Fiction 

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey: A candid and unconventional memoir from the acclaimed actor, offering insights into his life, career, and philosophy on living with authenticity and purpose. 

Memoir/Biography: 

The Empire’s Ruin by Brian Staveley: The first installment in a new epic fantasy series set in a world on the brink of war, filled with political intrigue, complex characters, and stunning world-building. 

Fantasy: 

The Maidens by Alex Michaelides: A gripping psychological thriller set in the hallowed halls of academia, where a therapist becomes entangled in a web of secrets and lies surrounding a series of murders. 

Thriller 

The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country by Amanda Gorman: A powerful and uplifting collection of poetry from the acclaimed young poet, featuring her stirring inaugural poem delivered at the 2021 presidential inauguration 

Poetry: