10 New Non-Fiction Books To Escape With In 2021 (2023)

I personally was really into non-fiction books in 2020. I’m not sure why that is, except possibly I didn’t have much brain space for fiction and a book that I could pick up and put down more easily just suited me better. There’s such a vast spectrum of non-fiction books that if you can’t find one that interests you even in the middle of this mess we are in, I don’t know what to tell you. Here are the biggest new non-fiction books of 2021.

1. A History Of The Undead: Mummies, Vampires and Zombies – Charlotte Booth | January 31st, 2021

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Sometimes a non-fiction book just seems like a lot of fun, and A History Of The Undead: Mummies, Vampires and Zombies is no exception.

This book will examine the titular monsters and their representation in Western Media before zipping back in history to explore their mythical origins, and the folklore that surrounds them. If you’re a horror fan as well as a history buff, then this one is definitely for you.

2. Four Lost Cities: A Secret History Of The Urban Age – Annalee Newitz |February 2nd, 2021

This is definitely a great book for history nerds, especially if you happen to love social history in particular.

Newitz travels to four great cities which were at the centre of sophisticated societies but ultimately abandoned: one Neolithic, one Roman, one Medieval and one indigenous American. As well as examining the sure to be fascinating archaeological evidence, the really interesting thing is that the book will explore the anonymous workers, slaves and women who helped to make the cities great.

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3. The Rag and Bone Shop: How We Make Memories and Memories Make Us – Veronica O’Keane | February 4th, 2021

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Veronica O’Keane is a practising psychiatrist and this is her first general interest book – and it is one that looks fascinating. Her interests lie in memories and how we process them; why they feel real, or if they can be true and false.

As well as using neurological research to answer some of these questions, O’Keane also explores explore the experiences of some of the patients she has worked with – so you can be sure that it will be an emotional read as well as a highly informative one.

4. The Disappearing Act: The Impossible Case of MH370 – Florence de Changy | February 4th, 2021

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In March 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared from radar and was never seen again.

De Changy was working as a journalist for Le Monde at the time, and followed the investigation into the disappearance very closely, noting the chaotic approach and the lack of cooperation on the part of many international organisations. With this book, she brings together all of that investigative journalism to present her own theory on the disappearance. It’s sure to be a troubling read.

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5. Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York – Elon Green | March 9th, 2021

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Everyone loves some true crime occasionally, and Green’s focus here is the first book written which focuses on the Last Call Killer, who hunted gay men in 1980s and 1990s New York.
As is all too often the case, because of the sexuality of his victims and the timing of his kills – in the middle of the AIDS epidemic – the killer has been mostly forgotten.

Green explores the story and the long hunt for the killer, as well as paying tribute to the victims and their community.

6. The Pioneering Life Of Mary Wortley Montagu: Scientist and Feminist – Jo Willett | March 30th, 2021

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Everyone has heard of Edward Jenner, who first came up with a vaccination for smallpox by using cowpox to infect the patient with a safer illness. But few people know about Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, who actually brought the concept of vaccination over to England decades earlier (and even fewer know that she got the idea from Turkish women who had been vaccinating for ages before anyone European had the idea).

The Pioneering Life Of Mary Wortley Montagu: Scientist and Feminist is sure to be a great exploration of a fascinating and forward-thinking woman who by rights should be much more famous than she is.

7. The History Of Video Games – Charlie Fish | March 30th, 2021

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If you’re an old school gamer, or someone younger wanting to learn your history, you need this book.

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Fish lays out the story of how this industry grew to be bigger than film and music industries combined, starting with experimental games in the 1950s and going all the way through to Fortnite and Gamergate. It goes much deeper than just games; expect explorations of capitalism, gender and culture too.

8. The Musical Human: A History of Life On Earth – Michael Spitzer | April 1st, 2021

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If there is one thing that most humans can agree on, music is good. That’s essentially what Michael Spitzer is saying in his global history of music, exploring how it became essential to the development of humans and our cultures, as well as how we think and how we behave towards one another and our communities.

Music defines us as a species, makes us who we are, and The Musical Human: A History of Life On Earth could quite possibly be a bit of a magnum opus on the subject.

9. I Belong Here: A Journey Along The Backbone of Britain – Anita Sethi | April 29th, 2021

There is almost nothing I like more than a travelogue, especially if it is recounting a walking journey, so I Belong Here: A Journey Along The Backbone of Britain is right up my street, and should be for any travelogue fan.


Suffering with panic attacks after she was the victim of a racist hate crime, Sethi decided to walk the Pennines; to be close to nature and to try and piece together her sense of home after the racist attacker made her feel she didn’t belong in her own country. I Belong Here is bound to be defiant and laden with feeling.

10. On Juneteenth – Annette Gordon-Reed | May 4th, 2021

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The 19th June is a US holiday (also known as Freedom Day) celebrating the emancipation of enslaved people on the anniversary of the day that slavery was declared ended in Texas in 1865. This book of essays will explore American history and memoir (Gordon-Reed is a descendent of victims of Texan slavery).

She starts all the way back in Jamestown, before enslaved Africans were brought to the US, and also looks at how Native Americans and Tejanos (Hispanic Texan residents descended from Spanish speaking settlers) are a part of the story. On Juneteenth reminds us that there is still a lot of work to be done.


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What are the current top 10 nonfiction books? ›

The 10 Best Nonfiction Books of 2022
  • How Far the Light Reaches, Sabrina Imbler. ...
  • His Name Is George Floyd, Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa. ...
  • Constructing a Nervous System, Margo Jefferson. ...
  • An Immense World, Ed Yong. ...
  • The Escape Artist, Jonathan Freedland. ...
  • Ducks, Kate Beaton. ...
  • South to America, Imani Perry. ...
  • In Love, Amy Bloom.
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What is the most popular book right now 2021? ›

USA TODAY's Top 100 bestselling books of 2021
  • " Dog Man: Mothering Heights," by Dav Pilkey.
  • " The Four Winds," by Kristin Hannah.
  • " American Marxism," by Mark R. Levin.
  • " Atomic Habits," by James Clear.
  • " The Midnight Library," by Matt Haig. News Across the U.S.
Dec 30, 2021

What books are on the New York Times bestseller list right now? ›

Combined Print & E-Book Fiction
  • 86 weeks on the list. IT ENDS WITH US. by Colleen Hoover. ...
  • 16 weeks on the list. IT STARTS WITH US. by Colleen Hoover. ...
  • 13 weeks on the list. LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY. by Bonnie Garmus. ...
  • 61 weeks on the list. VERITY. by Colleen Hoover. ...
  • New this week. HEART BONES. by Colleen Hoover.

What is the most popular book right now 2022? ›

Goodreads Most Read Books of 2022
  • It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover.
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid.
  • Verity by Colleen Hoover.
  • The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood.
  • Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover.
  • Book Lovers by Emily Henry.
  • Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover.
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.
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What is everyone reading now 2022? ›

The 100 Must-Read Books of 2022
  • A Heart That Works.
  • Afterlives.
  • All the Lovers in the Night.
  • All This Could Be Different.
  • An Immense World.
  • Ancestor Trouble.
  • Animal Joy.
  • Anna: The Biography.

What is one book everyone should read? ›

Classic Novels to Read
  • 1984 by George Orwell.
  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling.
  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut.
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
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What are the top 5 most read books? ›

We've got a list of the most read books in the world of all time.
  • The Holy Bible.
  • The Holy Quran.
  • The Harry Potter Series: J.K. Rowling.
  • The Quotations From Chairman Mao Tse Tung.
  • The Lord of the Rings.
  • The Alchemist.
  • The Diary of Anne Frank: Anne Frank.
  • The Twilight SagA: Stephenie Meyer.
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What books are in high demand right now? ›

High Demand Books
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  • The Secret History (Paperback) ...
  • The Book Thief (Hardcover) ...
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What types of books are hot right now? ›

The bestselling book genre is romance and the most profitable fiction book genre.
The top five bestselling genres of audiobook are:
  • Literature & Fiction.
  • Mystery, Thriller & Suspense.
  • Science Fiction.
  • Fantasy.
  • Romance.
  • Business & Money.
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Who is the best-selling author of 2022? ›

Colleen Hoover's 2016 novel It Ends With Us is the best-selling book of 2022 according to NDP BookScan.

What is the number 1 selling book? ›

Having sold more than 500 million copies worldwide, Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling is the best-selling book series in history.

What is the most popular novel right now? ›

The 10 Most Popular Books Right Now
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  • It Starts with Us: A Novel. Paperback $13.99 $17.99.
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What is America's most read book? ›

'To Kill a Mockingbird' is America's favorite novel, reports PBS 'The Great American Read'
  1. 1. “ To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee.
  2. 2. “ Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon (series)
  3. 3. “ Harry Potter” by J.K. Rowling (series)
  4. 4. “ Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen.
  5. 5. “ ...
  6. 6. “ ...
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What is the most impressive book to read? ›

The Greatest Books of All Time
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  5. 5 . The Great Gatsby by F. ...
  6. 6 . Moby Dick by Herman Melville. ...
  7. 7 . War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. ...
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What are the current top 10 fiction books? ›

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  • Fairy Tale by Stephen King. ...
  • Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult; Jennifer Finney Boylan. ...
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  • Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt. ...
  • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. ...
  • Horse by Geraldine Brooks. ...
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What books have 5 stars on Goodreads? ›

5 Star 2022 Reads Books
  • Heartstopper: Volume Four (Heartstopper, #4) ...
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  • Playing Hard to Get (The Players #1) ...
  • The Hidden One (Kate Burkholder, #14) ...
  • Reminders of Him (Kindle Edition) ...
  • It Starts with Us (It Ends with Us, #2) ...
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What is a number one book to read in 2022? ›

Added to readers' shelves over 818,000 times, the most popular book of the year so far among Goodreads reviewers is "Reminders of Him" by Colleen Hoover.

Is reading losing popularity? ›

Total book reading is declining significantly, although not at the rate of literary reading. The percentage of the U.S. adult population reading any books has declined by -7 percent over the past decade. dropped dramatically over the past 20 years. Less than half of the adult American population now reads literature.

What are some 10 point books? ›

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  • Paint the Wind (Hardcover) Pam Muñoz Ryan. ...
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Which book no one can read? ›

The Voynich manuscript is an illustrated codex hand-written in an otherwise unknown script, referred to as 'Voynichese'.

What is the best book every written? ›

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  • One Hundred Years of Solitude. ...
  • A Passage to India. ...
  • Invisible Man. ...
  • Don Quixote. ...
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What's the most stolen book? ›

The Bible. Apparently, thieves missed the "Thou shalt not steal" part of the Ten Commandments. According to experts, the Bible is the most commonly stolen book. The Holy Bible is available for free at many places of worship, so perhaps there's less guilt associated with pilfering a copy.

What is the number 1 read book in the world? ›

Top 10 Most Read Books in The World
  • The Bible – 3.9 Billion Copies.
  • Quotations from the Works of Mao Tse-tung – 820 Million Copies.
  • Harry Potter – 400 Million Copies.
  • Lord of the Rings – 103 Million Copies.
  • The Alchemist – 65 Million Copies.
  • The Da Vinci Code – 57 Million Copies.
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Who is the best-selling female author? ›

Named “Queen of Crime”, Agatha Christie is considered the best selling female author of all time, with a sales record of over 2 billion books. She wrote about 78 novels that have been translated into 44 languages, in addition to 19 plays.

What is Amazon best-selling author? ›

There's a question I sometimes hear debated in publishing: Is an Amazon best-seller a “real” best-seller? By Amazon best-seller, they mean when your book goes to the top of an Amazon category, and Amazon starts putting a “best-seller” tag on your book.

Who is the most respected author? ›

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  • Mark Twain, 1835 – 1910.
  • Ernest Hemingway, 1899 – 1961.
  • Herman Melville, 1819 – 1891.
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1896 – 1940.
  • John Steinbeck, 1902 – 1968.
  • Toni Morrison, 1931 – 2019.
  • J. D. Salinger, 1919 – 2010.
  • Joseph Heller, 1923 – 1999.

What are the top 5 most sold books? ›

  • The 20 Best-Selling Books of All Time.
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
  • The Catcher in the Rye.
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
  • The Alchemist.
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
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What is the fastest selling book? ›

The fastest selling book overall is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final instalment of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. It sold 8.3 million copies (or 345,833 books per hour) on the day of its release, 21 July 2007.

Who is the most sold author of all time? ›

Agatha Christie (1890 – 1976)

Dame Agatha Christie currently holds the title of the world's best-selling novelist, according to Guiness World Records, as well as the most-translated author in history.


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