In a world that is increasingly fast-paced and filled with distractions, sometimes all we need is an escape. A way to venture into different worlds, to experience the lives of others, and to forget about our own worries, even if it’s just for a few hours. Luckily, fiction books offer us a key to a portal that takes us away from reality and into the realm of imagination. And each year, a select few books become the beacon of this escape, captivating readers with their enthralling stories and unforgettable characters.
The year 2021 has been no exception when it comes to the popularity of fiction books. Amidst the chaos and uncertainty that the world has faced, these novels have provided sanctuary, solace, and pure joy to readers all around the globe. Whether you prefer tales of mystery and suspense, epic fantasies, or heartwarming stories of friendship and love, there is something for every taste among the most popular fiction books of the year.
One of the standout novels of 2021 is “The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah. Set during the Great Depression in the United States, this book takes readers on an emotional journey alongside Elsa, a woman fighting against dust storms, poverty, and heartbreak to protect her family. With beautiful prose and compelling characters, Hannah’s novel offers a stark reminder of the strength and resilience of humanity in the face of adversity, while also serving as a reminder of the importance of love and family in challenging times.
On a completely different note, fans of mystery and suspense found themselves engrossed in “The Sanatorium” by Sarah Pearse. This atmospheric thriller takes place in an isolated hotel-turned-sanatorium in the Swiss Alps, where Elin Warner finds herself embroiled in a puzzling murder case. With a chilling setting, a complex web of secrets, and an eerie sense of dread, this novel has kept readers on the edge of their seats, unable to put it down until the final pages.
For those seeking a fantastical escape, there’s no book more captivating than “Project Hail Mary” by Andy Weir. Known for his best-selling novel “The Martian,” Weir once again takes readers on an extraordinary journey, this time to space. The story follows scientist Ryland Grace, who wakes up on a spaceship with no memory of how he got there or why he’s the only person aboard. As he unravels the mystery and fights against seemingly insurmountable odds, readers are whisked away to a world filled with mind-bending science and thrilling adventures.
Of course, no list of popular fiction books would be complete without mentioning “The Rose Code” by Kate Quinn. This historical fiction novel is set during World War II and revolves around three women who join the code-breaking efforts at Bletchley Park. Combining espionage, friendship, secrets, and a dash of romance, Quinn deftly transports readers back in time, highlighting the incredible contributions of women to the war effort while also weaving a compelling tale of loyalty and resilience.
These are just a few of the most popular fiction books of the year, providing readers with a much-needed escape from the realities of everyday life. Whether you’re seeking an emotional journey, a spine-tingling thriller, an epic adventure, or a trip back in time, the world of fiction has something for everyone. So pick up a book, settle into your favorite reading nook, and let the pages transport you to a place where anything is possible. After all, sometimes all we need is a little fiction to help us escape reality.