From all of us at the Los Angeles Public Library, at the Central Library, and the 72 branches, we are pleased to announce the best books of 2021 as selected by our staff, who volunteered their recommendations. Since 2011 LAPL Reads has been presenting these.
Once again, this was another year with exceptional challenges for everyone, including all of us at the library. If the events of 2020 provided the subject material for dystopian novels and movies, then 2021 brought some ripple effects from those events. Shipping and supply issues gummed up things, with many of us frustrated about not getting choice books published in 2021. However, the staff of the Los Angeles Public Library has been resilient, enthusiastic, and dedicated to bringing all of you numerous recommendations.
Among the best books of 2021, you will find many to delight and inspire, bring joy and hope, and some that will entice you to read something different. We hope there is at least one book, or more, that will make you want to read on and on. For a last-minute holiday gift, there is nothing like a book, and one of our selections might be perfect.