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Here are the best books for your e-reader and app, from Danielle Steel, Anthony Doerr, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Ken Follett, and Jenny Colgan.
Are you looking for the most anticipated books you could add to your autumn and winter 2021 reading list?
Hundreds of books are being published every day, and autumn is the most intense season when it comes to new book releases. How to find the best reads without spending too much time on it?
The end-of-year book lists have not been released, yet, but it’s never too early to start a cozy winter reading season.
We have rounded up 12 most interesting books due to be released in autumn and winter 2021 (and some already published, too).
Among them, you will find our favorite: Flying Angels by Danielle Steel, a World War II story that brings together six remarkable young flight nurses who fly into enemy territory to rescue wounded soldiers from the battlefield.
My personal pick is a collection of stories by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The City of Mist, a return to the mythical Barcelona library known as the Cemetery of Forgotten Books.
If you love Ken Follet, you will be excited to read the master’s latest novel, Never – an action-packed, globe-spanning drama following a group of professionals struggling to prevent the outbreak of the new world war.
As usual, the list includes a quick blurb, release date, category, publisher, number of pages, and links to leading ebook stores: Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and Apple Books.
Which books are you going to read this winter or give as a gift to a book lover in your life?
Best ebooks for your winter 2021-22 reading list
Cloud Cuckoo Land
A highly anticipated novel from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of All the Light We Cannot See.
The book’s plot is set in three dimensions: Constantinople in the fifteenth century; a small town in present-day Idaho; an interstellar ship decades from now.
Constantinople. Thirteen-year-old Anna learns to read, and in this ancient city, famous for its libraries, she finds a book, the story of Aethon, who longs to be turned into a bird so that he can fly to a utopian paradise in the sky.
Five hundred years later, in a library in Idaho, octogenarian Zeno, rehearses five children in a play adaptation of Aethon’s story.
In a near future, on the interstellar ship Argos, Konstance is alone in a vault, copying on scraps of sacking the story of Aethon. She has never set foot on our planet.
- Category: Historical Fiction
- Publisher: Scribner
- Print book length: 637 pages
John le Carré
In his last completed novel, John le Carré turns his focus to the world that occupied his writing for the past sixty years – the secret world itself.
Julian Lawndsley has renounced his high-flying job in the city for a simpler life running a bookshop in a small English seaside town. But only a couple of months into his new career, Julian’s evening is disrupted by a visitor.
Edward, a Polish émigré living in Silverview, the big house on the edge of town, seems to know a lot about Julian’s family and is rather too interested in the inner workings of his modest new enterprise.
- Category: Espionage Thrillers
- Publisher: Viking
- Print book length: 223 pages
The Christmas Bookshop
A brand-new heartwarming Christmas novel from the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Bookshop on the Corner and Christmas at the Island Hotel.
Laid off from her department store job, Carmen has perilously little cash and few options. The prospect of spending Christmas with her perfect sister Sofia, in Sofia’s perfect house with her perfect children and her perfectly ordered yuppie life does not appeal.
Frankly, Sofia doesn’t exactly want her prickly sister Carmen there either. But Sofia has yet another baby on the way, a mother desperate to see her daughters get along, and a client who needs help revitalizing his shabby old bookshop. So Carmen moves in and takes the job.
- Category: Friendship Fiction
- Publisher: William Morrow
- Print book length: 335 pages
The Last Noel & Secret Surrogate
Heather Graham and Delores Fossen
From Harlequin Bestselling Author Collection comes a special volume that includes two reader-favorite holiday romance: The Last Noel by New York Times bestselling author Heather Graham, and Delores Fossen’s Secret Surrogate.
The story of The Last Noel follows the O’Boyle family who become prey to a pair of brutal escaped killers desperate to find refuge. Skyler O’Boyle’s one hope for rescue is that the men are unaware that her daughter, Kat, has escaped into the blizzard.
When Kat stumbles on a third felon, half-frozen and delirious, she recognizes him immediately. What is Craig Devon, the onetime love of her life, doing in such company? Craig is desperate to unload a crucial secret that could change their destiny.
- Category: Holiday Romance
- Publisher: Harlequin
- Print book length: 340 + 256 pages
The Secret of Snow
When Sonny Dunes, a SoCal meteorologist, is replaced by a virtual meteorologist, the only station willing to give the fifty-year-old another shot is the very place Sonny’s been avoiding since the day she left for college—her northern Michigan hometown.
Sonny grudgingly returns to the long, cold, snowy winters of her childhood… with the added humiliation of moving back in with her mother.
To distract herself from the memories she’s spent her life trying to outrun, Sonny throws herself headfirst into covering every small-town winter event. But with someone trying to undermine her efforts to rebuild her career, Sonny must make peace with who she used to be and allow her heart to thaw if she’s ever going to find a place she can truly call home.
- Category: Holiday Fiction
- Publisher: Graydon House
- Print book length: 372 pages
Immune: A Journey into the Mysterious System That Keeps You Alive
Immune is a gorgeously illustrated deep dive into the immune system that will forever change how you think about your body, from the creator of the popular science YouTube channel Kurzgesagt.
Second only to the human brain in its complexity, it is one of the oldest and most critical facets of life on Earth. Without it, you would die within days.
Each chapter delves into an element of the immune system, including defenses like antibodies and inflammation as well as threats like bacteria, allergies, and cancer.
Philipp Dettmer reveals why boosting your immune system is actually nonsense, how parasites sneak their way past your body’s defenses, how viruses work, and what goes on in your wounds when you cut yourself.
- Category: Anatomy Science
- Publisher: Random House
- Print book length: 312 pages
The new must-read epic from master storyteller Ken Follett: more than a thriller, it’s an action-packed, globe-spanning drama set in the present day.
A shrinking oasis in the Sahara Desert; a stolen US Army drone; an uninhabited Japanese island; and one country’s secret stash of deadly chemical poisons: all these play roles in a relentlessly escalating crisis.
Struggling to prevent the outbreak of world war are a young woman intelligence officer; a spy working undercover with jihadists; a brilliant Chinese spymaster; and Pauline herself, beleaguered by a populist rival for the next president election.
- Category: Military Thrillers
- Publisher: Viking
- Print book length: 813 pages
The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity
David Graeber and David Wengrow
The Dawn of Everything is a dramatically new understanding of human history. The book is challenging our most fundamental assumptions about social evolution – from the development of agriculture and cities to the origins of the state, democracy, and inequality.
Drawing on pathbreaking research in archaeology and anthropology, the authors show how history becomes a far more interesting place once we learn to throw off our conceptual shackles and perceive what’s really there.
If humans did not spend 95 percent of their evolutionary past in tiny bands of hunter-gatherers, what were they doing all that time? If agriculture, and cities, did not mean a plunge into hierarchy and domination, then what kinds of social and economic organization did they lead to?
The answers are often unexpected, and suggest that the course of human history may be less set in stone, and more full of playful, hopeful possibilities, than we tend to assume.
- Category: History of Anthropology
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
- Print book length: 702 pages
In this stunning and timely novel, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich creates a wickedly funny ghost story, a tale of passion, of a complex marriage, and of a woman’s relentless errors.
A small independent bookstore in Minneapolis is haunted from November 2019 to November 2020 by the store’s most annoying customer. Flora dies on All Souls’ Day, but she simply won’t leave the store.
Tookie, who has landed a job selling books after years of incarceration that she survived by reading “with murderous attention,” must solve the mystery of this haunting while at the same time trying to understand all that occurs in Minneapolis during a year of grief, astonishment, isolation, and furious reckoning.
- Category: Ghost Fiction
- Publisher: Harper
- Print book length: 416 pages
Neal Stephenson’s sweeping new novel transports readers to a near-future world in which the greenhouse effect has inexorably resulted in a whirling-dervish troposphere of super storms, rising sea levels, global flooding, and deadly pandemics.
Ranging from the Texas heartland to the Dutch royal palace in the Hague, to the sunbaked Chihuahuan Desert, Termination Shock brings together a disparate group of characters from different cultures and continents who grapple with the real-life repercussions of global warming.
One man – visionary billionaire restaurant chain magnate T.R. Schmidt – has a big idea for reversing global warming, a master plan perhaps best described as “elemental.” But will it work?
- Category: Disaster Fiction
- Publisher: William Morrow
- Print book length: 736 pages
The City of Mist: Stories
Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Bestselling author Carlos Ruiz Zafón conceived of this collection of stories as an appreciation to the countless readers who joined him on the extraordinary journey that began with The Shadow of the Wind.
Comprising eleven stories, most of them never before published in English, The City of Mist offers the reader compelling characters, unique situations, and a gothic atmosphere reminiscent of his beloved Cemetery of Forgotten Books quartet.
A boy decides to become a writer when he discovers that his creative gifts capture the attentions of an aloof young beauty who has stolen his heart. A labyrinth maker flees Constantinople to a plague-ridden Barcelona, with plans for building a library impervious to the destruction of time. A strange gentleman tempts Cervantes to write a book like no other, each page of which could prolong the life of the woman he loves.
- Category: Magical Realism
- Publisher: Harper Perennial
- Print book length: 208 pages
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel, comes a World War II story that brings together six remarkable young flight nurses, who face the challenges of war and its many heartbreaks and victories as unsung heroes.
Risking their lives on perilous missions, they join the elite Medical Air Evacuation Transport Squadron and fly into enemy territory almost daily to rescue wounded soldiers from the battlefield.
Audrey and Lizzie make enormous sacrifices to save lives alongside an extraordinary group of nurses: Alex, who longs to make a difference in the world; Louise, a bright mind who faced racial prejudice growing up in the South; Pru, a selfless leader with a heart of gold; and Emma, whose confidence and grit push her to put everything on the line for her patients.
- Category: Historical Fiction
- Publisher: Delacorte Press
- Print book length: 288 pages
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