The King County Library System releases its 2021 Best Books list

KCLS librarians and staff members share their favorite books of the year

The King County Library System (KCLS) released its 2021 Best Books. The annual list reveals KCLS’ top 100 books of the year, and includes 25 titles in each of the following categories: fiction, nonfiction, children and teen. Find the full selection at

Best Books are nominated by KCLS librarians and staff members across the System who, collectively, read thousands of books each year. A selection committee then reviews the submissions and determines the final list. The 386 nominations received this year span a range of genres and interests, from memoirs and world history to poetry, graphic novels and science fiction.

“This year’s list represents a great selection of diverse titles and formats including several graphic novels," stated KCLS Director of Collection Management Services Tracey Thompson. "We hope you enjoy digging into some of our favorite books, and perhaps, discover a new one of your own!”