Good Books To Read – Sneak A Peek Here
Updated 30th August 2021
For all the book lovers out there looking for some good books to read, why not sneak a peek here at what I came across. Being an avid book lover, I am interested to see what books are available in each of these categories.
Have I Interested You Yet?
Why not make yourself a cup of tea/coffee or even a glass of wine, find a nice comfortable seat and let me reveal what is available.
Although the books listed below are older books, it was suggested, that they would be talked about regularly.
As well as there being lot of popular authors, this One-Stop guide also includes books by unknown authors. Books such as indie gems along with some promising debuts, there are also books that may create conversations and debates.
Below I have listed the 15 Categories for the books in alphabetical order.
- Art, Architecture and Photography.
- Business and Economics.
- Comics and Graphic Novels.
- Cooking and Food.
- Essays and Literary Criticism.
- Literary Fiction.
- Memoirs and Biographies.
- Mysteries and Thrillers.
- Politics and Current Events.
- Romance and Erotica.
- SF, Fantasy and Horror
If you would like to check out the books that are not in the top 10 but worth looking out for, or what else is available but not been included in the category lists, click below to see the full database.
Category Top Ten Lists
Below are the lists for the Top 10 books and their authors in each category. I am sure that you will manage to find a book that catches your interest and that you would like to read.
Category One – Art, Architecture and Photography
- Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today, Edited by Eva Respini. Yale Univ., .
- David Wojnarowicz: History Keeps Me Awake at Night, David Breslin and David Kiehl. Whitney Museum of American Art.
- Double Vision: The Unerring Eye of Art World Avatars Dominique and John de Menil, William Middleton. Knopf.
- How New York Breaks Your Heart, Bill Hayes. Bloomsbury.
- Lorna Simpson Collages, Lorna Simpson. Chronicle.
- Misère, Linda Nochlin. Thames & Hudson.
- The Museum of Lost Art, Noah Charney. Phaidon.
- Never Remember: Searching for Stalin’s Gulags in Putin’s Russia, Masha Gessen and Misha Friedman. Columbia Global Reports.
- Old in Art School: A Memoir, Nell Irvin Painter. Counterpoint.
- Sara Berman’s Closet, Maira and Alex Kalman. Harper Design.
Category Two – Business and Economics
- The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, Shoshana Zuboff. PublicAffairs.
- Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?, Robert Kuttner. Norton.
- Dying for a Paycheck: How Modern Management Harms Employee Health and Company Performance, Jeffrey Pfeffer. HarperBusiness.
- Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy Is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth—and How to Fix It, Dambisa Moyo. Basic.
- How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job, Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith. Hachette.
- The Human Advantage: Pursuing Happiness in an Age of Smart Machines, Jay W. Richards. Crown Forum.
- The Infinite Desire for Growth, Daniel Cohen, trans. by Jane Marie Todd. Princeton Univ.
- Live Work Work Work Die: A Journey into the Savage Heart of Silicon Valley, Corey Pein. Metropolitan.
- The Myth of the Nice Girl: Achieving a Career You Love Without Becoming a Person You Hate, Fran Hauser. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
- Putinomics: Power and Money in Resurgent Russia, Chris Miller. Univ. of North Carolina.
Category Three – Comics and Graphic Novels
- All the Answers, Michael Kupperman. S&S/Gallery 13.
- Come Again, Nate Powell. IDW/Top Shelf.
- The Comic Book Story of Baseball: The Heroes, Hustlers, and History-Making Swings (and Misses) of America’s National Pastime, Alex Irvine, Tomm Coker, and C.P. Smith. Ten Speed.
- Fab 4 Mania, Carol Tyler. Fantagraphics.
- Gumballs, Erin Nations. IDW/Top Shelf.
- Homestuck, Book 1: Act 1 & Act 2, Andrew Hussie. Viz Media.
- Is This Guy for Real? The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman, Box Brown. First Second.
- Manfried the Man, Caitlin Major and Kelly Bastow. Quirk.
- Sabrina, Nick Drnaso. Drawn & Quarterly.
- Young Frances, Hartley Lin. AdHouse.
Category Four – Cooking and Food
- Between Harlem and Heaven: Afro-Asian-American Cooking for Big Nights, Weeknights, and Every Day, J.J. Johnson and Alexander Smalls. Flatiron.
- Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting-Pot Cuisine, Edward Lee. Artisan.
- Feast: Food of the Islamic World, Anissa Helou. Ecco.
- Giada’s Italy: My Recipes for La Dolce Vita, Giada de Laurentiis. Clarkson Potter.
- The Kitchen Shortcut Bible: More Than 200 Recipes for Superfast, Totally Easy, Amazingly Delicious Meals—From 3-Ingredient Spicy Chicken to Melted Ice Cream Pound Cake, Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough. Little, Brown.
- Michael Symon’s Playing with Fire: BBQ and More from the Grill, Smoker, and Fireplace, Michael Symon and Douglas Trattner. Clarkson Potter.
- Shaya: An Odyssey of Food, My Journey Back to Israel, Alon Shaya. Knopf.
- Turnip Greens & Tortillas: A Mexican Chef Spices Up the Southern Kitchen, Eddie Hernandez and Susan Puckett. HMH/Martin.
- Vegan Comfort Classics: 101 Recipes to Feed Your Face, Lauren Toyota. Ten Speed.
- Vegetarian Viet Nam, Cameron Stauch. Norton.
Category Five – Essays and Literary Criticism
- The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives, Edited by Viet Thanh Nguyen. Abrams.
- Don’t Call Me Princess: Essays on Girls, Women, Sex, and Life, Peggy Orenstein. Harper Paperbacks.
- Feel Free: Essays, Zadie Smith. Penguin Press.
- How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays, Alexander Chee. HMH/Mariner.
- Look Alive out There: Essays, Sloane Crosley. FSG/MCD.
- Near-Death Experiences: And Others, Robert Gottlieb. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
- See What Can Be Done: Essays, Criticism, and Commentary, Lorrie Moore. Knopf.
- Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion, Michelle Dean. Grove.
- Up Up, Down Down: Essays, Cheston Knapp. Scribner.
- The World-Ending Fire: The Essential Wendell Berry, Wendell Berry. Counterpoint.
Category Six – History
- The Beekeeper: Saving the Stolen Women of Iraq, Dunya Mikhail, trans. by Max Weiss. New Directions.
- Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World, Joshua B. Freeman. Norton.
- Beneath a Ruthless Sun: A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found, Gilbert King. Riverhead,
- Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America, Kathleen Belew. Harvard Univ,
- Girl Stands at the Door: The Generation of Young Women Who Desegregated America’s Schools, Rachel Devlin. Basic.
- God Save Texas: A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State, Lawrence Wright. Knopf.
- Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries, and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration, Alfredo Corchado. Bloomsbury.
- The Lost Education of Horace Tate: Uncovering the Hidden Heroes Who Fought for Justice in Schools, Vanessa Siddle Walker. New Press.
- Nobody’s Girl Friday: The Women Who Ran Hollywood, J.E. Smyth. Oxford Univ.
- The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, Elaine Weiss. Viking.
Category Seven – Lifestyle
- Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women’s Pain, Abby Norman. Nation.
- The Consciousness Instinct: Unraveling the Mystery of How the Brain Makes the Mind, Michael S. Gazzaniga. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
- Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance, Alex Hutchinson. Morrow.
- Finding Sisu: In Search of Courage, Strength, and Happiness the Finnish Way, Katja Pantzar. Penguin/TarcherPerigee.
- Gardens of Style: Private Hideaways of the Design World, Janelle McCulloch. Rizzoli.
- The Heart Is a Shifting Sea: Love and Marriage in Mumbai, Elizabeth Flock. Harper.
- How Luck Happens: Using the Science of Luck to Transform Work, Love, and Life, Janice Kaplan and Barnaby Marsh. Dutton.
- The Inward Empire: Mapping the Wilds of Mortality and Fatherhood, Christian Donlan. Little, Brown.
- Resilient: Growing the 12 Strengths of Lasting Happiness, Fulfillment, and Calm, Rick Hanson and Forrest Hanson. Harmony.
- Where There’s Hope: Healing, Moving Forward, and Never Giving Up, Elizabeth A. Smart. St. Martin’s.
Category Eight – Literary Fiction
- The Female Persuasion, Meg Wolitzer. Riverhead.
- The Great Alone, Kristin Hannah. St. Martin’s.
- Kudos, Rachel Cusk. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
- The Mars Room, Rachel Kushner. Scribner.
- My Year of Rest and Relaxation, Ottessa Moshfegh. Penguin Press.
- The Parking Lot Attendant, Nafkote Tamirat. Holt.
- The Sparsholt Affair, Alan Hollinghurst. Knopf.
- Speak No Evil, Uzodinma Iweala. Harper.
- There There, Tommy Orange. Knopf.
- Warlight, Michael Ondaatje. Knopf.
Category Nine – Memoirs and Biographies
- Born Trump: Inside America’s First Family, Emily Jane Fox. Harper.
- Brave, Rose McGowan, HarperOne.
- Eat the Apple, Matt Young. Bloomsbury.
- A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, James Comey. Flatiron.
- The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border, Francisco Cantú. Riverhead.
- The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made, Patricia O’Toole. Simon & Schuster.
- The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery, Barbara K. Lipska, with Elaine McArdle. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
- No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America, Darnell L. Moore. Nation.
- Paul Simon: The Life, Robert Hilburn. Simon & Schuster.
- The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath, Leslie Jamison. Little, Brown.
Category Ten – Mysteries and Thrillers
- Bishop’s Pawn, Steve Berry. Minotaur.
- Force of Nature, Jane Harper. Flatiron.
- Give Me Your Hand, Megan Abbott. Little, Brown.
- Green Sun, Kent Anderson. LB/Mulholland.
- Macbeth, Jo Nesbø. Crown/Hogarth.
- Outsider, Stephen King. Scribner.
- The President Is Missing, Bill Clinton and James Patterson. Little, Brown & Knopf.
- Sunburn, Laura Lippman. Morrow.
- Warning Light, David Ricciardi. Berkley.
- The Word Is Murder, Anthony Horowitz. Harper.
Category Eleven – Poetry
- American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin, Terrance Hayes. Penguin.
- Brown: Poems, Kevin Young. Knopf.
- Cruel Futures: City Lights Spotlight No. 17, Carmen Giménez Smith. City Lights.
- If They Come for Us, Fatimah Asghar. One World.
- Junk. Tommy Pico. Tin House.
- Lake Michigan, Daniel Borzutzky. Univ. of Pittsburgh.
- Not Here, Hieu Minh Nguyen. Coffee House.
- Oceanic, Aimee Nezhukumatathil. Copper Canyon.
- Wade in the Water, Tracy K. Smith. Graywolf.
- We Play a Game, Duy Doan. Yale Univ.
Category Twelve – Politics and Current Events
- The Death of Truth, Michiko Kakutani. Crown/Duggan.
- Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn, Chris Hughes. St. Martin’s.
- From Cold War to Hot Peace: The Inside Story of Russia and America, Michael McFaul. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
- The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy, Anna Clark. Metropolitan.
- Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations, Amy Chua. Penguin Press.
- The Russian Connection: The Inside Story of How Vladimir Putin Attacked a U.S. Election and Shaped the Trump Presidency, Michael Isikoff and David Corn. Hachette/Twelve.
- Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America, Alissa Quart. Ecco.
- The Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics Is Destroying American Democracy, Jonah Goldberg. Crown/Forum.
- Uncensored: Life and Uncomfortable Conversations at the Intersection of Black and White America, Zachary Wood. Dutton, – Published June 19.
- The Unmaking of the President 2016: The Case Against FBI Director James Comey and How He Cost Hillary Clinton the Presidency, Lanny J. Davis. Scribner.
Category Thirteen – Romance and Erotica
- Ashes on the Moor, Sarah M. Eden. Shadow Mountain.
- Bad Men and Wicked Women, Eric Jerome Dickey. Dutton.
- Cowboy Bold, Carolyn Brown. Forever.
- The Kiss Quotient, Helen Hoang. Berkley.
- Lady Scandal: Ladies in Disgrace, Book 1, Miranda Neville. Kensington/Zebra.
- A Lord for Whenever, Alexis Hall. Avon Impulse.
- My Lady’s Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel, Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris. Quirk.
- Night Shift: A Choose Your Own Erotic Adventure, Joanna Angel. Cleis.
- The Princess Deception, Nell Stark. Bold Strokes.
- A Princess in Theory: Reluctant Royals, Alyssa Cole. Avon.
Category Fourteen – Science
- Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything, Randi Hutter Epstein. Norton.
- The Big Ones: How Natural Disasters Have Shaped Us (and What We Can Do About Them), Lucy Jones. Doubleday.
- Exactly: A Brief History of Precision, Simon Winchester. Harper.
- The Order of Time, Carlo Rovelli. Riverhead.
- Our Universe: An Astronomer’s Guide, Jo Dunkley. Harvard Univ./Belknap.
- Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore, Elizabeth Rush. Milkweed.
- The Seabird’s Cry: The Lives and Loves of the Planet’s Great Ocean Voyagers, Adam Nicolson. Holt.
- Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine, Alan Lightman. Pantheon.
- She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: What Heredity Is, Is Not, and May Become, Carl Zimmer. Dutton.
- You Can Stop Humming Now: A Doctor’s Stories of Life, Death, and in Between, Daniela J. Lamas. Little, Brown.
Category Fifteen – SF, Fantasy and Horror
- Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories, Vandana Singh. Small Beer.
- Blackfish City, Sam J. Miller. Ecco.
- King of Ashes: The Firemane Saga, Book 1, Raymond E. Feist. Harper Voyager.
- The Merry Spinster, Mallory Ortberg. Holt.
- The Oddling Prince, Nancy Springer. Tachyon.
- Olympus Bound, Jordanna Max Brodsky. Orbit.
- Space Opera, Catherynne M. Valente. S&S/Saga.
- Summerland, Hannu Rajaniemi. Tor.
- Thin Air, Richard K. Morgan. Del Rey.
- Witchmark, C.L. Polk. Tor.com.
Images and lists above courtesy of Publishers Weekly.
Above are the Top 10 books in each of the 15 categories. You can have a better look at the different styles of books available at your leisure. However, if want more details on any of the books, click the button below.
I honestly have to say this is great having all these books to look at. I look forward to checking out the lists to see what books I want to read. There were a few which that drew my attention.
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