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Books that trended in 2021

These were the books that were talked about most in the year 2021.

 National Reading Movement (@readingnationSG)
National Reading Movement (@readingnationSG)

Published: 3 December 2021, 2:50 PM

In a blink of eye, we are already into the last month of 2021.

Before we bid farewell to the year, let’s have a look back at the books that we talked about, raved about, or rediscovered again this year.

“Dune” by Frank Herbert



One of the most anticipated film adaptations of 2021 is Dune starring Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya. Dune is already a much-loved sci-fi novel, along with the film’s release, this classic has found new readers. Set in a distant future, Frank Herbert imagines a feudal intergalactic empire where planetary fiefdoms are controlled by noble Houses.

With the film’s success, there are already talks of a sequel. So, time to pick up this classic (and its sequels!) to explore the vast and intricate world of Dune, before the sequel is released.

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“The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides



The rise of TikTok has continued in 2021. And this year, not only did TikTok prove that it’s not just a space to learn trending dance moves or funny memes, but also that it is an awesome place for book recommendations, with the rise of TikTok’s bookish community, BookTok.

Alicia Berenson is a famous artist married an equally famous fashion photographer. Their lives seemed perfect until one day, Alicia goes home and shoots her husband five times in the face, and then she never speaks another word! That’s the gripping premise of this shocking psychological thriller.

Borrow the book here: eBook


“Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins



With Squid Game’s massive worldwide success, it has generated a lot of interest for dystopian novels and particularly for Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games Trilogy due to its similar plot as Squid Game.

Set in a future, post-apocalyptic country of Panem that consists of wealthy Capitol and 13 poorer districts. Each year, children from the districts are chosen to participate in a mandatory televised death match called, The Hunger Games. Our young heroine, Katniss Everdeen, volunteers to represent District 12, the poorest of the districts in place of her younger sister who was originally chosen to compete in The Hunger Games. She builds an alliance with her co-competitor and will come to represent rebellion and leadership through the series.

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