Cakes, cooking and crime: Amazon’s best selling books of 2021 – Euronews

December 30, 2021 by No Comments

The crisp pages of a glossy new cookery book; the suspense of a sentence at the end of a true-crime chapter— books have provided a much-needed escape for many throughout the pandemic.

Despite its negative impact on independent bookstores, Amazon remains the world’s biggest online bookseller, making its list of the best-selling books of 2021 a broad reflection of people’s reading choices throughout the year.

How many of the following top ten have you read?

1. ‘Pinch of Nom Quick & Easy: 100 Delicious, Slimming Recipes’ by Kate Allinson and Kay Featherstone

You’d think that more time inside would also mean more time to cook — but for those juggling a family, remote work and other general household chaos, making meals has been a challenge.

‘Pinch of Nom’s 100 Delicious, Slimming Recipes’ provides solutions to such a problem, offering flavoursome one-pot wonders and other easy, yet nutritious meal ideas.

No wonder it’s the fastest-selling cookbook of all time.

2. ‘The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse’ by Charlie Mackesy

This illustrated book by Charlie Mackesy tells the story of an emerging friendship between a boy, mole, fox and horse.

Tender images are accompanied by profound conversation, which touches on themes of relationships and hope, providing some much-needed comfort during uncertain times.

3. ‘The Midnight Library’ by Matt Haig

‘The Midnight Library’ is about a young woman named Nora whose life has fallen apart, which leads to a beautiful exploration of missed opportunities, the weight of decision making, anxiety and depression

British author Matt Haig has become a leading voice on the topic of mental illness, his imaginative storytelling swimming with vulnerability and inspiring solidarity and hope.

4. ‘The Man Who Died Twice’ by Richard Osman

It’s been a good year for ‘Pointless’ presenter Richard Osman, whose ‘Thursday Murder Club’ mystery series — about a group of eccentric pensioners solving crimes — has become a bestseller around the world.

There are two books in the series so far: ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ and ‘The Man Who Died Twice’, with a third book due to be released in 2022.

Set in a charming retirement village in Kent, the characters feel comfortingly familiar, the humour very British and the atmosphere curious yet cosy.

5. ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ by Richard Osman

6. ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ by Delia Owens

Having topped The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers list twice for a combined 32 non-consecutive weeks, Delia Owen’s coming-of-age novel set in 1969 has certainly captured reader attention.

A murder-mystery featuring romance and the quest for survival, …….



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