Go beyond just the current list of New York Times Fiction Best Sellers to discover every bestselling book listed on the NYT Bestseller List in 2021.
Since 1931, The New York Times has been publishing a weekly list of bestselling books. Since then, becoming a New York Times bestseller has become a dream for virtually every writer.
When I first started reading adult fiction, one of the first places I went for book recommendations was the New York Times Fiction Best Sellers. I wanted to know what books were the most widely read, and start with those.
However, scrolling through the list week by week on The New York Times website is rather annoying. I just wanted all the bestselling fiction books gathered together in one place.
When I couldn’t find it, I decided to create it.
Here are all the New York Times fiction bestsellers from this year. I’ve got the current #1 and this week’s bestselling list, both of which you can find all over the place.
This list also compiles every book that appears on the New York Times Fiction Best Sellers list in 2021 for Hardcover Fiction. Every week I update it so you can get the most accurate view of the year in one place.
Since this is a bit of a sprawling post, feel free to jump to the section that most interests you or take your time scrolling through the complete list of New York Times fiction best sellers.
Current #1 New York Times Best Seller
(1 Week) After spending a year at a prison work farm for involuntary manslaughter, eighteen-year-old Emmett Watson returns to his Nebraska hometown. With his mother gone and his father recently deceased, Emmett plans to pick up his eight-year-old brother and head West. But his plans are derailed when two friends from the work farm suddenly appear with a scheme of their own.
Current List of New York Times Best Sellers
1.The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
Two friends who escaped from a juvenile work farm take Emmett Watson on an unexpected journey to New York City in 1954.
2.The Wish by Nicholas Sparks
Maggie Dawes, a renowned travel photographer, struggles with a medical diagnosis over Christmas.
3.Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
An interconnected cast of dreamers and outsiders are in dangerous and disparate settings past, present and future.
4.Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen
Members of a Midwestern family find themselves at a pivotal moment of moral crisis in 1971.
5.Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty
The Delaney siblings suspect their father of causing the disappearance of their mother.
6.Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead
Ray Carney, a family man who sells furniture on 125th Street, gets a new clientele made up of vicious and unsavory characters.
7. The Butler by Danielle Steel
The working relationship between a man and woman from different worlds develops into something new for them.
8.The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
Hannah Hall discovers truths about her missing husband and bonds with his daughter from a previous relationship.
9.Billy Summers by Stephen King
A killer for hire who only takes out bad guys seeks redemption as he does one final job.
10.The Jailhouse Lawyer by James Patterson and Nancy Allen
A young lawyer winds up in an Alabama jail that remains mysteriously crowded.
11. Bewilderment by Richard Powers
An astrobiologist and single father learns of a neurofeedback treatment that may improve his son’s emotional control.
12.Three Sisters by Heather Morris
The third book in the Tattooist of Auschwitz series. As the allies close in, Livia, Magda and Cibi face problems and secrets from their past.
13.Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney
A novelist, a warehouse worker, an editorial assistant and a political adviser deal with changes.
14.The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab
A Faustian bargain comes with a curse that affects the adventure Addie LaRue has across centuries.
15.Enemy at the Gates by Kyle Mills
Anthony Cook, an autocratic president, distrusts Mitch Rapp, who is working to uncover a traitor.
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Previous #1 New York Times Fiction Best Sellers
(133 Weeks) For years, Kya Clark has survived alone in the marshes of the North Carolina coast. Dubbed “The Marsh Girl” by the locals, she was abandoned by her family and has been raised by nature itself. Now, as she comes of age, she begins to yearn for something more than her loneliness – maybe even a connection with the locals.
(50 Weeks) Growing up in a small black community in the Deep South, the Vignes sisters run away at age sixteen. Though identical twins, their lives end in completely different paths. One returns to live in their hometown while the other secretly passes as white. Bennett explores more than race, as she contemplates how the past affects future generations when their daughters’ lives intersect.
(35 Weeks) In Mexico, bookstore owner Lydia is charmed to meet Javier, a man who shares her taste in books, only to find he is the local drug lord. When her husband exposes Javier’s secrets, the wrath of the cartel falls upon her family. Lydia and her son Luca must flee from his wrath – all the way to American soil.
(27 Weeks) In the Texas panhandle in 1934, severe drought plagues the land. With crops failing, dust storms whip up, leaving the farmers fighting for survival. In the perilous times of the Great Depression, Elsa Martinelli must decide whether to stay and fight for her land or head west to California which offers her family a better life.
(25 Weeks) On a remote Irish island, the perfect wedding turns deadly in this thrilling mystery. The high profile wedding between a television star and a magazine publisher is supposed to be the perfect event. Yet once the guests arrive, past conflicts come into play and someone turns up dead. Was it the bride? The best man? The wedding planner?
(24 Weeks) After a failed bank robbery, a banker robber on the run accidentally ends up with a room full of hostages at an open house. After letting all of the hostages go, the police storm the apartment, only to find it empty. Now the police must interview the dysfunctional group to figure out what exactly happened. Backman purposely plays on your assumptions and uses an unusual narration style that gives the story an allegorical feel.
(23 Weeks) Before Owen Michaels disappeared, he smuggled a note to his new wife Hannah: Protect her. Hannah knows he’s referring to his sixteen-year-old daughter Bailey, but Bailey doesn’t want anything to do with Hannah. As Owen’s boss gets arrested and the FBI come knocking, Hannah and Bailey must come together to discover Owen’s secrets.
(22 Weeks) After being injured in a bombing in Afghanistan, a Navy doctor settles at his late grandfather’s cabin in North Carolina. While recuperating from his wounds, Trevor Benson never expects to find love, but he can’t fight the attraction he feels to deputy sheriff Natalie Masterson. However, Natalie remains distant, and a sullen teenage girl might be more connected to Trevor’s grandfather’s death than any suspected.
(20 Weeks) A collection of four novellas. In “If It Bleeds,” a standalone sequel to The Outsider, a bomb at a middle school prompts an investigation into the lead reporter by Holly Gibney. Other stories include “Mr. Harriagan’s Phone,” “The Life of Chuck,” and “Rat.”
(19 Weeks) John Grisham returns you to Clanton, Mississipi, the setting of his debut novel A Time to Kill. After appearing in the novel Sycamore Row, lawyer Jake Brigance is back, this time defending a teenager accused of killing a local deputy. With demand rising for a swift guilty verdict and the death penalty, Brigance realizes the town is against him as he pleads for mercy along with justice.
Bill Clinton and James Patterson
(13 Weeks) Former President Bill Clinton and master storyteller James Patterson collaborate for a second time on a summer political thriller. When Former US President Matthew Keating’s daughter is abducted by a madman, he uses the skills he learned as a Navy SEAL to set out on a one-man mission to get her back, while the entire world watches in real time.
(12 Weeks) Thirty years after publishing The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett has written a prequel revealing the events that led up to his epic work. At the end of the Dark Ages in England, one man’s determination to make his abbey the center of learning changes the lives of a boatbuilder, a noblewoman, and the monk in unexpected ways.
(12 Weeks) Ernest Cline returns with a sequel to his science fiction bestseller, Ready Player One. After winning James Halliday’s contest, Wade Watts finds another easter egg hidden in Halliday’s vaults – a technological advance leagues ahead of the OASIS. Wade and his friends must solve this new riddle in a plot eerily reminiscent of the first book. And, yes, Wil Wheaton is narrating the audiobook.
(12 Weeks) In 2021, Amanda Gorman became the youngest presidential inaugural poet in US history when she read her poem, “The Hill We Climb,” at President Biden’s inauguration. A special edition hardcover copy of her inaugural poem with a foreword by Oprah Winfrey.
(12 Weeks) At 17, Samuel Sooleyman gets the chance of a lifetime: a trip to America with his South Sudanese teammates to play basketball in front of college scouts. While there, war breaks out across South Sudan, ransacking his village and killing his father. When he is offered a scholarship to play at North Carolina Central, Samuel uses his raw talent and determination to succeed, desperately hoping to bring his family to America.
Miranda Cowley Heller
(12 Weeks) On a July morning, Elle wakes up at The Paper Palace, her family’s summer home, with an enormous choice facing her. The previous night, she had sex with her childhood best friend Jonas while their spouses chatted in the kitchen. Now Elle must decide between the perfectly happy married life she has made with Peter or the life that could have been with Jonas if tragedy hadn’t struck.
Lee Child and Andrew child
(10 Weeks) In the 25th Jack Reacher novel, Lee Child teams up with his younger brother Andrew. When Jack Reacher intervenes in an ambush in Tennessee, he meets an unassuming IT manager. Recently fired from his job after a cyberattack, Rusty Rutherford just wants to clear his name. Instead, they stumble upon a much larger conspiracy.
(10 Weeks) On a brilliant June day, author Vivian Howe is killed in a hit-and-run car accident. She finds herself in the Beyond, where she is allowed to view one last summer and is granted three “nudges” to those she left behind. The mother of three must choose how she will help her three children, as they struggle with adulthood and discover secrets she had kept buried. Elin Hilderbrand is known for writing some of the best beach reads, so you won’t want to miss her latest book.
(10 Weeks) From the master of fiction comes a new novel about a good guy in a bad job. Sniper for hire Billy Summers is picky about his jobs. The decorated Iraq war veteran only accepts hits on men who are truly evil. Before getting out of the game, Billy decides to accept one last job when everything goes wrong.
(8 Weeks) The 27th Stephanie Plum novel. After Grandma Mazur’s new husband dies, he leaves her the key to his massive fortune. As Stephanie and her grandma search for the treasure, they realize they aren’t the only ones looking. Stephanie’s old nemesis from Little Havana is hot on the trail. Can Stephanie outwit her? And will she finally decide between Joe Morelli and Ranger?
(7 Weeks) Fresh out of prison, WWII veteran Aloysius Archer heads to California for a head start in the 1950s. On the way, he stops in Reno and picks up a fire-red convertible and an aspiring actress. When they arrive in Bay Town, Archer joins a well-known PI to investigate a blackmail case of an up-and-coming politician.
(7 Weeks) After a big courtroom win, Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Haller is pulled over by the police who find the body of a former client in his trunk. Unable to post bail, Haller must defend himself against murder charges from his jail cell while fending off enemies from the inside and out. Haller knows that it’s not enough to get a not guilty verdict. To be free of the charges, he must find out who really did it.
(6 Weeks) In the sequel to The Coldest Winter Ever, Winter Santiago is out of prison and ready to take her to get her revenge, reclaim her father’s status, and reunite with Midnight. But Winter’s business partner Simone is also out for revenge, and Winter is her main target.
Sarah J. Maas
(6 Weeks) The fifth book in Maas’s bestselling fantasy series, A Court of Thorns and Roses. Haunted by the horrors of the previous war, Nesta’s temper is constantly on edge, and no one seems to bother her more than Cassian. When the human queens threaten the fragile peace, she must work with Cassian to save the kingdom.
(6 Weeks) Twenty years ago, a rich heiress was abducted. Although she escaped, her captors were never found or the family’s items recovered. When his suitcase is found at a murder scene, Windsor Horne Lockwood III, “Win” to his friends, becomes entangled in an investigation into two cold cases where the suspect may have also been involved in domestic terrorism.
(6 Weeks) In his twenty-third novel, Gabriel Allon investigates the death of Viktor Orlov, his friend who was once the richest man in Russia. A crusader against the Russian regime, Orlov was killed by a nerve agent in his heavily-guarded London apartment. MI6 believes an investigative reporter is a Russian assassin, but Allon finds the truth is much darker than anyone knows.
(5 Weeks) As New Year’s Eve approaches, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is surprised when he is requested to serve as security for a lecture by a visiting statistics professor. When he looks into Professor Abigail Robinson, Gamache is shocked by her views and begs for the lecture to be canceled. Accusing him of academic censorship, the university refuses, and as the professor’s ideas start to seep across Three Pines, Gamache must deal with a murder and the spreading madness.
(5 Weeks) Young law clerk Avery Keene is trying to balance her work with legendary Justice Howard Wynn with her troubled family life. When Justice Wynn falls into a coma, Avery is surprised to learn she is named his legal guardian and power of attorney. As politicians vie to replace the ailing judge, Avery learns that Justice Wynn was researching a dangerous merger that involves a conspiracy at the highest levels of government.
James Patterson and James O. Born
(5 Weeks) In the thirteenth book in the series, Detective Michael Bennett connects a series of murders of young women in New York City to similar cases in San Francisco and Atlanta. Detective Bennett must do his best to solve the case without falling into the killer’s trap – all while preparing for his wedding to Mary Catherine.
(4 Weeks) Two hundred years before the events of The Phantom Menace, the High Republic is at its peak. Peace flourishes under the rule of the Senate and the watchful eye of the Jedi. When a hyperspace catastrophe with sinister roots tears a ship apart, the shrapnel threatens an entire system and the Jedi are pushed to their limits.
(4 Weeks) In the 31st book of his popular Prey series, Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers join forces to solve a maritime mystery. While off-duty, a Coast Guardsman notices a suspicious boat pick up a diver in the middle of the ocean, he knows something fishy is happening. When the Coast Guard responds, three men are killed and the FBI is called in to investigate their murders.
(4 Weeks) Following in the footsteps of her mother’s celebrity fitness brand, Adrian has established her own line of successful yoga and workout videos. When threatening notes in rhyme start to appear, Adrian can dismiss it as easily as her mother. Moving back to Maryland, Adrian reconnects with her childhood crush at the same time a series of murders rocks her world.
(4 Weeks) Scott Horvath, America’s top spy, has a decision before him. Retire with his beautiful girlfriend in Norway or return. When he sees a man step out of a taxi in Oslo, a man he killed years ago, Horvath’s past comes back to haunt him and sends him on a path all the way to the Artic Circle.
(5 Weeks) When a young man is murdered on a London houseboat, police investigate three women: his one-night stand Laura, his grieving aunt Carla, and his nosy neighbor Miriam. Even though Miriam spotted Laura leaving the houseboat that night covered in blood, she is loath to say anything. For Miriam knows exactly what it’s like to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
(5 Weeks) Hitting the upper end of the new adult genre, Sally Rooney’s latest novel follows the lives of four single 30ish Irish protagonists as they try to find their way in life. On a whim, Alice, a novelist, invites Felix, a warehouse worker she just met, to travel to Rome with her. Meanwhile, while recovering from a breakup, Alice’s best friend Eileen begins flirting with Simon, a childhood friend.
(4 Weeks) It should be the golden years for Stan and Joy Delaney now that they’ve sold their tennis academy and settled into retirement, so why aren’t they happy? When they welcome a bleeding stranger into their home, her arrival begins a cascade of events. Now Joy is missing, and the four grown Delaney children wonder if their father might have done it. Liane Moriarty’s books always make for exciting reads, so you’ll want to keep your eye out for her latest novel this fall.
(2 Weeks) As a troubled teenager, Maggie Dawes was sent to live with her aunt in a remote North Carolina beach town. Her life is changed forever when she met Bryce Trickett, a handsome local teen who taught her to love the island and introduced her to photography before he heads off to West Point. Now a renowned travel photographer, Maggie recounts the story of her first love to her young assistant after Maggie is diagnosed with a crippling illness.
(10+ Weeks on the NYT Bestseller List)
(44 Weeks) In the Midnight Library, there are two books – one book for the life you’ve lived and one for the one you could have lived. Nora Seed must decide which book to choose from. What if she had made different choices? Would her life truly have been better?
V. E. Schwab
(43 Weeks) To escape a forced marriage, Addie LaRue makes a bargain with the devil in 1714. She gets to live forever, but the catch is she will be forgotten by everyone she meets. After 300 years, Addie has become resigned to her fate until she meets a young man who remembers her name.
(16 Weeks) In a last-ditch effort to save Earth from an extinction-level event, a group of astronauts is sent on a desperate mission in a cobbled-together spacecraft. But when Ryland Grace wakes up, he has no memory of his mission or why the rest of the crew is dead. The sole survivor, he must take on an impossible task with no margin for failure.
Taylor Jenkins Reid
(16 Weeks) In 1983, four famous siblings throw an epic summer party at their Malibu mansion. Secrets come out, the party gets out of control, and a fire will burn it all down by dawn. Malibu Rising is a gorgeous family drama that surpasses a simple beach read. The story of the Riva children abandoned by their famous rockstar father is heartbreakingly sad and yet still hopeful. The characters come alive as each sibling ponders if they can escape their parents’ fates.
(5+ Weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List)
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
(9 Weeks) An “Artificial Friend” named Klara is purchased to serve as a companion to an ailing 14-year-old girl.
Deadly Cross by James Patterson
(8 Weeks) The 28th book in the Alex Cross series. An investigation of a double homicide of the ex-wife of the Vice President and sends Alex Cross to Alabama to investigate.
The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner
(7 Weeks) An aspiring historian in London finds a clue that might put to rest unsolved apothecary murders from 200 years ago.
Daylight by David Baldacci
(7 Weeks) The F.B.I. agent Atlee Pine’s search for her kidnapped twin sister overlaps with a military investigator’s hunt for someone involved in a global conspiracy.
That Summer by Jennifer Weiner
(6 Weeks) Daisy Shoemaker receives emails intended for a woman leading a more glamorous life and finds there was more to this accident.
The Awakening by Nora Roberts
(6 Weeks) The first book in the Dragon Heart Legacy series. Breen Kelly travels through a portal in Ireland to a land of faeries and mermaids.
The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse
(6 Weeks) Elin Warner must find her estranged brother’s fiancée, who goes missing as a storm approaches a hotel that was once a sanatorium in the Swiss Alps.
Neighbors by Danielle Steel
(5 Weeks) A Hollywood recluse’s perspective changes when she invites her neighbors into her mansion after an earthquake.
We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker
(5 Weeks) Trouble might start for the chief of police and a self-proclaimed outlaw teen when a man is released from prison.
21st Birthday by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
(5 Weeks) The 21st book in the Women’s Murder Club series. New evidence changes the investigation of a missing mother.
The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris
(5 Weeks) Tension unfurls when two young Black women meet against the starkly white backdrop of New York City book publishing.
The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray
(5 Weeks) A Black woman who becomes one of the most powerful people in the art and book world is forced to hide her true identity.
We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz
(5 Weeks) Will the secrets Emily shares with Kristen about violent incidents in the past ruin her life?
(2-4 Weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List)
The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict – What might have happened during the 11 days in which a rising mystery author went missing in 1926.
Outlawed by Anna North – Ada, who apprentices midwifery under her mother, must decide whether to aid a band of outlaws who want to create a safe haven for outcast women.
Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell – An imagined exploration of how the death of an 11-year-old boy to the Black Plague in 1596 might have affected a famous playwright and his wife.
The Push by Ashley Audrain – A devastating event forces a mother who questions her child’s behavior and her own sanity to confront the truth.
The Scorpion’s Tail by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child – The second book in the Nora Kelly series. An F.B.I. agent and an archaeologist identify a mummified corpse and its gruesome cause of death.
Faithless in Death by J. D. Robb – The 52nd book of the In Death series. Eve Dallas investigates the murder of a young sculptor in the West Village.
The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles – A teenager in Montana discovers that her elderly neighbor worked decades earlier at the American Library in Paris and was part of the Resistance.
Dark Sky by C. J. Box – The 21st book in the Joe Pickett series. The Wyoming game warden becomes a target when taking a tech baron on an elk hunting trip.
The Affair by Danielle Steel – A French author’s extramarital relationship affects various members of his wife’s family.
Fast Ice by Clive Cussler by Graham Brown – The 18th book in the NUMA Files series. Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala uncover a decades-old conspiracy when they search for a missing former colleague in Antarctica.
Eternal by Lisa Scottoline – Three people involved in a love triangle find everything they hold dear is tested as Mussolini’s power grows and laws change in Rome.
The Red Book by James Patterson and David Ellis – The second book in the Black Book thriller series. Chicago detective Billy Harney investigates his own past.
Good Company by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney – The foundation of a marriage between actors is shaken when they reunite with an old friend who is now a TV star.
Northern Spy by Flynn Berry – The sister of a BBC producer may have joined the Irish Republican Army.
The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth – Past secrets come up when Fern decides to pay back her twin sister, Rose, by having a baby for her.
Finding Ashley by Danielle Steel – Two estranged sisters, one a former best-selling author, the other a nun, reconnect as one searches for the child the other gave up.
The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews – After discovering her sister dead, Letty Carnahan drives away with her niece and finds potential trouble with a police detective at a Florida motel.
The Devil May Dance by Jake Tapper – The second book in the Charlie and Margaret Marder Mystery series. Attorney General Robert Kennedy asks the Marders to look into a threat, which brings them into contact with the Rat Pack and the Church of Scientology.
Tom Clancy: Target Acquired by Don Bentley – A cushy assignment to help the C.I.A. puts Jack Ryan Jr. in the sights of trained killers.
The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray – A Black woman who becomes one of the most powerful people in the art and book world is forced to hide her true identity.
Nine Lives by Danielle Steel – After tragedy upsets her stable family life, Maggie must decide if she will take a risk with a thrill seeker.
Falling by T. J. Newman – A kidnapper demands that a pilot crash his plane with 144 passengers onboard to save his family.
It’s Better This Way by Debbie Macomber – Julia Jones begins a new life after discovering her husband’s infidelity almost six years ago.
Black Ice by Brad Thor – The 20th book in the Scot Harvath series. The American spy faces dangers in the Arctic Circle.
Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena – Questions arise when a rich couple are murdered after an Easter dinner with their three adult children.
Blind Tiger by Sandra Brown – During Prohibition, Thatcher Hutton and Laurel Plummer wind up on opposite sides of a moonshine war in Texas.
The Noise by James Patterson and J. D. Barker – A strange vibration rises out of a forest near Mount Hood.
Complications by Danielle Steel – On a September night, guests at the reopening of an exclusive Paris hotel experience love, tragedy and political intrigue.
Bloodless by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child – The 20th book in the Pendergast series. Bodies found without blood in their veins might be connected to an unsolved skyjacking.
The Love Songs of W.E.B Du Bois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers – Ailey Pearl Garfield endeavors to embrace her full heritage by digging into the stories of her ancestors who were Indigenous, Black and white.
Lightning Strike by William Kent Krueger – The 18th book in the Cork O’Connor mystery series. The 12-year-old son of a small town sheriff who rules a man’s death as a suicide suspects another cause.
Forgotten in Death by J. D. Robb – The 53rd book of the In Death series. The property where a decades-old crime occurred belongs to the homicide detective Eve Dallas’s husband.
Matrix by Lauren Groff – Seventeen-year-old Marie de France is cast out of the royal court and sent to England to be the new prioress of an impoverished abbey.
Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead – Ray Carney, a family man who sells furniture on 125th Street, gets a new clientele made up of vicious and unsavory characters.
Enemy at the Gates by Kyle Mills – Anthony Cook, an autocratic president, distrusts Mitch Rapp, who is working to uncover a traitor.
Bewilderment by Richard Powers – An astrobiologist and single father learns of a neurofeedback treatment that may improve his son’s emotional control.
The Jailhouse Lawyer by James Patterson and Nancy Allen – A young lawyer winds up in an Alabama jail that remains mysteriously crowded.
Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr – An interconnected cast of dreamers and outsiders are in dangerous and disparate settings past, present and future.
One Hit Wonders
(1 Week on the New York Times Best Seller List)