Novel Conversations 2021 Recap

Our annual recap featuring the top books and authors checked out by users of our Novel Conversations program, a free lending library for book clubs.

Without further ado, the book that Novel Conversations users checked out most in 2021 was The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown.

This 2013 nonfiction title chronicles the story of the nine-person rowing team from the University of Washington, who represented the United States at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, while also describing the rise of Hitler’s Germany leading up to World War II.

These titles were the next 10 most requested book kits after our top title. Check out what our clubs are reading!

Top row: The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery, Kindred by Octavia Butler, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Bottom row: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, Code Girls by Liza Mundy, Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance, Ordinary Light by Tracy K. Smith

These authors were the top-10 requested authors in our collection this year!

Top row: Kate Morton, David Baldacci, Toni Morrison, Celeste Ng, Agatha Christie

Bottom row: Octavia Butler, Sandra Dallas, Fannie Flagg, James Patterson, Geraldine Brooks


Check out your books for 2022 here!

Novel Conversations is a free statewide lending library, loaning more than 900 titles, primarily fiction and biography, to reading and discussion groups all over Indiana, free of charge.