Most Read Books of 2021 in Lira Publishing House

The year 2021 at Litera meant the publication of over 750 new titles from all fields. Fiction and nonfiction books, bestsellers, memoirs, and more offered readers moments of fun and relaxation or ways to better understand the world and self.

Here is the list of the most read books of 2021:

Michelangelo’s lie. The cathedral is burning Written by Igor Bergler is a 2021 bestseller, a clever and well-documented film about the intrigues and mysteries of the Vatican. Behind the ritual executions lies a terrifying conspiracy and a devastating secret of the Church, hidden in a document discovered by Michelangelo Buonarroti 500 years ago. The perfect dose of suspense, crime, mystery, and history makes this novel a hypnotic read, far exceeding the stakes of the author’s previous books.

virgins By Alex Michaelides – After the bestselling novel The Silent Patient, considered one of the most stunning psychological thrillers of recent years, writer Alex Michaelides is back on the charts with his second novel, at least as captivating as the first; Virgins masterfully weaves Greek mythology, psychology, obsession, and murder. A stunning psychological thriller about a brilliant psychotherapist’s determination to understand and uncover the strange crimes committed by the charismatic master of Greek tragedy, Edward Foska.

Fresh water for flowers By Valerie Perrin – A disturbing novel about Violet, a cemetery manager in a small Burgundy town, about her world, an intimate and powerful story about a woman who always believes in life and joy, despite all obstacles. The novel has been translated into more than 30 countries and won the Maison de la Presse Award, Paperback Readers Award, and entered the ABA Indies Introduce and Indie Next List in 2020.

blood orange Written by Harriet Tice is an obsessive domestic thriller that has kept many readers compulsively glued to its pages. A dark and captivating novel about domestic violence, lack of commitment to marriage, and about internal drives, but also about a loss of self-esteem. A great start for author Harriet Tice, the book has been published in more than 25 countries.

Anyone can have a happy relationship By Stephanie Stahl – A helpful and intuitive new book by psychotherapist Stephanie Stahl, author of the phenomenal Healing the Inner Child. The therapist teaches us that the formula for a healthy relationship lies in harmony between the connection with the other and personal independence. A balance that often proves fragile, but the author of this new bestselling book shows us, with a clear style and practical approach, how to learn it, but also how to let go of dysfunctional behavioral patterns, if we want a happy relationship with another.

talking about nothing Written by Woody Allen, a clever and deeply funny autobiography by one of the most prominent filmmakers and artists of our time. A torrent of jokes, lines, and stories make this unparalleled self-portrait a book that is bold, candid, intimate and dynamic. With his unique style of storytelling, Allen recounts his attempts to break into the radio and television entertainment industry, his film career, as well as his relationships and marriages, his failures and successes, and his passion for jazz and sports.

This is how evil begins By Javier Marias – A new novel published by Litera, by one of the most prolific contemporary Spanish writers, Javier Marias, a writer translated into 46 languages, with over 8 million books sold worldwide. Considered by critics as a major work, How Evil Begins is a hypnotic and discursive tale filled with sexual tension, political conflict, and philosophical musings.

summer stories By Mieko Kawakami is a radical and intimate portrait of the condition of women in contemporary Japan and beyond, a novel that questions femininity, the female body, but also family, with its bonds and abuses, with expectations and betrayals with which it comes in common. Mieko Kawakami, who has a young and modern voice, has received many of Japan’s most prestigious literary awards, including the Akutagawa Prize, the Tanizaki Prize, and the Murasaki Shikibu Prize.

Living with the gods Written by Neil MacGregor – A wonderful book, spiritually created and complex, it deals with an intuitive aspect of the human condition, that is, there is no community in the world whose members do not share a common belief, ideology, or religion. Core beliefs and convictions are the lifeblood of any society, and the advantage of this extraordinary book is that it makes us understand that the way we live with our gods also determines how we choose to live with our fellows.

people in trees Written by Hania Yanagihara, A Small Life’s first novel by the well-known American author is simultaneously a fascinating anthropological adventure, an ecological example, and a scathing analysis of moral relativism. Hania Yanagihara’s surprising novel about morality, about Western arrogance in relation to indigenous peoples, a book that astounds with its defiant stance of not offering solutions and conclusions.

Details about each title can also be found on the publisher’s website,

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