The Boswellians' Top 5 Picks of 2021

Each year, all of the booksellers at Boswell choose their Top 5 favorite books of the year. It is an arduous process. We list and relist our faves. There is ranking. There are personal bracket systems. There is even, occasionally, coin flipping. Here’s our best of the best - our top 5 picks for 2021.

 

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All's Well: A Novel Cover Image
$21.60
ISBN: 9781982169664
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 3rd, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Aleah, Jason


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The Blacktongue Thief Cover Image
$20.79
ISBN: 9781250621191
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Published: Tor Books - May 25th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Jason, Thom


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The Ones We're Meant to Find Cover Image
By Joan He
$15.19
ISBN: 9781250258564
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - May 4th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Jenny, Kathy


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Project Hail Mary: A Novel Cover Image
$23.19
ISBN: 9780593135204
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 4th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Jenny, Margaret


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Light From Uncommon Stars Cover Image
$20.79
ISBN: 9781250789068
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Published: Tor Books - September 28th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Kay, Parker


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One Last Stop Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781250244499
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - June 1st, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Margaret, Rachel


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A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Monk & Robot #1) Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9781250236210
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Published: Tordotcom - July 13th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Jen, Thom


Luster: A Novel Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9781250798671
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Published: Picador - June 8th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Aleah


Ghosts: A novel Cover Image
$21.60
ISBN: 9780593319857
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Published: Knopf - August 3rd, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Aleah


Summer in the City of Roses Cover Image
$15.19
ISBN: 9781641291712
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Published: Soho Teen - July 6th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Aleah


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The Power Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316547604
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 8th, 2019

Top 5 Pick: Aleah


The Book of Form and Emptiness: A Novel Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780399563645
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Published: Viking - September 21st, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Amie


World Travel: An Irreverent Guide Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780062802798
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Published: Ecco - April 20th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Amie


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Afterparties: Stories Cover Image
$22.39
ISBN: 9780063049901
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Published: Ecco - August 3rd, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Chris


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Punch Me Up to the Gods: A Memoir Cover Image
By Brian Broome, Yona Harvey (Introduction by)
$20.80
ISBN: 9780358439103
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Published: Mariner Books - May 18th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Chris


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Catch the Rabbit Cover Image
$16.20
ISBN: 9781632062895
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Published: Restless Books - June 1st, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Chris


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Our Country Friends: A Novel Cover Image
$22.40
ISBN: 9781984855121
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Published: Random House - November 2nd, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Chris


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The Great Mistake: A novel Cover Image
$21.56
ISBN: 9780525658498
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Published: Knopf - June 15th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Chris


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Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice 1967-1975 Cover Image
$22.36
ISBN: 9781616208950
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 6th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Conrad


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The Bookseller of Florence: The Story of the Manuscripts That Illuminated the Renaissance Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780802158529
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - April 13th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Conrad


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Colombiana: A Rediscovery of Recipes and Rituals from the Soul of Colombia Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9780063019430
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Published: Harper Wave - June 15th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Conrad


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Talk to Me: A Novel Cover Image
$22.39
ISBN: 9780063052857
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Published: Ecco - September 14th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Conrad


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When Ghosts Come Home: A Novel Cover Image
$23.19
ISBN: 9780062312662
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Published: William Morrow - September 21st, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Conrad


The Phone Booth at the Edge of the World: A Novel Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781419754302
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Published: The Overlook Press - March 9th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Jason


Bubbleball: Inside the NBA's Fight to Save a Season Cover Image
$22.40
ISBN: 9781419755538
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Published: Abrams Press - May 4th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Jason


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The Last Winter: The Scientists, Adventurers, Journeymen, and Mavericks Trying to Save the World Cover Image
$22.40
ISBN: 9780316460927
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 2nd, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Jason


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The Five Wounds: A Novel Cover Image
$21.56
ISBN: 9780393242836
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 30th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Jen


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Maiden Voyages: Magnificent Ocean Liners and the Women Who Traveled and Worked Aboard Them Cover Image
$23.19
ISBN: 9781250246462
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Published: St. Martin's Press - August 10th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Jen


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Malibu Rising: A Novel Cover Image
$22.40
ISBN: 9781524798659
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 1st, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Jen


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Velvet Was the Night Cover Image
$22.40
ISBN: 9780593356821
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Published: Del Rey - August 17th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Jen


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Any Sign of Life Cover Image
$14.39
ISBN: 9780062691934
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Published: Greenwillow Books - October 12th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Jenny


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Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781982168438
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Published: Scribner - September 28th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Jenny


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The Last Graduate: A Novel (The Scholomance #2) Cover Image
$22.40
ISBN: 9780593128862
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Published: Del Rey - September 28th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Jenny


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Windswept: Walking the Paths of Trailblazing Women Cover Image
$21.56
ISBN: 9781951142704
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Published: Tin House Books - September 7th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Kathy


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The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy Cover Image
$14.39
ISBN: 9780062275127
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Published: Walden Pond Press - October 12th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Kathy


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Send for Me: A novel Cover Image
$15.26
ISBN: 9781101972045
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Published: Vintage - September 7th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Kathy


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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, Special Edition Cover Image
$23.99
ISBN: 9781250830746
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Published: Tor Books - October 5th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Kathy


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Bewilderment: A Novel Cover Image
$22.36
ISBN: 9780393881141
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 21st, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Kay


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Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest Cover Image
$23.16
ISBN: 9780525656098
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Published: Knopf - May 4th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Kay


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1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows: A Memoir Cover Image
By Ai Weiwei, Allan H. Barr (Translated by)
$25.60
ISBN: 9780553419467
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Published: Crown - November 2nd, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Kay


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L.A. Weather: A Novel Cover Image
$22.39
ISBN: 9781250802569
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Published: Flatiron Books - September 7th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Kay


You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories about Racism Cover Image
$22.40
ISBN: 9781538719367
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - January 12th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Madi


Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781419734847
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Published: Abrams ComicArts - September 8th, 2020

Top 5 Pick: Madi


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The Final Girl Support Group Cover Image
$20.80
ISBN: 9780593201237
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Published: Berkley - July 13th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Madi


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Milk Blood Heat Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780802158154
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Published: Grove Press - February 2nd, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Madi


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Tacky: Love Letters to the Worst Culture We Have to Offer Cover Image
$14.36
ISBN: 9780593312728
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Published: Vintage - November 2nd, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Madi


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Several People Are Typing: A Novel Cover Image
$19.20
ISBN: 9780385547222
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Published: Doubleday - August 31st, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Margaret


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Mary Jane: A Novel Cover Image
$22.39
ISBN: 9780063052291
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Published: Custom House - May 11th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Margaret


The Adventure Zone: The Crystal Kingdom Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250232656
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Published: First Second - July 13th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Margaret


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Any Way the Wind Blows (Simon Snow Trilogy #3) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781250254337
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Published: Wednesday Books - July 6th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Oli


Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781534496194
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 12th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Oli


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The Girl from the Sea: A Graphic Novel Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781338540574
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Published: Graphix - June 1st, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Oli


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Mystical Stitches: Embroidery for Personal Empowerment and Magical Embellishment Cover Image
$19.96
ISBN: 9781635863345
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - June 22nd, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Oli


You Feel It Just Below the Ribs: A Novel Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9780063066625
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 16th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Oli


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The Empress of Salt and Fortune (The Singing Hills Cycle #1) Cover Image
By Nghi Vo
$11.69
ISBN: 9781250750303
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(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Tordotcom - March 24th, 2020

Top 5 Pick: Parker


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Hola Papi: How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons Cover Image
$20.80
ISBN: 9781982141493
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - June 8th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Parker


Thirsty Mermaids Cover Image
$23.99
ISBN: 9781982133573
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Published: Gallery 13 - February 9th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Parker


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The Ex Hex: A Novel Cover Image
$14.39
ISBN: 9780063027473
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Published: Avon - September 28th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Rachel


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The Heart Principle Cover Image
$14.40
ISBN: 9780451490841
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Published: Berkley - August 31st, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Rachel


Leviathan Wakes (10th Anniversary Edition) (The Expanse #1) Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780316333429
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Published: Orbit - September 21st, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Rachel


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Second First Impressions: A Novel Cover Image
$14.39
ISBN: 9780062912855
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 13th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Rachel


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To Love and to Loathe: A Novel (The Regency Vows #2) Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781982160876
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Published: Atria Books - April 6th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Rachel


Shards of Earth (The Final Architecture #1) Cover Image
$22.40
ISBN: 9780316705851
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Published: Orbit - August 3rd, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Thom


Red Hands: A Novel Cover Image
$23.19
ISBN: 9781250246301
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Published: St. Martin's Press - December 8th, 2020

Top 5 Pick: Thom


Fugitive Telemetry (The Murderbot Diaries #6) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250765376
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Published: Tordotcom - April 27th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Thom


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The Beatryce Prophecy Cover Image
By Kate DiCamillo, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781536213614
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Published: Candlewick - September 28th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Tim


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The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times (Global Icons Series) Cover Image
$22.40
ISBN: 9781250784094
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Published: Celadon Books - October 19th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Tim


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Firekeeper's Daughter Cover Image
$15.19
ISBN: 9781250766564
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 16th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Tim


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Harlem Shuffle: A Novel Cover Image
$23.16
ISBN: 9780385545136
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Published: Doubleday - September 14th, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Tim


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Klara and the Sun: A novel Cover Image
$22.40
ISBN: 9780593318171
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Published: Knopf - March 2nd, 2021

Top 5 Pick: Tim