While there are many excellent chemistry books to choose from, it can be a daunting task to know where to start and which are worth your time and energy. We’ve taken all the guesswork out for you and compiled a list of the 15 most searched chemistry books of 2021.

Modified Mastering Chemistry with Pearson EText

Nivaldo J. Tro

Actively engaging students this book takes an atoms-first approach to the subject. Emphasizing its chemistry’s composition, from particles and molecules to discussing how structure affecting properties build relationships within all of the topics of chemistry. Presented logically throughout, students develop a firm grasp of theories discussed in this book.

Modern Physical Organic Chemistry

Dennis A. Dougherty, Eric V. Anslyn 

The field of physical organic chemistry has gone through many developments, this book combines classic topics as well as many new ideas within the field such as organometallic chemistry, materials chemistry, bioorganic chemistry, and biochemistry. A must-have book for any undergraduate or first-grad student.

Chemistry: Atoms First by OpenStax

Paul Flowers, Edward J. Neth, William R. Robinson 

An introductory textbook developed through a collaborative approach developing the atoms first principle. Introducing atomic and molecular structures earlier than traditional models. This helps delay more abstract thinking that can confuse students and helps develop an understanding of quantitative principles which are usually used within chemistry courses.

Chemistry Chemical Reactivity, Loose-leaf Version, 10th

 John C. Kotz,  Paul M. Treichel,  John Townsend,  David Treichel

By purchasing the loose-leaf bundle students not only receive the Chemistry & chemical reactivity 10th edition but also gain access to Owlv2 for 2 years. Owlv2 is an online platform designed to help improve your study through detailed explanations and interactive activities.

Gain wider insight into general Chemistry concepts through problem-solving strategies, and dynamic study tools on topics such as the macroscopic, symbolic, and particulate levels of chemistry.

Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry

David L. Nelson, Michael M. Cox 

Get to grips with biochemistry with the fully updated 8th edition of Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry. Developed to bring students focused research and up-to-date content in an easy-to-follow format. This book guides students through the most important aspects and principles of biochemistry. Сombine this text with the new online platform Achieve to access new end-of-chapter questions and walk-through feedback and solutions to problems.

SaplingPlus for Interactive General Chemistry

Macmillan Learning

Achieve provides an online resource for Interactive General Chemistry, engaging students in a way they learn best, techniques developed through researching study behavior make this text engaging and insightful for any student. Take advantage of digitally immersive content to better your knowledge of general chemistry with hints along the way to guide your thinking, step-by-step solutions to problems, and embedded links back to the text to further consolidate learning.

Organic Chemistry as a Second Language

David R. Klein 

Organic chemistry is considered to be the most challenging of the general chemistry topics. Often being regarded as time-consuming and troublesome to get to grips with. Klein revokes these thoughts and offers up ideas about organic chemistry being one continuous story. Each section provides hands-on advice and exercises to help students develop a full understanding of the topics and develop critical thinking skills so that they learn how and when to ask the right questions.

Chemistry: The Molecular Science, Hybrid Edition

 John W. Moore, Conrad L. Stanitski

This hybrid edition of Chemistry: the molecular science takes advantage of both printed text and the online learning platforms Owlv2 to deliver engaging, interesting information in the field. Explore a wide range of topics such as engineering, biology, and environmental science in the form of tutorials, videos, interactive activities, and homework-style questions. Students become more successful at visualizing chemical processes at a molecular level, integrated coverage of organic and biochemistry content, and full media integration when accessing the Owlv2 platform.

Chemistry, Loose-leaf Version

Steven S. Zumdahl, Susan A. Zumdahl 

Supported by the online learning platform Owlv2 Chemistry helps students develop tools to become critical thinkers, ask relevant questions, apply knowledge and evaluate their outcomes. This book supplies students with solid pedagogy, problem-solving skills, simple effective media, and interactive experiences to help build knowledge and skills for general chemistry courses.

Chemistry 2e by OpenStax


Clear, concise learning opportunities to learn about the main concepts of chemistry and how they relate to the real world. This book includes a wide variety of features including online interactive activities, how to apply learning to the real world, and is filled with up-to-date explanations. The second edition of Chemistry also boosts improvements in figures, illustrations, and example exercises that support the text.

Chemistry: The Central Science

Theodore E. Brown, H. Eugene LeMay, Bruce E. Bursten, Catherine Murphy, Patrick Woodward

Penned as one of the best chemistry books around. This 14th edition offers expert explanations of core concepts for general chemistry topics. Learning is then brought into the real world with exercises to invoke critical thinking about real-world application.

Based on feedback from students this edition has been revised and streamlined to ensure that all information provided is clear and meaningful for the reader. The expertise within the author team is unparalleled and they have worked hard to present a fresh, new, engaging perspective on general chemistry topics.

General Chemistry: The Essential Concepts

Raymond Chang 

This book is essential for any new chemistry student providing guidance for the first year of any general chemistry syllabus. Providing a concise approach linking theory with the real world and how to overcome obstacles within the environment. This book keeps students engaged by incorporating text with conceptual idea review and hand-sketched examples to give a breath of experience in the first year of learning. By supporting students to visualize three-dimensional atomic and molecular structures and matter they are helped to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

Chemistry: Concepts and Problems, A Self-Teaching Guide

Richard Post, Chad Snyder, Clifford C. Houk 

Support your learning using this self-teaching guide to master the fundamentals of critical chemistry topics. Work at your own pace using the online learning platform to access sessions, step-by-step guides and self-tests to reinforce knowledge learned. Slowly delve deeper into chemistry and get prepared for upcoming courses or just refresh your knowledge. This text is excellent for supporting retention and consolidation of learning with a mixture of quizzes and self-evaluation.

Everything You Need to Ace Chemistry in One Big Fat Notebook

Jennifer Swanson

Covering everything you need to ace high school chemistry, this ‘big fat notebook’ breaks down each topic into easily accessible chunks to guide students through learning. Stay engaged in the subject through the interesting use of definitions, diagrams, educational doodles, and quizzes, to make sure you’ve remembered it all.

General Organic and Biological Chemistry

Kenneth W. Raymond

A great book for any student needing an understanding of basic chemistry, including topics in general chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. Including all aspects of chemistry gives insight to students on the connections between each branch of chemistry and allows for connections to be made across a range of disciplines.