2021 Reading List

I read haphazardly this year, across uncommon-to-me genres and chose things that called out to me in libraries and used bookstores. I read about being a better person, about suicide, about race, about fictional global pandemics (no kidding). I read essays about how bad the internet is for our health, stories about ghosts, letters about poetry. I often found it hard to focus on reading this year, so let myself pick things that seemed fun and easy, and listened on audiobook often.

My favorites:

Books that are making me into a better, healthier version of myself (I hope):

The Un-put-downable Ones:

Full list:

  1. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  2. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  3. Daddy by Emma Cline
  4. Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker
  5. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  6. Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld
  7. How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell*
  8. Afterland by Lauren Beukes*
  9. Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
  10. Blue Nights by Joan Didion
  11. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  12. Wintering by Katherine May*
  13. How Not to Die by Michael Greger*
  14. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by VE Schwab
  15. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  16. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  17. Euphoria by Lily King
  18. Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
  19. The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enriquez*
  20. Boxing and the Mob by Jeffrey Sussman
  21. Let Me Tell You What I Mean by Joan Didion*
  22. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  23. Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane
  24. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy
  25. Sweat the Technique by Rakim
  26. Animal by Lisa Taddeo*
  27. Bloomland by John Englehardt
  28. Prairie Fever by Michael Parker
  29. The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
  30. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides*
  31. The Hidden Child by Camilla Lackberg
  32. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson*
  33. Survive the Night by Riley Sager
  34. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke*
  35. One Life by Megan Rapinoe
  36. Perfect in Their Art: Poems on Boxing from Homer to Ali
  37. The Four Winds by Kristen Hannah
  38. 28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand
  39. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  40. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt*
  41. Just Kids by Patti Smith*
  42. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
  43. The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
  44. Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino*
  45. The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
  46. The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer*
  47. Under the Wave at Waimea by Paul Theroux*
  48. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  49. Beautiful World Where Are You by Sally Rooney
  50. Find Me by Laura van den Berg
  51. Widow Basqiat by Jennifer Clement*
  52. How to Pick a Fight by Lara Kaminoff

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