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What Did You Read in 2021?

Updated: Jan 20

Ringing in the new year by writing up this blog post about all the books I read in 2021. I found myself needing a lot more "fun" books, like mysteries and fantasy novels, with less headspace available for more difficult reads. But I still managed 60 books in 2021 (same as in 2020!), and completed my reading challenge with 13 days to spare.


What did you read in 2021? Feel free to share! Whether you read one book or 100 of them, I'm interested to hear your recommendations.


Below is the list of what I read (with links to reviews), followed by my reading challenge list.


Top 5


Loved it - (highly recommend!)


Liked it - (enjoyed it & would recommend, though I probably won't read it a 2nd time)


It was fine - (read if the subject matter interests you)


Amazing re-reads


And two books I really disliked

  • The Book of Hidden Wonders, by Polly Crosby

  • Pet, by Akwaeke Emezi


 

Completed 2021 Reading Challenge


1. a book of diverse folktales/mythology; or a diverse retelling; or in a non-western setting

Love in Color: Mythical Tales from Around the World, Retold, by Bolu Babalola


2. POC author: Black/African

My Sister, the Serial Killer, by Oyinkan Braithwaite


3. a book by a female author in a male-dominated genre

Parable of the Sower, and Parable of the Talents, by Octavia Butler


4. POC author: Middle Eastern/South Asian

Home Fire, by Kamila Shamsie


5. a book that was published independently or through a small publishing house

In This Moment: Revolution, Reckoning, Reparation, curated by Amanda Chestnut


(not technically "a" book, but a series of 10 booklets)


6. a book that focuses on sexuality &/or gender identity

Detransition, Baby, by Torrey Peters


7. a book about mental health or addiction

Turtles All the Way Down, by John Green


8. POC author: Hispanic/Latinx

Gods of Jade & Shadow, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia


9. a book that focuses on people with disabilities &/or disability rights

Tongues: On Longing and Belonging Through Language, edited by Eufemia Fantetti,

Leonarda Carranza, & Ayelet Tsabari

(cheating a little here - only two of the essays focus on disability)


10. POC author: Native American/Indigenous/First Nations

Empire of Wild, by Cherie Dimaline


11. a book that focuses on a religious minority

Firekeeper's Daughter, by Angeline Boulley


12. POC author: Mixed race

Mixed Feelings, by Avan Jogia


13. a book that has been translated from another language

Little Eyes, by Samantha Schweblin


14. a book by a local author

Vulnerability is my Superpower: An Underpants & Overbites Collection, by Jackie Davis


15. a memoir, biography, or autobiography

They Called Us Enemy, by George Takei


16. a book that was published in 2021

The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human-Centered Planet, by John Green


17. POC author: East Asian/Southeast Asian/Pacific Islander

Nights When Nothing Happened, by Simon Han


18. a book by or about a refugee or the refugee experience

Nowhere Boy, by Katherine Marsh


19. a mystery where the victim is not a woman

The Devil & the Dark Water, by Stuart Turton


20. a book written by someone in prison

The Prison Diary of Ho Chi Minh, by Ho Chi Minh



As for a 2022 Reading Challenge... undecided as to whether I will do one or not. It's TBD!


Sharing a beautiful Happy New Year from Yo-Yo Ma:


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