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What Did You Read in 2021?

Updated: Jan 20, 2022

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

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

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

(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

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

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

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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