2021 in Books

According to Goodreads, in 2021 I read 118 books (almost 38,000 pages). This does not include the 10 books I didn’t finish. It does include a few cookbooks and a couple of novellas. As always, it was mostly ebooks (99 to be precise) and most of them were from DCPL. Most of the print books I read came from my neighborhood indie, Loyalty Bookstores, by way of Bookshop.

This is up from 84 books in 2020, and can be attributed to the five months that I wasn’t working, plus a good habit of reading instead of doomscrolling, which I need to revive. (I seem to have replaced scrolling Twitter with scrolling hobby-realted subreddits.)

I read 33 books by authors of color, down from 41 last year. I still struggle with exactly how to tag that on Goodreads, and sometimes how to figure out if an author identifies as a person of color to begin with. I’m going to continue doing the best I can with that, and put more energy into identifying books by non-white authors to begin with.

Here are my highest-rated novels of the year, in no particular order:

  • Leave the World Behind, Rumaan Alam
  • All’s Well, Mona Awad
  • Foul is Fair, Hannah Capin
  • A Psalm for the Wild-Built and The Galaxy, and the Ground Within, both by Becky Chambers
  • American Dirt, Jeanine Cummins
  • The Echo Wife, Sarah Gailley
  • The Survivors, Jane Harper
  • The Once and Future Witches, Alix E. Harrow
  • The House in the Cerulean Sea, T.J. Klune
  • The Spellman Files, Lisa Lutz
  • Hamnet, Maggie O’Farrell
  • The Serpent Sea and The Cloud Roads, both by Martha Wells

And highest-rated nonfiction:

  • The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander
  • The Customer of the Future, Blake Morgan

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