In life, I tend to be an all or nothing kind of girl. It's not a great attribute but it is what it is. I was all in on this blog...and then I just gave up when I went a few weeks without thinking about posting. One of my goals for 2022 is to be consistent with my book reviews. I am committed to post at least once a month with my reviews and recommendations for the month. In 2021, I read (or listened to) 78 books. That's an all-time high since I started keeping track. I read a lot of fiction. I dug deep into race relations and white supremacy. I enjoyed nonfiction and biographies. If you're curious about every review of the books I've read, please go to my goodreads and check out my 2021 reviews. If you have a specific genre you enjoy, shoot me a note for a recommendation.
Last year I posted top 10 Fiction and top 10 Nonfiction. This year I'm muddling them together. When I dug into my Read books, I found I gave Five Star ratings to 9 Nonfiction books and 9 Fiction books. I decided to pull my top 10 from that basis. This is not to say that I wouldn't recommend a hole HOST of the 4 star books I've read...and even a few of the 3 star books, depending in on who I'm recommending a book to. My opinion of a book is always tempered by my own life and experiences and often the mood I'm in or my emotional state when I'm consuming the book!
Without further ado, in Alphabetical order by title... My Top 10 of 2021. Click the image to go to my original Goodreads Review.
Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
Listen to this one on audible if you like audiobooks.
Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey
Even if you don't listen to books, listen to this one. Trust me.
Sankofa by Chibundu Onuzo
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
I've been asked where to start if you're keen on digging into your part in undoing White Supremacy. This is a great place to start.
The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman
The inaugural poem delivered at the inauguration of Joe Biden. If you did not see the performance, find it on YouTube. Regardless of your politics. Then buy the book.
The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
If pressed, I'd have to say this was my favorite book of 2021
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Listen to this one on audible...Carey Mulligan's voice is a treat.
The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
The Sealwoman's Gift by Sally Magnusson
An excellent audible choice, if only for the Icelandic pronunciations!
Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know by Adam Grant
If only everybody would read this book.
So, that's it for now. If you're reading this, thank you for continuing to follow my completely inactive and unattended book review blog/social media. Please reach out if you want to talk books or ideas! xx