As 2021 comes to a close, I wanted to share all the books I read this year. My habit of reading is one of the few things that has benefitted from all my time at home this year.
So here’s the list. This is in the order of how I read them, not how much I enjoyed them. There were so many good books, it’s hard to focus on just a few (and now that I look at them all, I must admit there’s one or two I don’t even remember reading).
As far as entertaining reads, I really enjoyed Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, A Short History of Nearly Everything, Project Hail Mary, The Soul of an Octopus, The Birth of Loud, and You’ll Never Believe What Happened To Lacey.
Meaningful and powerful reads included Seven Fallen Feathers, Paying the Land, The Power, Gutter Child, Just Mercy, Five Little Indians, This One Looks Like a Boy, A Fine Balance, and Overstory.
In the end, not a bad list…
- Mediocre — Ijeoma Oluo
- How To Kill a City — PE Moskowitz
- Seven Fallen Feathers — Tanya Talaga
- Stories of Your Life — Ted Chiang
- Paying the Land — Joe Sacco
- Evicted — Matthew Desmond
- Exhalation — Ted Chiang
- Happy City — Charles Montgomery
- Sputnik Sweetheart — Haruki Murakami
- Do Better — Rachel Ricketts
- Good Lord Bird — James McBride
- 21 Things You May Not Know About The Indian Act — Bob Joseph
- Smoke Gets In Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory — Caitlin Doughty
- The Power — Naomi Alderman
- Indigenomics — Carol Anne Hilton
- Born Standing Up — Steve Martin
- The Devil You Know — Charles Blow
- A Short History of Nearly Everything — Bill Bryson
- All Our Relations — Tanya Talaga
- Watchmen — Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
- Peace and Good Order — Harold Johnson
- How To Write One Song — Jeff Tweedy
- Gutter Child — Jael Richardson
- The Body, A Guide For Occupants — Bill Bryson
- The Right To Be Cold — Sheila Watt-Cloutier
- Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls — David Sedaris
- Year Book — Seth Rogen
- Minor Feelings — Cathy Park Hong
- A Promised Land — Barack Obama
- Project Hail Mary — Andy Weir
- The Day the World Stops Shopping — J.B. MacKinnon
- Power, A Users Guide — Julie Diamond
- Think Again — Adam Grant
- The Premonition — Michael Lewis
- DreadfulWater — Thomas King
- The Soul of an Octopus — Sy Montgomery
- Willful Blindness — Sam Cooper
- Mission Economy — Mariana Mazzucato
- The Bomber Mafia — Malcolm Gladwell
- In Search of April Raintree — Beatrice Mosionier
- This Is Your Mind on Plants — Michael Pollan
- The Red Power Murders — Thomas King
- How to Change Your Mind — Michael Pollan
- Money — Jacob Goldstein
- Indian In the Cupboard — Jody Wilson-Raybould
- The Birth of Loud — Ian S. Port
- Winners Take All — Anand Giridharadas
- Just Mercy — Bryan Stevenson
- Five Little Indians — Michelle Good
- Bewilderment — Richard Powers
- Unreconciled — Jesse Wente
- This One Looks Like A Boy — Lorimer Shenher
- Dune — Frank Herbert
- You’ll Never Believe What Happened To Lacey — Amber Ruffin
- Amusing Ourselves To Death — Neil Postman
- Lost Connections — Johann Hari
- Slaughterhouse-Five — Kurt Vonnegut
- Birds Of All Feathers — Michael Bach
- A Fine Balance — Rohinton Mistry
- Out of Office — Charlie Warzel & Anne Helen Petersen
- Overstory — Richard Powers
In the middle of all that, I happily finished my first book and released it, which was definitely one of my highlights of the year.
I haven’t decided what I’ll start 2022 with – likely Indigenous Relations by Bob Joseph & Cynthia F. Joseph.
If you read something you loved in 2021, leave a comment below and let me know.
Happy New Year, all!
PS: Here’s my list from 2020.