A Bad Mom Reads


I "read" A LOT! I say "read" because most of the books I go through are audio books. I drive a lot for work and I found that music doesn't hold my attention and I burn through podcasts in no time flat. Most of the time I just enjoy the books, but on occasion something hits me and I want to share, so I've decided to add a monthly recap of books I've thundered through.


I set my goal this year at 60 books, and as I write this I am on my 72nd of 2021. For fun I'm going to list every book I've consumed from January through the end of November, but I'm only going to write reviews for the ones that impacted me or had an interesting story behind choosing that book.


In order of date finished, here are all of the books I read between January 1 and November 30, 2021:

Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owen's

Talking to Strangers - Malcolm Gladwell


To Sleep in a Sea of Stars - Christopher Paolini - I loved the Inheritance Cycle books and this didn't disappoint. It read like a fantasy writer taking on sci-fi and I like that.

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man - Emmanuel Acho - Learned of this book on Brene Brown's podcast and thought it was very thought provoking.

Lovecraft Country - Matt Ruff

The Famished Road - Ben Okri - A very interesting story, but I couldn't get into the story telling style so this is one of the books I didn't finish.

Mexican Gothic - Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Hillbilly Elegy - J. D. Vance

If it Bleeds - Stephen King

Pachinko - Ming Jin Lee


Klara and the Sun - Kazuo Ishiguro - I love his books! This one is a beautifully heartbreaking as his others.

All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr

Educated - Tara Westover

Dawn - Octavia Butler

Adulthood Rites - Octavia Butler

The Great Alone - Kristin Hannah

Ready Player One - Ernest Cline - I love how nerd this book is! I'm not sure how many times I've read it and Wil Wheaton reading it makes it even nerdier.

Later - Stephen King

The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah

Home Front - Kristin Hannah

Disappearing Moon Cafe - Sky Lee

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle - Sometimes I realize I missed out on a childhood classic and this was an interesting one. I would have loved this in 5th grade or so.

The Woman in Cabin 10 - Ruth Ware

Jurassic Park - Michael Crichton

The Four Winds - Kristin Hannah

Four Hundred Souls - Ibram X. Kendi & Keisha N. Blain

We Begin at the End - Chris Whitaker

Hour of the Witch - Chris Bohjalian

American Dirt - Jeanine Cummins

Sooley - John Grisham

A Promised Land - Barack Obama

1984 - George Orwell

Prized - Caragh M. O'Brien

The Vault of Dreamers - Caragh M. O'Brien

The Rule of Mirrors - Caragh M. O'Brien


The City of Brass - S. A. Chakraborty - This is the first book in the Daevabad Trilogy and it was one of my favorite series I read this year.

Promised - Caragh M. O'Brien

The Kingdom of Copper - S. A. Chakraborty

The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden

The Empire Of Gold - S. A. Chakraborty

The Dark Forest - Liu Cixin - This series fascinates me. The first was sooooo dry for the first half and then got amazing. This is the second in the series and does not slow down. I will finish out the series in 2022.

Gods of Jade and Shadow - Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Chasing the Moon - A. Lee Martinez

Arsenic and Adobo - Mia P. Manansala

The Gifts of Imperfection - Brene Brown - This may have been the only book I read in traditional book format. It was a reread to follow along with the author and her sisters on her podcast..

What Alice Forgot - Liane Moriarty

Nothing More Dangerous - Allen Eskens

The Henna Artist - Alka Joshi - I fell in love with this series and cannot wait for the third book to be released next year.

Billy Summers - Stephen King

The Secret Keeper of Jaipur - Alka Joshi

The Lost Apothecary - Sarah Penner

Version Zero - David Yoon

The Midnight Library - Matt Haig

Nine Perfect Strangers - Liane Moriarty

The Husband's Secret - Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarty

Stamped from the Beginning - Ibram X. Kendi

We Are Satellites - Sarah Pinsker

Truely Madly Guilty - Liane Moriarty

Everything's Eventual - Stephen King

We Could be Heros - Mike Chen

A Spindle Splintered - Alix E. Harrow

A Holly Jolly Diwali - Sonya Lali

Out of the Silent Planet - C. S. Lewis

Under the Whispering Door - T. J. Klune - I love this book. I think different ideas about what happens when we die and this is a beautiful idea.


The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck - Mark Manson - This is my favorite book of 2021! If the title offends you then don't even bother. If it doesn't offend you, seriously consider reading it. It is more about prioritizing fucks than not giving any. This book is a big reason that this blog is back.

The House in the Cerulean Sea - T. J. Klune - I did not actually realize this was the second book I'd read by this author until I made this list. I really liked it as well.

Stupid Things I Won't Do When I Get Old - Steven Petrow - This is a great book! If you work in senior care a lot of this is common knowledge, but it could be eye opening for others.

The Gunslinger - Stephen King - When I hit my goal of 60 books I wanted to fall back into a series I've enjoyed before. I decided to go back to the Dark Tower, but it wasn't available for over a month so instead of my 61st book it became my 71st.


Who wants to make a suggestion about what I read in 2022?


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