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?