2021 Reading Recap

32 books. 11,014 pages. Here’s an overview by genre, and then I’ll give you a list of my 5 star reads. In no particular order…

 

Fiction

Comfort & Joy – Kristin Hannah

Royal Holiday – Jasmine Guillory

In a Holidaze – Christina Lauren

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling

People We Meet on Vacation – Emily Henry

Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling

Normal People – Sally Rooney

Writers & Lovers – Lily King

One Last Stop – Casey McQuiston

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling

This Time Next Year – Sophie Cousens

Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens

I Was Told It Would Get Easier – Abbi Waxman

In Five Years – Rebecca Serle

 

Non-Fiction

I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life – Anne Bogel

Why We Swim – Bonnie Tsui

Not All Diamonds and Rose: The Real Housewives Spilling Tea, Throwing Shade and Sharing Secrets – Dave Quinn

Stamped (For Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You – Jason Reynolds

This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action and Do the Work – Tiffany Jewell

How to Be an Antiracist – Ibram X. Kendi

Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education – Ken Robinson

The Housewives: The Real Story Behind the Real Housewives – Brian Moylan

The Unlikely Thru-Hiker: An Appalachian Trail Journey – Derick Lugo

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World – Adam Grant

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed – Lori Gottlieb

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption – Bryan Stevenson

Is This Anything? – Jerry Seinfeld

Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen – Dan Heath

Educated – Tara Westover

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Building a Story Brand – Donald Miller

The Crown: The Official Companion, Volume 1 – Robert Lacey

 

5 Star Reads of 2021:

Why We Swim – Bonnie  Tsui

In a Holidaze – Chrisitna Lauren

Not All Diamonds and Rose: The Real Housewives Spilling Tea, Throwing Shade and Sharing Secrets – Dave Quinn

Stamped (For Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You – Jason Reynolds

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling

Writers & Lovers – Lily King

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed – Lori Gottlieb

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption – Bryan Stevenson

Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens

Educated – Tara Westover

Building a Story Brand – Donald Miller

 

I’m starting 2022 strong – I’ve already finished my first two books of the year. First was The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. This is a book that so many people said to me, “I can’t believe you haven’t read it!” A memoir that follows the childhood of the author growing up poor, traveling around the country to the next place their family believes they can put down roots, all with the aim of building their Glass Castle. Then I read The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle. This book was recommended during a presentation by a superintendent of another district as one of the resources she used to guide her school board through some team building exercises. Hoping to implement some of the ideas with my own team! Up next is Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Reid seems to be one of the hot authors lately turning out a new release every year or so. This will be the first book of hers that I have read but Malibu Rising is also in my ‘near future’ pile of books.

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