2021: The 14th Annual Year in Books

This year started out so strong for reading. I read 44 books in the first half of the year and I really thought I was going to make it to 100. Alas, it was, once again, not meant to be. I read 62 books in total this year. Between vision therapy, changing jobs, getting a kitten, and preparing for my Spanish exam, reading got cut for time and energy in the latter half of the year. Still, I can’t be upset. I read many good books and, thanks to vision therapy, reading is getting physically easier (who knew that was even an option?!).

  • Page count: 21,266 pages, which is rather less than last year’s 33,000 but not far off from 2019’s count of 23,500.
  • Library use: I read 17 books from the library (though I am sure I checked out more than I read) and 45 books that I owned.
  • Female/male authors: I’m keeping my pro-woman-author bias strong. I read 54 books by women and just 6 by men.
  • Digital and analog: It was a fairly even split between ebooks and paper books with 25 ebooks, 33 paper books.
  • Fiction and non-fiction: 48 fiction, 14 non-fiction
  • Books in other languages: I ready just two books in Spanish this year. Studying for a test, unfortunately, doesn’t always mean reading books.
  • Favorites:

If you want to see what I read in previous years, you can click the books of the year tag to see all my past annual book posts.

If you would like to be book friends all year, you can join me on StoryGraph! My username is linzomatic.

And now: the list of books I read in 2021.

Date FinishedTitleAuthor
1/2Feminist City: Claiming Space in a Man-Made WorldLeslie Kern
1/5Nophek GlossEssa Hansen
1/11Composting: Bob’s BasicsBob Flowerdew
1/11AfterlandLauren Beukes
1/18When Tiger Came Down the MountainNghi Vo
1/19Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White SupremacyTalie Lavin
1/21Composting for a New Generation: Latest Tcniques for the Bin and BeyondMichelle Balz, Anna Stockton
1/28Big Dirty Money: The Shocking Injustice and Unseen Cost of White Collar CrimeJennifer Taub
1/29How the Multiverse Got Its RevengeK. Eason
2/1Psychology of Time TravelKate Mascarenhas
2/6The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry GirlsAnissa Gray
2/10Mexican GothicSilvia Moreno-Garcia
2/14Nickel BoysColson Whitehead
2/19Winter’s OrbitEvarina Maxwell
2/20Work Won’t Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and AloneSarah Jaffe
2/23The Color of AirGail Tsukiyama
2/25WitchmarkC. L. Polk
2/27StormsongC. L. Polk
3/2SoulstarC. L. Polk
3/12Caste: The Origins of Our DiscontentsIsabel Wilkerson
3/19The Poppy WarR. F. Kuang
3/25Hollow KingdomKira Jane Buxton
3/30Mediocre: The dangerous legacy of white male AmericaIjeoma Oluo
4/2The FlamethowersRachel Kushner
4/6VagabundosHao Jingfang
4/10We Ride Upon SticksQuan Barry
4/16How to Lose the Information War: Russia, Fake News, and the Future of ConflictNina Jankowicz
4/19My Year AbroadChang-Rae Lee
4/24Gonzlez and Daughter Trucking Co.: A Road Novel with Literary LicenseMaría Amparo Escandón
4/30The Bright and Breaking SeaChloe Neill
5/3Fugitive TelemetryMartha Wells
5/8Not All Dead White Men: Classics and Misogyny in the Digital AgeDonna Zuckerberg
5/13The Invisible Life of Addie LaRueV. E. Schwab
5/16Leave the World BehindRumaan Alam
5/19The Galaxy, and the Ground WithinBecky Chambers
5/26A Discovery of WitchesDeborah Harkness
5/31Shadow of NightDeborah Harkness
6/4The Book of LifeDeborah Harkness
6/10Minor Feelings: An Asian American ReckoningCathy Park Hong
6/10Los desesperadosJoselo Rangel
6/12The Disaster TouristYun Ko-Eun
6/14DeathlessCatherynne Valente
6/21The UnbrokenC. L. Clark
6/29With Teeth: A NovelKristen Arnett
7/16Master of DjinnP. Djèlí Clark
7/23The Actual StarMonica Byrne
7/24FinnaNino Cipri
8/16The OutsideAda Hoffman
8/21Crying in H Mart: A MemoirMichelle Zauner
8/30The World Gives WayMarissa Levien
9/8The Chosen and the BeautifulNghi Vo
9/12The Season: A Social History of the DebutanteKristen Richardson
9/20Belabored: A Vindication of the Rights of Pregnant WomenLyz Lenz
9/22The FallenAda Hoffman
10/4Arcana, ciudad escaleraTamara Romero
10/6A Psalm for the Wild BuiltBecky Chambers
10/9A Spindle SplinteredAlix E. Harrow
10/27The Jasmine ThroneTasha Suri
11/9Practical MagicAlice Hoffman
11/23Certain Dark ThingsSilvia Moreno-Garcia
12/1Black SunRebecca Roanhorse
12/22The Tiger’s DaughterK Arsenault Rivera