books to read 2021

Happy New Year and thank you for reading my blog! I hope you consistently find things here to read, ponder, share and discuss.

I’ve already collected a good group of potential reads from various ‘best of 2020’ lists. But I also looked at last year’s running list, and there’s so much there I still want to read including Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich and Slave Day… Another one on the list, Badass Habits by Jen Sincero is my first read of the year, along with Don’t Turn Around by Jessica Barry which looks like a harrowing thriller.

Here are the first few, with handy links this time. What grabs you?

These two were recommended in Essence magazine.

Here are some recs from Esquire magazine:

It’s January 28th and I’m back with more book titles I’ve collected here and there. I’m trying to keep track of where I hear about each book, it’s interesting to me anyway, not sure about anyone else?

That being said, this first book / author was on a scrap of paper with no other info.

  • The Highway by C.J. Box. This inspired the new tv series Big Sky (I’ve seen the commercials but not the show itself. It reminded me of Big Little Lies only ABC not HBO. So, upon googling for a link I found out Box won an Edgar Award for an earlier book called Blue Heaven. So now I want to try that one first.

This book rec came from a past issue of UF’s J-school magazine, Orange and Blue

  • The Five Second Rule by Mel Robbins sounds like something I’d read. The five seconds refer to a time to push yourself. It reminds me of Urban Meyer’s mantra when he was the Gator’s coach. All he wanted each play was “Four to six seconds of relentless effort.” I’ll check out the TED Talk first. May update – I got this from the library and can summarize it here: before you start anything, count down to yourself (5…4…3…2…1) and then just do it. Yeah, if only it were this easy!

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Here’s one from the Washington Post:

May updates!

Colors in Nature by Jana Sedlackova and Stephanka Sekaninova

The Boy Who Would Be King by Ryan Holiday

Young Money by Kevin Roose

Unpacking My Library by Leah Price

Phase Six by Jim Shepard Update: my sister read it and loved it!

How Lucky by Will Leitch

SEPTEMBER – updating this list with titles I’ve written down over the summer…

Principles of Success (children’s book) by Ray Dalio

Le Divorce by Diane Johnson

Saboteurs by Michael Dobbs

A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight

The Affair by Sheryl Browne

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini (science fiction)

The Overstory

The Happiest Man on Earth

The System by Ryan Gattis

The Madman’s Library by Edward Brooke Hitching

You Don’t Know Me (YA)

How The World is Passed by Clint Smith

The Choice: Embrace The Possible

The Premonition by Michael Lewis (Review coming! Read this book!)

Geiger by Gustaf Skordeman

Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Crosby

Our House by Louise Candlish

The Beautiful Poetry of Donald Trump by Rob Sears

Vladimir Putin: Life Coach by Rob Sears

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Dowling

Six Drawing Lessons by William Kentridge

A Touch of Jen by Beth Morgan

The Cover Wife by Dan Fesperman

Virtue by Hermione Hoby

Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close

The Haunting of Alma Fielding by Kate Sommerscale

The Tiny Bee That Hovers at the Center of the World by David Searcy

That Weekend by Kara Thomas

You Were Never Here by Andi Bartz

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman

The Failed Promise by Robert S. Levine

Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman

Possession by A.J. Byatt

The following came from a US Air Force reading list I stumbled across

  • Focus by Daniel Goleman
  • The Art of Significance by Dan Clark
  • Blind Spot by Banaji and Greenwald
  • The Blue Zones by Dan Buettner
  • The All Americans by Lars Anderson
  • The Words We Live By by Linda R. Monk
  • The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli
  • The Go-Giver by Burg and Mann

Instant Replay edited by Dick Schapp

Slouching Toward Bethlehem by Joan Didion

To Be A Slave by Julius Lester (children’s)

Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty

Cloud Cukoo Land by Anthony Doerr

The Guide by Peter Heller

Helgoland by Carlo Rovelli

The Very Nice Box by Laura Blackett and Eve Gleichman

DeNiro’s Game by Rawi Hage

11/21/21 update. More books I’ve scribbled down here and there, while listening to NPR or reading reviews in the NY Times or Washington Post. Or found through a google alert or interview with an author. So many recommendations and so many books, we’ll never get to all of them!

The Bad Seed by William March

Damnation Spring by Ash Davidson

The Little Drummer Girl (Stephen King’s favorite Le Carre)

Mr. Putin by Fiona Hill and Clifford G. Gaddy

White But Not Quite (2022)

The Words of My Father by Yousef Bashir

Girl in the Tangerine Scarf by Mohja Kahf

Vexy Thing by Imani Perry

Goring’s Man in Paris by Jonathan PetroPoulos

Blue by Kai Kupferschmidft

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

Nightingale Wood by Stella Gibbons

Mariana by Monica Dickens

Wild Strawberries by Angela Thirkell

The Flower Yard:: Growing Flamboyant Flowers in Containers by Arthur Parkinson

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

How to Find Your Way in the Dark: by Derek B. Miller

Psalms: The Character of God

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