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

How Lucky by Will Leitch

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