2021 book list

  • Don’t Turn Around by Jessica Barry boasted a blurb / recommendation from Karin Slaughter, one of my favorite authors, and it definitely delivered. Two compelling female characters and a page-turning story. Great way to start the year!
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. Review in progress but I wholeheartedly recommend it. Sad, sweet, horrifying, hopeful.
  • Badass Habits by Jen Sincero. I like her style of writing which is funny and direct. Smart advice here…
  • My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell. Whew. I knew the subject matter going in, but still. Intense and honest and in the end, hopeful.
  • Unapologetically Ambitious by Shellye Archambeau. Wonderful memoir and guide for aspiring leaders. Working on a review right now!
  • Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert. This is a laugh-out-loud rom-com of a novel. So glad I found this author! She’s hilarious, smart. Can’t wait to read her other books. Warning though: SEX! Ha. If you’re not into pages and pages of steamy encounters, this book isn’t for you.
  • Dear Child by Romy Hausmann. Very good but also sad. See my review.
  • The Talented Miss Farwell by Emily Gray Tedrowe. Ooh a charming sociopath! Loved this book, review just posted!
  • Weather by Jenny Offill. Reviewed and recommended.
  • The Highway by C.J. Box. ABC’s show Big Sky was based on this novel. ‘ll probably check out more of him, he’s written a ton of books.
  • The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close. Reviewed and recommended.
  • American Assassin by Vince Flynn. My brother recommended this author so I went back to the beginning of his Mitch Rapp series. I liked it, but I like macho police / CIA / military / freelance books. I’ll read more of Flynn, and now I need to get my brother to try Barry Eisler’s series about John Rain…
  • The Last Flight by Julie Clark
  • Time Warped by Claudia Hammond – see my review.
  • Black Buck by  Mateo Askaripour. Crazy good. Please see my enthusiastic review.
  • The Push by Ashley Audrain. Deserving of all the hype, but I wanted more! See my review.
  • Later by Stephen King. Sorry Steve, loved the book but hated the ending 😦 See my short review but judge for yourself!
  • The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle. A twins story! A sailing story! See my review.
  • You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz. The Undoing on HBO was based on this book. Oh my, so thoughtful and thought-provoking and worth it!
  • Blue Heaven by C.J. Box. I am now a member of the C.J. Box fan club. This is a standalone of his and it was super-good.
  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Favorite book of the year so far! See my review and please, read it!
  • Early Morning Riser by Katherine Heiny. Happy but not sappy. Recommended!

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