2021 Book List

2021 Book List!

I’m giving you a jumpstart on your 2021 book list! Here is a wrap on all the books I read in 2020. The books I think you absolutely must read, the ones I think you can skip, and the books somewhere in between. Here are the books I read, in the order that I read them, not the order of importance. Here is the key to the star system: 1 – 2 ⭐ = might not be worth your time. 3 – 4 ⭐= pleasurable/worth it. 5 ⭐= an absolute must read. 

All of these are just my opinion. I know that the state of mind and the things going on in our lives greatly impact the lens with which we see the world or read a book. Take all these opinions with a grain of salt! Let me know your thoughts!

Books I read in 2020, that you can enjoy in 2021: 

⭐⭐- Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell; Novel by Susanna Clarke
⭐⭐⭐- The Secret of Chimneys; Novel by Agatha Christie
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐- The Power of Gentleness; Philosophy by Anne Dufourmantelle  If you read only one book in 2021, let it be this.
⭐⭐⭐⭐- War and Peace; Novel by Leo Tolstoy I’m giving this one 4 stars because I think the visceral insights into human emotion and decision making are rich and palpable, but I don’t think it’s essential.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐- The Object Stares Back; Philosophy by James Elkins Another favorite from this year!
⭐⭐⭐Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life; Christina Lit by Tish Harrison Warren
⭐⭐⭐- The Grapes of Wrath; Novel by John Steinbeck
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration; Non-fiction by Isabel Wilkerson
⭐⭐– It Burns: The Scandal-Plagued Race to Breed the World’s Hottest Chilli; Non-fiction by Marc Fennell
⭐⭐⭐The Toaster Oven Mocks Me; Humorous Memoir by Steve Margolis
⭐⭐⭐– Bonhoeffer; Biography by Eric Metaxas 
⭐⭐⭐– Becoming; Autobiography by Michelle Obama 
Dear Girls; Satire by Ali Wong 
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐A Gentleman in Moscow; Novel by Amor Towles
⭐⭐– The Nightingale; Novel by Kristin Hannah
⭐⭐⭐– The Great Alone; Novel by Kristin Hannah
⭐⭐⭐The House We Grew Up In; Novel by Lisa Jewell
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐- The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage; Self-Help by Brene Brown
– The Upside of Being Down; Autobiography by Jen Gotch
– Heart Breaker; Novel by Claudia Dey
Hill Women: Finding Family and a Way Forward in the Appalachian Mountains; Autobiography by Cassie Chambers
Saturate; Christian Lit by Jeff Vanderstelt
The Enneagram by Richard Rohr
Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered; Autobiography by by Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff
How the Irish Saved Civilization; Historical non-fiction by Thomas Cahill
Nothing to See Here; Novel by Kevin Wilson
Synesthesia: Art and the Mind; Non-fiction by
Carol Steen & Greta Berman
Synesthesia; Non-fiction by Dr. Richard Cytowic 
– Wednesday is Indigo Blue; Non-fiction by Dr. Richard Cytowic 
I Found You; Novel by by Lisa Jewell
How Will You Measure Your Life; Self-help by Clayton Christensen, James Allworth, and Karen Dillon
he Art of Reading Minds; Self-help by Henrik Fexeus
⭐⭐⭐- W
omen Who Run With the Wolves; Self-help by Clarissa Pinkola Estés
⭐⭐⭐- T
he Woman in the Window; Novel by A. J. Finn
⭐⭐⭐- Boundaries; Self-help by Henry Cloud & John Townsend
⭐⭐- Y
es Please; Autobiography by Amy Poehler
– T
he Bride Test; Novel by Helen Hoang
⭐- T
he Baby Plan; Novel by Kate Rorick
⭐- O
ne In a Million Boy; Novel by Monica Wood
⭐- N
ot My Father’s Son; Autobiography by Alan Cumming
⭐⭐- G
irl Stop Apologizing; Self-help by Rachel Hollis
⭐- T
he Sibling Effect; by Jeffrey Kluger
⭐- T
he Alchemist; Novel by Paulo Coelho
⭐⭐⭐⭐- T
he Polygamists Daughter; Autobiography by Anna LeBaron and Leslie Wilson
he Accident; Novel by Natalie Barelli

Have you read any of these? What should I read in 2021? Drop it in the comments below, I’m always on the hunt for new books!

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