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
⭐ The Art of Reading Minds; Self-help by Henrik Fexeus
⭐⭐⭐- Women Who Run With the Wolves; Self-help by Clarissa Pinkola Estés
⭐⭐⭐- The Woman in the Window; Novel by A. J. Finn
⭐⭐⭐- Boundaries; Self-help by Henry Cloud & John Townsend
⭐⭐- Yes Please; Autobiography by Amy Poehler
⭐ – The Bride Test; Novel by Helen Hoang
⭐- The Baby Plan; Novel by Kate Rorick
⭐- One In a Million Boy; Novel by Monica Wood
⭐- Not My Father’s Son; Autobiography by Alan Cumming
⭐⭐- Girl Stop Apologizing; Self-help by Rachel Hollis
⭐- The Sibling Effect; by Jeffrey Kluger
⭐- The Alchemist; Novel by Paulo Coelho
⭐⭐⭐⭐- The Polygamists Daughter; Autobiography by Anna LeBaron and Leslie Wilson
⭐⭐⭐-The 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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