What I’m Reading-2021 Wrap Up

A friend posted her reading list from the past year and it inspired me to do my own. Here are the books I finished (with one exception).  I’ve included notes. I may have forgotten a few and I ‘started’ many more, but this year I gave myself permission to move a book along if I’m not feeling it. Life is short, the library is huge.

The Moment of Lift – Melinda Gates
(Loved this. This woman is just coming into her own. Hide and watch…) 

Silent Spring – Rachel Carson
(An old book, eye-popping relevance now)

When Things Fall Apart – Pema Chodron
(A second read. I love this book)

The Body – Bill Bryson
(I listened to this and didn’t want it to end. I learned SO much)

Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng
(Really engaging. A new-to-me author)

What Now? – Ann Patchett
(I love her non-fiction as much as her novels. What now, indeed.)

The Overstory – Richard Powers
(A great story. This one will be a classic)

What It’s Like to Be a Bird – David Allen Sibley (Absolutely fascinating, one of my favorites)

Paradise in Plain Sight – Karen Maezen Miller (A third read of this. I love everything she writes)

Truth & Beauty – Ann Patchett 
( This was one of the best roadtrip books I listened to all year. This story is beautiful. Sad, but touching. Highly recommend)

Autobiography of a Face – Lucy Grealy 
(A heartbreakingly real story of a life. I wish I would have known her)

Greenlights – Matthew McConaughey 
(not a big fan, but I have to admit he is an engaging storyteller (albeit very full of himself). I listened to him narrate this and I liked it more than I want to admit)

Group – Christie Tate 
(Can’t remember how I heard about this, but it was a really good listen)

Welcoming the Unwelcome – Pema Chodron
(Sound ideas, but some part of me wasn’t ready to embrace all of this)

The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison
(Classic. That’s all. Toni Morrison’s work is just timeless)

The Feather Thief – Kirk Wallace Johnson
(This was given to me by a friend and I loved it)

Weather – Jenny Offill
( a unique refreshing voice. One of my favorites this year!)

A Walk in the Woods – Bill Bryson
(Engaging storyteller and all of my hiking made this one even more special)

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer – Siddhartha Mukherjee 
( This took me four separate check-outs at the library but I finally finished. Absolutely fascinating if you have lots of time. Not sure I could have ‘read’ all of this, but listening was great. Loved it.)

Wintering – Katherine May *
(I tried this three times. Twice reading, once listening. Loved the beginning, but then it fell off a cliff for me. What am I missing here? If you’ve read it, please share …)

Short Cuts – Ray Carver
(I adore anything/everything by Ray Carver. Listened to this, as well. Brilliant) 

Last Chance Texaco – Rickie Lee Jones
(One of my favorite books of the year. Definitely listen to this. She’s a great storyteller, and well … I just love her.)

Normal People – Sally Rooney
(Came to me highly recommended. Saw the Netflix show and liked them both equally)

The Patron Saint of Liars – Ann Patchett
(An all-time favorite. A re-read and I’ll probably read it again this year)

Storycatcher – Christina Baldwin
(This is the quintessential book if you are considering memoir or some other form of telling your story. I also did an amazing workshop with Christina and now have some traction on my own book. Yes, my own book!)

Cathedral – Ray Carver
(Brilliant stuff)

Where I’m Calling From – Ray Carver
(My favorite collection of short stories)

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love – Ray Carver
(Grab this book if you want to really get a sense of Raymond Carver. He is one of the masters of the short story)

Bewilderment -Richard Powers
(I grabbed this one without knowing what to expect and loved it! Surprising, touching and terrifying)

The Art of Dying Well – Katy Butler
(Amazing book chock-full of information that we can all use. This should be titled The Art of Living Well. Read this one!)

Dopesick – Beth Macy
( Dark stuff, tragic and infuriating. All about the global opioid crisis.There is a show by the same title about this too. Both are eye-opening)

Dusk, Night, Dawn – Anne Lamott
(Ann Lamott’s newest dive into life. Times are troubling, but there is always hope. Ann Lamott helped me not cringe when I heard the word Christian. She’s a uniquely powerful spirit)

Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
(A book on writing. And faith. And confidence. THIS writer’s, bible)

Wish You Were Here – Jodi Picoult
(Listening to this right now and I love it so far. It opens just as the world is shutting down from Covid …)

Deep Water Passage – Ann Linnea
( This is a spiritual journey and is my, by the bed, night time book. Stay tuned. Beautiful read so far)

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