2021 Booklist

Here are all the books I completed in 2021. Most of them I am rating as four stars because most of them were very good! But I saved the five star ratings for books that were exceptionally well-written, thought-provoking, or compelling (to me).

  1. The Foundling, Stacey Halls ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  2. Shuggie Bain, Douglas Stuart ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  3. Family Trust, Kathy Wang ⭐⭐⭐
  4. Bravey, Alexi Pappas ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  5. Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race, Reni Eddo-Lodge ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  6. Interior Chinatown, Charles Yu ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  7. Life After Life, Kate Atkinson ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  8. How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, Jenny Odell ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  9. Humankind: A Hopeful History, Rutger Bregman ⭐⭐⭐
  10. The Mandibles: A Family 2029-2047, Lionel Shriver ⭐⭐⭐
  11. Mission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism, Mariana Mazzucato ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  12. Luster, Raven Leilani ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  13. The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic, Leigh Bardugo ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  14. Writers & Lovers, Lily King ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  15. Men Who Hate Women, Laura Bates ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  16. Braised Pork, An Yu ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  17. Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  18. All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir of Adoption, Nicole Chung ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  19. All Systems Red, Martha Wells ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  20. Earthlings, Sayaka Murata ⭐⭐⭐
  21. Detransition, Baby, Torrey Peters ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  22. Red, White & Royal Blue, Casey McQuiston ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  23. Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982, Cho Nam-Joo ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  24. Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  25. World of Wonders, Aimee Nezhukumatathil ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  26. Days of Distraction, Alexandra Chang ⭐⭐⭐
  27. 你沒有更好的命運, 任明信 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  28. If I Had Your Face, Frances Cha ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  29. Ghosts, Dolly Alderton ⭐⭐⭐ 
  30. Piranesi, Susanna Clarke ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  31. Transcendent Kingdom, Yaa Gyasi ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  32. Circus of Wonders, Elizabeth MacNeal ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  33. Clap When You Land, Elizabeth Acevedo ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  34. The Dangers of Smoking in Bed, Mariana Enriquez ⭐⭐⭐
  35. Craft in the Real World, Matthew Salesses ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  36. The Lamplighters, Emma Stonex ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  37. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, Samin Nosrat ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  38. The Ones We’re Meant To Find, Joan He ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  39. How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House, Cherie Jones ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  40. Heaven, Mieko Kawakami ⭐⭐⭐ 
  41. Crying in H Mart, Michelle Zauner ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  42. Sex and Vanity, Kevin Kwan ⭐⭐
  43. Thanks for the Feedback, Douglas Stone & Sheila Heen ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  44. The Other Black Girl, Zakiya Dalila Harris ⭐⭐⭐
  45. Vaxxers: The Inside Story of the Oxford Astrazeneca Vaccine and the Race Against the Virus, Sarah Gilbert & Catherine Green ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  46. An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination, Sheera Frenkel & Cecilia Kang ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 
  47. Tsarina: Lover, Mother, Murderer, Ellen Alpsten ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  48. Summerwater, Sarah Moss ⭐⭐⭐
  49. How Do Worms Work?, Guy Barter ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  50. Malibu Rising, Taylor Jenkins Reid ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  51. The Handshake: A Gripping History, Ella Al-Shamahi ⭐⭐⭐
  52. Daisy Jones & The Six, Taylor Jenkins Reid ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  53. The Lying Life of Adults, Elena Ferrante ⭐⭐⭐
  54. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Taylor Jenkins Reid ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  55. The Confessions of Fannie Langton, Sara Collins ⭐⭐⭐
  56. Entangled Life, Merlin Sheldrake ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  57. Beautiful World, Where Are You, Sally Rooney ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  58. System Error, Rob Reich, Mehran Sahami & Jeremy Weinstein ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  59. Velvet Was the Night, Silvia Moreno Garcia ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  60. Sovietistan: A Journey Through Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, Erika Fatland ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  61. The Cult of We: WeWork and the Great Startup Delusion, Eliot Brown & Maureen Farrell ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  62. Betty, Tiffany McDaniel ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  63. One Life, Megan Rapinoe ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  64. Whereabouts, Jhumpa Lahiri ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  65. No One Is Talking About This, Patricia Lockwood ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  66. The Promise, Damon Galgut ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  67. A Passage North, Anuk Arudpragasam ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  68. Garden By the Sea, Mercè Rodoreda ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  69. The Girls, Emma Cline ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  70. Court of Lions, Jane Johnson ⭐⭐⭐
  71. Ariadne, Jennifer Saint ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  72. Blockchain Chicken Farm: And Other Stories of Tech in China’s Countryside, Xiaowei Wang ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  73. Great Circle, Maggie Shipstead ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  74. The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem, Amanda Gorman ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  75. Madame Curie: A Biography, Eve Curie ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  76. My Sister’s Keeper, Jodi Picoult ⭐⭐
  77. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants, Robin Wall Kimmerer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  78. The Curse of Bigness, Tim Wu ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  79. H Is for Hawk, Helen McDonald ⭐⭐⭐
  80. Intimacies: A Novel, Katie Kitamura ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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