2021 – Books Read

In 2021, I ended up reading about 80 books. I expanded beyond my usual preference for YA, checking out different fiction genres as well as a ton of nonfiction. My biggest secret? Reading two books at once–generally fiction on my kindle for about an hour before I fell asleep each night, and nonfiction throughout the day, while eating breakfast, brushing my teeth, during commercial breaks I couldn’t fast forward through…

Favorite Fiction: Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake – Alexis Hall
Favorite Nonfiction: A None’s Story – Corinna Nicalou
Honorable Mentions (because choosing is hard!):
Concrete Rose – Angie Thomas
The Guinevere Deception – Kiersten White
Boyfriend Material – Alexis Hall
An Emotion of Great Delight – Tahereh Mafi
I Hope You Get This Message – Farah Naz Rishi
The Cousins – Karen M McManus
You Can Go Your Own Way – Eric Smith
Hot Dog Girl – Jennifer Dugan
Save the Cat! Writes a Novel – Jessica Brody
Untamed – Glennon Doyle

  1. Caravel – Stephanie Garber
  2. Don’t Read the Comments – Eric Smith
  3. You Had Me at Hola – Alexis Daria
  4. A Promised Land – Barack Obama
  5. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue – V.E. Schwabb
  6. These Violent Delights – Chloe Gong
  7. The Devil You Know – Jo Goodman
  8. Concrete Rose – Angie Thomas
  9. The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
  10. Meet Cute – various authors
  11. Legendary – Stephanie Garber
  12. Pure – Linda Kay Klien
  13. Letter to a Christian Nation – Sam Harris
  14. Finale – Stephanie Garber
  15. You Are Your Own – Jamie Lee Finch
  16. Not Quite Out Yet – Louise Willingham
  17. Cinderella Is Dead – Kalynn Bayron
  18. The Cousins – Karen M McManus
  19. What Kind of Woman – Kate Baer
  20. A Madness So Discreet – Mindy McGinnis
  21. All Your Twisted Secrets – Diana Urban
  22. They Wish They Were Us – Jessica Goodman
  23. Five Total Strangers – Natalie D. Richards
  24. Mating in Captivity – Esther Perel
  25. Plain Bad Heroines – Emily M. Danforth
  26. Firekeeper’s Daughter – Angeline Boulley
  27. Daisy Jones and the Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid
  28. Silver in the Wood – Emily Tesh
  29. Malice – Heather Walter
  30. The Ten Thousand Doors of January – Alix E. Harrow
  31. Bad Theology Kills – Kevin Miguel Garcia
  32. Boyfriend Material – Alexis Hall
  33. Conventionally Yours – Annabeth Albert
  34. Witches, Sluts, Feminists – Kristen J. Sollee
  35. I Hope You Get This Message – Farah Naz Rishi
  36. Damaged Goods – Dianna E. Anders
  37. The Other Black Girl – Zakiya Dalila Harris
  38. Malibu Rising – Taylor Jenkins Reid
  39. Bad Feminist – Roxane Gay
  40. An Emotion of Great Delight – Tahereh Mafi
  41. Untamed – Glennon Doyle
  42. Spellbreaker – Charlie N. Holmberg
  43. Blackout – various authors
  44. Unfair – John Shore
  45. Leaving the Fold – Marlene Winnell
  46. This Is Me Letting You Go – Heidi Priebe
  47. Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls – Lynn Weingarten
  48. The Passing Playbook – Isaac Fitzsimmons
  49. Camp – L.C. Rosen
  50. Hot Dog Girl – Jennifer Dugan
  51. Dear Martin – Nic Stone
  52. Heartstopper – Alice Oseman
  53. For Small Creatures Such as We – Sasha Sagan
  54. The Vanishing Half – Brit Bennett
  55. Some Girls Do – Jennifer Dugan
  56. Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating – Adiba Jaigirdar
  57. One Last Stop – Casey McQuiston
  58. Two Can Keep a Secret – Karen M McManus
  59. Worth It – Britt Barron
  60. You’re a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass) – Mike McHargue
  61. Girl From Shadow Springs – Ellie Cypher
  62. The Idolatry of God – Peter Rollins
  63. The Purity Myth – Jessica Valenti
  64. The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides
  65. The Box in the Woods – Maureen Johnson
  66. Beautiful Revolutionary – Laura Elizabeth Woollett
  67. Out of the Easy – Ruta Sepetys
  68. Peter Darling – Austing Chant
  69. Dear Rachel Maddow – Adrienne Kisner
  70. Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake – Alexis Hall
  71. Save the Cat! Writes a Novel – Jessica Brody
  72. Cultish – Amanda Montell
  73. I Think I Love You – Auriane Desombre
  74. The Final Girl Support Group – Grady Hendrix
  75. Manners and Monsters – Tilly Wallace
  76. The Guinevere Deception – Kiersten White
  77. A None’s Story – Corinna Nicalou
  78. You Can Go Your Own Way – Eric Smith
  79. Into the Gray – Michelle Collins
  80. Beta Reads – though they aren’t published (yet) so don’t warrant their own spot on the list, this year I read two excellent books by Jessica Jo Hoover, start to finish, one of which was quite possibly my favorite nonfiction/memoir of all time. I can’t wait to be able to gush all about it someday!

By annieatkin

When Annie isn't losing herself in someone else's words, she's daydreaming her own stories. She lives at her desk, sometimes venturing into the rest of her home to spend time with her husband. By day she works in an office, but nights and weekends belong to her craft. She loves good tequila, homemade spaghettios, and she will never say no to ice cream.

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