I had set a goal of 60 books for the year 2021 and conquered it by completing 80 books. Little unbelievable for me. This is by far my best performance in the last 5 years. I have never set a big goal like this before and I went 20 books above the goal, that was amazing.
I am not a fan of purchasing books, so my sources of reading were the public library, kindle app, and Libby App. Omaha Public Library was preferred as I love hardcovers over the digital versions. I used Kindle mainly for books not easily available in the library like Indian writer’s books. Prime members have many good books available to read for free, in addition to that, I also took Kindle Unlimited membership on a promotional deal. Libby app is useful to check out digital versions of books from your library to your device. You can read them on Kindle or Libby app.
Talking about genres, I covered most of them – Fiction, Non-Fiction, Historical Fiction, Graphic novel, Classics, Horror, Self-help, Short-stories, Health, Photography, Cooking, Educational, Mythological, and Biography.
Out of 80 books, many stayed with me. Each book you read leaves an imprint on you. Although each book was unique in its way, I selected 12 favorites that deserve to be on our book-shelf.
TOP 12 Books of 2021
S. No. Title Author Genre 1 The Vegetarian Han, Kang Fiction 2 The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit Finkel, Michael Non-Fiction 3 The Nickel Boys Whitehead, Colson * Fiction 4 The Ardent Swarm Manai, Yamen Fiction 5 Pet Sematary King, Stephen Horror 6 West with Giraffes Rutledge, Lynda Historical Fiction 7 Tesla: Inventor of the Modern Munson, Richard * Biography 8 Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy Sadhguru * Self Help 9 Fight Club Palahniuk, Chuck * Fiction 10 “I Am a Man”: Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for Justice Starita, Joe Non-Fiction 11 Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Süskind, Patrick Historical Fiction 12 The Complete Maus Spiegelman, Art Non-Fiction Top 12 Reads
S. No. Title Author Genre 1 Manglacharan (JAN) Premchand, Munshi Fiction 2 मेरी प्रिय कहानियां (JAN) चतुरसेन, आचार्य Short Stories 3 A Beginner’s Guide to the Stock Market: Everything You Need to Start Making Money Today (JAN) Kratter, Matthew R. Educational 4 Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy (JAN) Sadhguru * Self Help 5 The Vegetarian (JAN) Han, Kang Fiction 6 Bonsai Basics: A Comprehensive Guide to Care and Cultivation (JAN) Lewis, Colin Educational 7 The Widow’s Cabin (JAN) Davis, L.G. * Fiction 8 Turning Point (JAN) Deaver, Jeffery * Thriller 9 Giraffe & Flamingo (JAN) Sittenfeld, Curtis * Short Story 10 The Dinner (JAN) Koch, Herman Fiction 11 Shanta : The Story of Rama’s Sister (FEB) Neelakantan, Anand Hindu Mythology 12 Taproot (FEB) Young, Keezy Graphic 13 The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit (FEB) Finkel, Michael Non-Fiction 14 Buried (FEB) Deaver, Jeffery Suspense 15 Snowflakes (FEB) Ware, Ruth Fiction 16 The Nickel Boys (FEB) Whitehead, Colson * Fiction 17 Adulthood Is a Myth (Sarah’s Scribbles, #1) (FEB) Andersen, Sarah Graphic 18 Chetna’s Healthy Indian: Vegetarian: Everyday veg and vegan feasts effortlessly good for you (FEB) Makan, Chetna Health & Food 19 A Burning (FEB) Majumdar, Megha Fiction 20 The Ardent Swarm (FEB) Manai, Yamen Fiction 21 Sula (MAR) Morrison, Toni Fiction 22 The Crafter’s Guide to Taking Great Photos: The Best Techniques for Showcasing Your Handmade Creations (MAR) Adnum, Heidi Educational 23 Notes from the Underground (MAR) Dostoyevsky, Fyodor Classic 24 Slow Burner (MAR) Lippman, Laura Suspense 25 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6) (MAR) Rowling, J.K. Fantasy 26 The Lost Words (MAR) Macfarlane, Robert * Graphic 27 The Need (MAR) Phillips, Helen * Fiction 28 Pet Sematary (APR) King, Stephen Horror 29 Everything Is Here to Help You: A Loving Guide to Your Soul’s Evolution (APR) Kahn, Matt Self Help 30 Big Mushy Happy Lump (Sarah’s Scribbles, #2) (APR) Andersen, Sarah Graphic 31 Treasure (APR) Braithwaite, Oyinkan Short Story 32 Indian Horse (APR) Wagamese, Richard Fiction 33 The Gift (APR) Gaylin, Alison Suspense 34 Herding Cats (Sarah’s Scribbles, #3) (APR) Andersen, Sarah Graphic 35 Pride: A Pride and Prejudice Remix (APR) Zoboi, Ibi Fiction 36 Let Her Be (APR) Unger, Lisa Short Story 37 How to Be a Conscious Eater: Making Food Choices That Are Good for You, Others, and the Planet (APR) Egan, Sophie Educational 38 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) (MAY) Rowling, J.K. Fantasy 39 The Midnight Library (MAY) Haig, Matt Fiction 40 West with Giraffes (MAY) Rutledge, Lynda Historical Fiction 41 Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other (MAY) Black, Conrad Biography 42 The Devil’s Highway: A True Story (MAY) Urrea, Luis Alberto Non-Fiction 43 Open House (JUN) Sise, Katie * Suspense 44 In the Heart of the Fire (Nameless: Season One #1) (JUN) Koontz, Dean * Thriller 45 The Snow Child (JUN) Ivey, Eowyn * Fantasy 46 All My Friends Are Dead (JUN) Monsen, Avery Graphic 47 Photographing the Dead (Nameless: Season One #2) (JUN) Koontz, Dean * Thriller 48 The Praying Mantis Bride (Nameless: Season One #3) (JUN) Koontz, Dean * Thriller 49 Tesla: Inventor of the Modern (JUN) Munson, Richard * Biography 50 A Death (JUN) King, Stephen * Suspense 51 Red Rain (Nameless: Season One #4) (JUN) Koontz, Dean * Thriller 52 The Mercy of Snakes (Nameless: Season One #5) (JUN) Koontz, Dean * Thriller 53 Memories of Tomorrow (Nameless: Season One #6) (JUN) Koontz, Dean * Thriller 54 The Story of an Hour (JUL) Chopin, Kate Classic 55 The Gift of the Magi (JUL) Henry, O. Classic 56 The Yellow Wall-Paper (JUL) Perkins Gilman, Charlotte Classic 57 A Christmas Carol (JUL) Dickens, Charles Classic 58 No Beast So Fierce: The Terrifying True Story of the Champawat Tiger, the Deadliest Man-Eater in History (JUL) Huckelbridge, Dane * Non-Fiction 59 The Masque of the Red Death (JUL) Poe, Edgar Allan Classic 60 Go the Fuck to Sleep (AUG) Mansbach, Adam * Graphic 61 The Girls in the Attic (AUG) Gabriel, Marius Historical Fiction 62 Cause of Death (AUG) Deaver, Jeffery Suspense 63 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth and Other Useful Guides (AUG) Inman, Matthew Graphic 64 Fight Club (AUG) Palahniuk, Chuck * Fiction 65 Mexican Gothic (SEP) Moreno-Garcia, Silvia * Mystery 66 “I Am a Man”: Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for Justice (SEP) Starita, Joe Non-Fiction 67 The White Tiger (OCT) Adiga, Aravind Fiction 68 Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened (OCT) Brosh, Allie * Graphics 69 A Lesson Before Dying (OCT) Gaines, Ernest J. Historical Fiction 70 Why Don’t You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It?: A Mother’s Suggestions (OCT) Marx, Patricia Graphics 71 ट्वेल्थ फेल | Twelfth Fail | 12th Fail (NOV) Pathak, Anurag Non-Fiction 72 The Last Leaf (NOV) Henry, O. Classic 73 Chanakya Neeti (NOV) Jain, R.P. Philosophy 74 Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (NOV) Süskind, Patrick Historical Fiction 75 7 Secrets From Hindu Calendar Art (DEC) Pattanaik, Devdutt * Mythology 76 MAUN MUSKAAN KI MAAR (DEC) Rana, Ashutosh Short Stories 77 The Complete Maus (DEC) Spiegelman, Art Non-Fiction 78 Prep: The Essential College Cookbook (DEC) Morford, Katie Sullivan Educational 79 Tears of Amber (DEC) Segovia, Sofía Historical Fiction 80 The One Hour Content Plan: The Solopreneur’s Guide to a Year’s Worth of Blog Post Ideas in 60 Minutes and Creating Content That Hooks and Sells (DEC) Kothand, Meera * Educational Goodreads of 2021
I have set a reading goal for 2022 and looking forward to finishing it just like 2021. Have you already set your reading goal?
Happy Reading! Keep Traveling !!!
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4 thoughts on “Best of 2021 – Goodreads”
I constantly read but don’t count or record what I’ve read. It is my greatest pleasure. Noted you read ‘The Masque of the Red Death’, by E. A. Poe. Great story and relatable to COVID right now, right?
Enjoy each day. Cheers, Muriel
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Yes, very nice story. No-one can escape from Death 💀😊. I took a writing course from my library, under their assignments, I got the chance to read this masterpiece.
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Very impressive, eclectic reading list. You had a great year! 🙂📚
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Yes it was. I wish the same for this year. 😊
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