Best of 2021 – Goodreads

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.


  • OPL
  • Kindle
  • Libby

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.TitleAuthorGenre
1The VegetarianHan, KangFiction
2The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True HermitFinkel, MichaelNon-Fiction
3The Nickel BoysWhitehead, Colson *Fiction
4The Ardent SwarmManai, YamenFiction
5Pet SemataryKing, StephenHorror
6West with GiraffesRutledge, Lynda Historical Fiction
7Tesla: Inventor of the ModernMunson, Richard *Biography
8Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to JoySadhguru *Self Help
9Fight ClubPalahniuk, Chuck *Fiction
10“I Am a Man”: Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for JusticeStarita, JoeNon-Fiction
11Perfume: The Story of a MurdererSüskind, PatrickHistorical Fiction
12The Complete MausSpiegelman, ArtNon-Fiction
Top 12 Reads

Honorable Mentions

S. No.TitleAuthorGenre
1The DinnerKoch, HermanFiction
2Adulthood Is a Myth (Sarah’s Scribbles, #1)Andersen, Sarah *Animation
3Indian HorseWagamese, RichardFiction
4The Devil’s Highway: A True StoryUrrea, Luis Alberto *Non-Fiction
5The Snow ChildIvey, Eowyn *Fantasy
6A Christmas CarolDickens, CharlesClassic
Other Goodreads

Total Reads

S. No.TitleAuthorGenre
1Manglacharan (JAN)Premchand, MunshiFiction
2मेरी प्रिय कहानियां (JAN)चतुरसेन, आचार्यShort Stories
3A Beginner’s Guide to the Stock Market: Everything You Need to Start Making Money Today (JAN)Kratter, Matthew R.Educational
4Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy (JAN)Sadhguru *Self Help
5The Vegetarian (JAN)Han, KangFiction
6Bonsai Basics: A Comprehensive Guide to Care and Cultivation (JAN)Lewis, ColinEducational
7The Widow’s Cabin (JAN)Davis, L.G. *Fiction
8Turning Point (JAN)Deaver, Jeffery *Thriller
9Giraffe & Flamingo (JAN)Sittenfeld, Curtis *Short Story
10The Dinner (JAN)Koch, HermanFiction
11Shanta : The Story of Rama’s Sister (FEB)Neelakantan, AnandHindu Mythology
12Taproot (FEB)Young, KeezyGraphic
13The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit (FEB)Finkel, MichaelNon-Fiction
14Buried (FEB)Deaver, JefferySuspense
15Snowflakes (FEB)Ware, RuthFiction
16The Nickel Boys (FEB)Whitehead, Colson *Fiction
17Adulthood Is a Myth (Sarah’s Scribbles, #1) (FEB)Andersen, SarahGraphic
18Chetna’s Healthy Indian: Vegetarian: Everyday veg and vegan feasts effortlessly good for you (FEB)Makan, ChetnaHealth & Food
19A Burning (FEB)Majumdar, MeghaFiction
20The Ardent Swarm (FEB)Manai, YamenFiction
21Sula (MAR)Morrison, ToniFiction
22The Crafter’s Guide to Taking Great Photos: The Best Techniques for Showcasing Your Handmade Creations (MAR)Adnum, HeidiEducational
23Notes from the Underground (MAR)Dostoyevsky, FyodorClassic
24Slow Burner (MAR)Lippman, LauraSuspense
25Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6) (MAR)Rowling, J.K.Fantasy
26The Lost Words (MAR)Macfarlane, Robert *Graphic
27The Need (MAR)Phillips, Helen *Fiction
28Pet Sematary (APR)King, StephenHorror
29Everything Is Here to Help You: A Loving Guide to Your Soul’s Evolution (APR)Kahn, MattSelf Help
30Big Mushy Happy Lump (Sarah’s Scribbles, #2) (APR)Andersen, Sarah Graphic
31Treasure (APR)Braithwaite, Oyinkan Short Story
32Indian Horse (APR)Wagamese, RichardFiction
33The Gift (APR)Gaylin, AlisonSuspense
34Herding Cats (Sarah’s Scribbles, #3) (APR)Andersen, Sarah  Graphic
35Pride: A Pride and Prejudice Remix (APR)Zoboi, Ibi Fiction
36Let Her Be (APR)Unger, LisaShort Story
37How to Be a Conscious Eater: Making Food Choices That Are Good for You, Others, and the Planet (APR)Egan, SophieEducational
38Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) (MAY)Rowling, J.K.Fantasy
39The Midnight Library (MAY)Haig, Matt Fiction
40West with Giraffes (MAY)Rutledge, Lynda Historical Fiction
41Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other (MAY)Black, ConradBiography
42The Devil’s Highway: A True Story (MAY)Urrea, Luis Alberto Non-Fiction
43Open House (JUN)Sise, Katie *Suspense
44In the Heart of the Fire (Nameless: Season One #1) (JUN)Koontz, Dean *Thriller
45The Snow Child (JUN)Ivey, Eowyn *Fantasy
46All My Friends Are Dead (JUN)Monsen, AveryGraphic
47Photographing the Dead (Nameless: Season One #2) (JUN)Koontz, Dean *Thriller
48The Praying Mantis Bride (Nameless: Season One #3) (JUN)Koontz, Dean *Thriller
49Tesla: Inventor of the Modern (JUN)Munson, Richard *Biography
50A Death (JUN)King, Stephen *Suspense
51Red Rain (Nameless: Season One #4) (JUN)Koontz, Dean *Thriller
52The Mercy of Snakes (Nameless: Season One #5) (JUN)Koontz, Dean *Thriller
53Memories of Tomorrow (Nameless: Season One #6) (JUN)Koontz, Dean *Thriller
54The Story of an Hour (JUL)Chopin, KateClassic
55The Gift of the Magi (JUL)Henry, O.Classic
56The Yellow Wall-Paper (JUL)Perkins Gilman, CharlotteClassic
57A Christmas Carol (JUL)Dickens, CharlesClassic
58No Beast So Fierce: The Terrifying True Story of the Champawat Tiger, the Deadliest Man-Eater in History (JUL)Huckelbridge, Dane *Non-Fiction
59The Masque of the Red Death (JUL)Poe, Edgar AllanClassic
60Go the Fuck to Sleep (AUG)Mansbach, Adam *Graphic
61The Girls in the Attic (AUG)Gabriel, MariusHistorical Fiction
62Cause of Death (AUG)Deaver, JefferySuspense
635 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth and Other Useful Guides (AUG)Inman, MatthewGraphic
64Fight Club (AUG)Palahniuk, Chuck *Fiction
65Mexican Gothic (SEP)Moreno-Garcia, Silvia *Mystery
66“I Am a Man”: Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for Justice (SEP)Starita, JoeNon-Fiction
67The White Tiger (OCT)Adiga, AravindFiction
68Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened (OCT)Brosh, Allie *Graphics
69A Lesson Before Dying (OCT)Gaines, Ernest J.Historical Fiction
70Why Don’t You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It?: A Mother’s Suggestions (OCT)Marx, PatriciaGraphics
71ट्वेल्थ फेल | Twelfth Fail | 12th Fail (NOV)Pathak, AnuragNon-Fiction
72The Last Leaf (NOV)Henry, O.Classic
73Chanakya Neeti (NOV)Jain, R.P.Philosophy
74Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (NOV)Süskind, PatrickHistorical Fiction
757 Secrets From Hindu Calendar Art (DEC)Pattanaik, Devdutt *Mythology
76MAUN MUSKAAN KI MAAR (DEC)Rana, AshutoshShort Stories
77The Complete Maus (DEC)Spiegelman, ArtNon-Fiction
78Prep: The Essential College Cookbook (DEC)Morford, Katie SullivanEducational
79Tears of Amber (DEC)Segovia, SofíaHistorical Fiction
80The 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 !!!

4 thoughts on “Best of 2021 – Goodreads

  1. 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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