My book selection this year is more varied than in years past. I think this is mostly due to two facts: 1. I finally caved and bought an e-reader and 2. COVID has changed all of our day-to-day activities and I read for differing reasons as my moods and values shifted within those changes: to escape reality, to be entertained, to try new styles of literature, etc. Many of my friends specifically read on racial injustices and systematic inequalities. I sought a different subject for my reading this year (though Sarah M. Broom's The Yellow House was an intentional choice within that topic and I highly suggest it.) Maybe it's because I spent the last few years reading heavy Pulitzer and Booker Prize narratives, or perhaps because I was seeking out the same information in my social media, news, and in conversation? If there are books on the subjects that you think I need to read despite my mood, please let me know. I can feel a shifting in me and am ready to once again delve into harder narratives. To be especially frank, I think I sometimes avoid learning about certain issues because after reading I want to do something about it and feel that I can't. I have to remind myself that developing a greater understanding is a way to help. Especially as an educator where what I say and how I say it can have impact in the classroom. I've really enjoyed the works of Colum McCann and Kevin Wilson and am enjoying discovering more of their writing in 2021!
1. Margaret Atwood's Cat's Eye 2. Aravind Adiga's Between the Assassinations 3. Graham Norton's So Me 4. Paul Bowles The Sheltering Sky 5. Patrick Rothfuss The KingKiller Chronicles Trilogy (Name of the Wind, The Wise Man's Fear, *3rd book apparently never coming out*) 6. Tara Westover's Educated 7. Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey 8-10. Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials Trilogy (Golden Compass, Subtle Knife, Amber Spyglass) 11-12. Philip Pullman's The Book of Dust Trilogy (La Belle Sauvage, The Secret Commonwealth, *3rd book in 2021?!*) 13. Mr. Roger's You Are Special 14. Bernadine Evaristo's Girl, Woman, Other 15. Lisa Taddeo's Three Women (warning: sexually explicit) 16. Colum McCann's Zoli 17. Sarah M. Broom's The Yellow House 18. Frank Herbert's Dune 19. Colum McCann's Apeirogon 20. Janice Hadlow's The Other Bennet Sister 21. Taylor Jenkins Reid's Daisy Jones & The Six 22. Kevin Wilson's Nothing to See Here 23. James Nestor's Breath 24. James Nestor's Deep 25. Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch 26. Ernest Cline's Ready Player One 27. Kevin Wilson's The Family Fang 28. Fredrik Backman’s A Man Called Ove
What did you read this year? What would you recommend?