Books 0f 2021

It was another challenging year on many fronts. As 2021 rolls into 2022, we are nowhere near the end of a pandemic that enters its third year. While I did get out more in 2021, I still spent a fair amount of time at home, thankful once again for 80 books that helped me pass the time, as well as entertain and enlighten me. And about reading as a hobby… A study of 3,635 older adults found that book readers had a 23-month survival advantage and 20% lower mortality risk compared with nonreaders.

So as we begin a new year, grab a seat, a book and sit back and lengthen your lifespan. Here’s my 2021 reading list, which includes 28 works of fiction, as well as memoirs, spiritual books, and a few self-help titles:

Just Kids by Patti Smith
My Wife Said You May Want To Marry Me by Jason B. Rosenthal
Girl Gurl Grrrl: On Womanhood and Belonging in the Age of Black Girl Magic by Kenya Hunt
Do You Mind If I Cancel (Things That Still Annoy Me) by Gary Janetti
Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler
The Beginner’s Goodbye by Anne Tyler
The Best of Me by David Seders
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
Clock Dance by Anne Tyler
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
Nobody Will Tell You This But Me by Bess Kalb
Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give by Ada Calhoun
Tiny Beautiful Things—Advice On Love and Life From Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
Empty: A Memoir by Susan Burton
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
The Last Days of John Lennon by James Patterson
Show Me the Way by Jennifer Luck
Sanctuary—A Memoir by Emily Rapper Black
Why We Can’t Sleep—Women’s New Midlife Crisis by Ada Calhoun
Chronicles of A Radical Hag (With Recipes) by Lorna Landvik
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Leave Out The Tragic Parts by Dave Kindred
After You by Jojo Moyes
Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins
Bookends by Jane Green
If You Tell: A True Story of Murder, Family Secrets, and the Unbreakable Bond of Sisterhood by Gregg Olsen
The Apology by Eve Ensler
Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain by Portia De Rossi
I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
Paris For One & Other Stories by Jojo Moyes
Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted by Suleika Jaouad
Good Company by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
That Bird Has My Wings: The Autobiography of an Innocent Man on Death Row
by Jarvis Jay Masters
Everyday Grace: Having Hope, Finding Forgiveness, and Making Miracles
by Marianne Williamson
On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss
by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross & David Kessler
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngoni Adichie
When Harry Met Minnie by Martha Teacher
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation by Anna Malaika Tubbs
From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home by Tembi Locke
My Remarkable Journey: A Memoir by Katherine Johnson
Pack Up The Moon by Kristan Higgins
Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig
Notes On Grief by Chimamanda Ngoni Adichie
Open House by Elizabeth Berg
The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary
The Wheel of Life: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross-Ross
Healing Lessons by Sidney J. Winnower, MD with Nick Taylor
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore
The Astonishing Power of Emotions (Abraham Hicks) by Esther and Jerry Hicks
The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
Ask and It Is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks
There Are No Accidents: Synchronicity and the Stories of Our Lives by Robert H. Hock
Another Door Opens: A Psychic Explains How Those in the World of Spirit Continue to Impact Our Lives by Jeffrey A. Wands
The Lightworker’s Way: AwakeningYour Spiritual Power to Know and Heal
by Doreen Virtue, PhD.
Little And Often by Trent Preszler
The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
Dancing at the Pity Party: A Dead Mom Graphic Memoir by Tyler Federal
It’s OK That You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand
by Megan Devine
Untethered by Julie Lawson Timer
Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age by Sanjay Gupta, MD
Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life
by Susan David
A Carnival of Snackery: Diaries 2003-2020 by David Seders
Five Days Left by Julie Lawson Timmer
It’s Better This Way by Debbie Macomber
Staying at Daisy’s by Jill Mansell
Furnishing Eternity: A Father, a Son, a Coffin, and a Measure of Life by David Giffels
Dalton and Grace: Whimsical Short Stories of Life in Charleston
by Bill and Ann Stevens
Barnstorming Ohio (To Understand America) by David Giffels
The Gate House by Nelson Demille
The Stranger in the Lifeboat by Mitch Albom
Smashed: Story of a Drunken Childhood by Koren Zailckas
37 Seconds: Dying Revealed Heaven’s Help by Stephanie Arnold with Sari Padorr
‘Tis by Frank McCourt
The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
Spiritual Graffiti: Finding My True Path by MC Yogi
Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray