I like to keep track of books in Goodreads (books I want to read and books I’ve read). Last year was the first year I paid attention to these end-of-year posts which list your year in books on Goodreads. So I thought I’d share my year in books with you for 2021 (see photos below). These are most of the books, but some are missing, such as a few of the Louise Penny Inspector Gamache books.

My favorite books of 2021 were A Gentleman in Moscow and Everything Sad is Untrue. I’d say Everything Sad is Untrue would probably end up on a list of my most favorite book ever. The incredible story, the sense of humor, writing craft, and the genre-bending form captivated me.

2021 was a year of excellent, good reading, which include these favorites: Braiding Sweetgrass, The Girl With Seven Names, Steeped in Stories, World of Wonders, Pachinko, Brown Girl Dreaming, Prayer in the Night, to name a few. I’d say Braiding Sweetgrass was my favorite nonfiction read of the year. In the category of children/young adult, I also enjoyed Rickshaw Girl, You Bring the Distant Near, and Night Diary and would recommend these for the children and teens in your life, but honestly, all ages would enjoy them. I’m not someone who says children’s books are only for children. : )

What did you read in 2021 that you loved? How do you keep track of books you want to read? For 2022, I’m challenging myself to read 40 books.  Do you have a reading goal for 2022?

Here are screenshots of the books I read in 2021 (from Goodreads):