Year in Reading – 2021

I keep annual reading lists as a record for myself and I post them in invitation for fellow readers to talk about books both read and overlooked. Feel free to contact me.

I’ve put ** next to my absolute favorite reads of the year.

Selected 2021 Reading (by genre, then alphabetical by author/editor last name)


  • Glaciers by Alexis M. Smith
  • Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo **
  • A Separation by Katie Kitamura
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
  • Parakeet by Marie-Helene Bertino**
  • A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself by Peter Ho Davies
  • The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett**
  • Austerlitz by W.G. Sebald
  • Lakewood by Megan Giddings
  • The Committed by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier**
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Atmospherians by Alex McElroy**
  • Eat Only When You’re Hungry by Lindsay Hunter
  • The Pisces by Melissa Broder
  • Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
  • On Fragile Waves by E. Lily Yu**
  • The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai**
  • Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton
  • Red Clocks by Leni Zumas**
  • Inferno by Eileen Myles
  • Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney**
  • Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder**
  • Normal People by Sally Rooney


  • Craft in the Real World by Matthew Salesses**
  • Girlhood by Melissa Febos
  • Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains by Kerri Arsenault**
  • Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl by Jeannie Vanasco**
  • In the Land of Invented Languages: Adventures in Linguistic Creativity, Madness, and Genius by Arika Okrent**
  • Essays One Lydia Davis
  • White Magic by Elissa Washuta
  • The Most Fun Thing: Dispatches from a Skateboard Life by Kyle Beachy
  • We Were The Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
  • Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage by Dani Shapiro
  • Tastes Like War by Grace M. Cho
  • Real Estate by Deborah Levy
  • Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert Macfarlane
  • Red Nation Rising: From Bordertown Violence to Native Liberation by David Correia, Jennifer Nez Denetdale, Nick Estes, Melanie K. Yazzie
  • Sacred Instructions by Sherri Mitchell

Short Story Collections

  • The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans**
  • The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw**
  • Give My Love to the Savages: Stories by Chris Stuck**


  • A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver
  • Whereas by Layli Long Soldier**
  • The Slow Art by Sierra Golden**
  • How to Carry Water: Selected Poems by Lucille Clifton
  • The Renunciations: Poems by Donika Kelly
  • Licorice by Liz Bruno

Zines/Chapbooks/Graphic Novels

  • Seek You by Kristen Radtke
  • Love Life by Patty Gone
  • No Self-respecting Woman by Katherine Morgan