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Happy New Year! Another plague-ridden year for the world meant another ideal one for page-turning pursuits.

My Goodreads account tells me I finished 21 books in 2021, the majority novels and several published during the calendar year. Joining the “best of” lists making the rounds, please find below my favorite books read over the past 12 months.

I hope you enjoy, welcome your comments and suggestions for books to read in 2022, and if you’re looking for a page-turner of your own, it’s A Simple Game what to check out!

My Top 10 Books Read in 2021

  1. Beloved – Toni Morrison (1987)
  2. Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coats (2015)
  3. A Friend of the Earth – T. C. Boyle (2000)
  4. Vernon God Little – DBC Pierre (2003)
  5. Klara and the Sun – Kazuo Ishiguro (2021)
  6. True Story: A Novel – Kate Reed Petty (2021)
  7. An Untouched House – Willem Frederik Hermans (1952)
  8. Looking for Alaska – John Green (2005)
  9. Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike – Phil Knight (2016)
  10. The Plot – Jean Hanff Korelitz (2021)

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  • Diane Hostetler on 01/01/2022

    I love your list and have read many of those. I’d recommend Jonathan Franzen’s Crossroads snd a strange one – The Lost Shtetl.

    • Anonymous on 01/04/2022

      Hi Diane — thanks for the comment and recommendations! I enjoyed Franzen’s The Corrections so am probably due to tackle another of his tomes. I’ll take a look at The Lost Shtetl, too, as that’s a new one to me. All the best, happy reading, and have an excellent 2022!

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