Book Club Mom’s Books of 2021

I’m a little late in sharing this, but if you’d like to see what I read in 2021, here they are!

The Searcher by Tana French – 4 stars

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn – 5 stars

A Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders – 3 stars

Cary Grant – A Brilliant Disguise by Scott Eyman – 5 stars

The Perfect Wife by Blake Pierce – 3 stars

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing – 4 stars

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane – 4 stars

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – 4 stars

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – 4.5 stars

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold – 4 stars

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger – 5 stars

Rabbit, Run by John Updike – 5 stars

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards – 3 stars

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison – 5 stars

The Night Swim by Megan Goldin – 3 stars

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt – 4.5 stars

The Last Flight by Julie Clark – 3.5 stars

The Home Place by J. Drew Lanham – 4.5 stars

The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth – 4 stars

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner – 3 stars

Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland – 3.5 stars

The Bone Hunger by Carrie Rubin – 4.5 stars

My Brief History by Stephen Hawking – 4 stars

The Early Stories of Truman Capote – 5 stars

The Lost Man by Jane Harper – 4 stars

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough – 4.5 stars

“The Casual Car Pool” by Katherine Bell – 4 stars

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney – 3 stars

The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz – 3.5 stars

The Stranger in the Mirror by Liv Constantine – 3 stars

We Must Be Brave by Frances Liardet – 3.5 stars

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel – 4 stars

The Lying Room by Nicci French – 3.5 stars

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones – 3 stars

The Address by Fiona Davis – 4 stars

Furious Hours by Casey Cep – 5 stars

The Pocket Wife by Susan Crawford – 3.5 stars

There There by Tommy Orange – 5 stars

Elizabeth and Monty by Charles Casillo – 3.5 stars

Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell – 5 stars

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie – 4 stars

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders – 5 stars

Defending Jacob by William Landay – 3.5 stars

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway – 5 stars

Capote’s Women by Laurence Leamer – 3 stars

Date with Death by Julia Chapman – 3.5 stars

The Copenhagen Trilogy by Tove Ditlevsen – 4.5 stars

If you’d like to see what I’ve read in other years, you can follow these links which are also in tabs at the top of the page:

Books of 2013

Books of 2014

Books of 2015

Books of 2016

Books of 2017

Books of 2018

Books of 2019

Books of 2020

I didn’t read as many books this year, but some of them were long ones! I feel like I’d gotten away from reading longer books, so reading these reminded me of the nice feeling of really sinking into a story like The Thorn Birds.

Stay tuned for an updated list of my all-time top reads. I went from Top 10 to Top 15 a few years ago. I’m probably going to have to up it to 20 because I read some great books in 2021. Do you have lists of all-time favorite books? What’s your number one favorite? If you don’t know by now, my all-time favorite book is Youngblood Hawke by Herman Wouk. That’s a long one too!

Leave a comment and tell me your favorites 🙂

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34 thoughts on “Book Club Mom’s Books of 2021

  1. We share many “books read” in your 2021 list–not surprising.

    I riffled through my notes and reviews and found these favorites: Where Do You Hang Your Hat about writing process by Bella Mahaya Carter; All the Ways we said Goodbye, a spy story bout the intertwined fates of three women, written by 3 co-authors; Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life by Jesuit James Martin.

    My favorite was Breath Taking by pulmonologist Dr. Michael J. Stephen — who doesn’t want to know more about an organ frequently affected by the Corona virus?

      1. To be fair I got it way too quickly, and I didn’t think it was good enough writing to keep me enthralled nice I figured out the “twist”

    1. Thank you, Jill. Yes, I can see myself reading The Thorn Birds again! Hope you had a nice weekend, did I see you got snow? I’m a little behind, as usual, on the blogging news!

    1. Haha – yes, I re-read The Memory Keeper because I was doing a program at work on books set in Pennsylvania. That was such a hot book when it came out, but I thought it was pretty average.

      1. Yes, I agree. Great cover. My second read of the book felt dated. It’s hard to write a timeless book. I wonder if authors even strive for that? Did the great authors like Hemingway and Steinbeck think like that or were they too just writing in their moments?

      2. Good question. Probably just writing in their moments, I guess. I doubt authors think about longevity when they’re writing. Most are just hoping to get published!

      3. Yes, you’re probably right. Maybe it’s a lucky strike when a book becomes a classic. It will be interesting to see which newer books earn that status, given the times we’re in.

    1. I’m going to guess which ones: The Hound of the Baskervilles, And Then There Were None, Rabbit, Run, and For Whom the Bell Tolls. Did I get any right? 🙂

  2. You read some great books!! Five Little Indians was one of my favourites from last year. Reading The Brothers Karamazov was my biggest reading accomplishment last year.

  3. You had a great reading year. I’ve read a few of these. Some of them are blasts from the past like The Thornbirds. I love The Hound of the Baskervilles and the Lovely Bones and I also read a Jane Harper last year – the Survivors, which was good. Hope 2022 is as good to you.
    Lynn 😀

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