Books in 2021

This year I use up to twenty six (26) categories in the Toronto Public Library 2021 Reading Challenge to read widely and discover new books, authors, and genres.

I update my lists of books by author’s last name and by category at the end of each month, from January to December 2021. When a book fits for multiple categories, I list it under what I think is its main category.

List of Books Read in 2021

  1. Ridgerunner – Gil Adamson. *
  2. Daylight – David Baldacci.
  3. Long Road to Mercy – David Baldacci.
  4. Minute to Midnight – David Baldacci.
  5. Redemption – David Baldacci.
  6. Walk The Wire – David Baldacci.
  7. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury. *
  8. Cathedral – Raymond Carver. *
  9. Older, But Better, But Older – Caroline De Maigret. *
  10. Along for the Ride – Sarah Dessen.
  11. Just Listen – Sarah Dessen.
  12. Keeping The Moon – Sarah Dessen.
  13. Once and For All – Sarah Dessen.
  14. Saint Everything – Sarah Dessen.
  15. Someone Like You – Sarah Dessen.
  16. That Summer – Sarah Dessen.
  17. The Moon & More – Sarah Dessen.
  18. The Rest of The Story – Sarah Dessen.
  19. This Lullaby – Sarah Dessen.
  20. What Happened To Goodbye – Sarah Dessen.
  21. Empire of Wild – Cherie Dimaline. *
  22. The Searcher – Tana French. *
  23. The Trespasser – Tana French.
  24. An Abundance of Katherines – John Green.
  25. Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green and David Levithan.
  26. The Great Alone – Kristin Hannah. *
  27. Force of Nature – Jane Harper.
  28. The Dry – Jane Harper.
  29. The Lost Man – Jane Harper. *
  30. The Survivors – Jane Harper.
  31. The Summer Book – Tove Jansson. *
  32. An Ocean of Minutes – Thea Lim. *
  33. Naïve. Super – Erlend Loe. Translated by Tor Ketil Solberg. *
  34. You Had Me At Hello – Mhairi McFarlane. *
  35. War Horse – Michael Morpurgo. *
  36. The Refugees – Viet Thanh Nguyen. *
  37. A Promised Land – Barack Obama. *
  38. The Suspect – Michael Robotham. *
  39. Camp – L.C. Rosen. *
  40. The Burning Girls – C.J. Tudor.
  41. The Chalk Man – C.J. Tudor. *
  42. The Hiding Place – C.J. Tudor.
  43. The Other People – C.J. Tudor.

Asterisk indicates new-to-me author.

List of Books by Category

CategoryBook Title and Author(s)
1. A book about loveAll of the above books.
2. A book about growing olderOlder, But Better, But Older – Caroline De Maigret
3. A book about someone unlike myselfThe Searcher – Tana French
A Promised Land – Barack Obama
4. A book by an Indigenous womanEmpire of Wild – Cherie Dimaline
5. A book by or about someone you’d like to meetA Promised Land – Barack Obama
6. A book by two or more peopleWill Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green and David Levithan
Naïve. Super – Erlend Loe and Tor Ketil Solberg
7. A book published this yearThe Survivors – Jane Harper
The Burning Girls – C.J. Tudor
8. A book set in the futureFahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
An Ocean of Minutes – Thea Lim
9. A book that is someone else’s favouriteThe Summer Book – Tove Jansson
10. A book that is the first in a seriesLong Road to Mercy – David Baldacci’s Atlee Pine series
11. A book where the main character is not humanWar Horse – Michael Morpurgo
12. A children’s book by an LGBTQ25+ authorCamp – L.C. Rosen
13. A debut bookThat Summer – Sarah Dessen
The Dry – Jane Harper
Naïve. Super – Erlend Loe
You Had Me At Hello – Mhairi McFarlane
The Suspect – Michael Robotham
The Chalk Man – C.J. Tudor
  • Total books read to date: 43.
  • Total categories met: 13.
  • Total new-to-me authors: 18.

Every year I choose at least one writer to read all of his/ her books. This year it’s Jane Harper, C.J. Tudor, and Sarah Dessen. I’m caught up with Harper and Tudor, 4 books each, by May 2021. Dessen has published 14 books. I look forward to catching up with her writing by the end of 2021.

Check back monthly to see my reading progress. Happy reading!

Related link: Books in 2020.