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. The Outlander – Gil Adamson.
  3. Daylight – David Baldacci.
  4. Long Road to Mercy – David Baldacci.
  5. Minute to Midnight – David Baldacci.
  6. Redemption – David Baldacci.
  7. Walk The Wire – David Baldacci.
  8. The Noise of Time – Julian Barnes.
  9. The Only Story – Julian Barnes.
  10. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury. *
  11. Cathedral – Raymond Carver. *
  12. Love At First – Kate Clayborn. *
  13. Older, But Better, But Older – Caroline De Maigret. *
  14. Along for the Ride – Sarah Dessen.
  15. Dreamland – Sarah Dessen.
  16. Just Listen – Sarah Dessen.
  17. Keeping The Moon – Sarah Dessen.
  18. Lock & Key – Sarah Dessen.
  19. Once and For All – Sarah Dessen.
  20. Saint Everything – Sarah Dessen.
  21. Someone Like You – Sarah Dessen.
  22. That Summer – Sarah Dessen.
  23. The Moon & More – Sarah Dessen.
  24. The Rest of The Story – Sarah Dessen.
  25. This Lullaby – Sarah Dessen.
  26. What Happened To Goodbye – Sarah Dessen.
  27. Empire of Wild – Cherie Dimaline. *
  28. The Searcher – Tana French. *
  29. The Trespasser – Tana French.
  30. An Abundance of Katherines – John Green.
  31. The Anthropocene Reviewed – John Green.
  32. Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green and David Levithan.
  33. The Great Alone – Kristin Hannah. *
  34. Force of Nature – Jane Harper.
  35. The Dry – Jane Harper.
  36. The Lost Man – Jane Harper. *
  37. The Survivors – Jane Harper.
  38. People We Meet On Vacation – Emily Henry.
  39. The Good Sister – Sally Hepworth. *
  40. The Summer Book – Tove Jansson. *
  41. Life’s Too Short – Abby Jimenez. *
  42. An Ocean of Minutes – Thea Lim. *
  43. Naïve. Super – Erlend Loe. Translated by Tor Ketil Solberg. *
  44. You Had Me At Hello – Mhairi McFarlane. *
  45. War Horse – Michael Morpurgo. *
  46. The Giver of Stars – Jojo Moyes.
  47. The Refugees – Viet Thanh Nguyen. *
  48. A Promised Land – Barack Obama. *
  49. The Suspect – Michael Robotham. *
  50. Camp – L.C. Rosen. *
  51. Lily and the Octopus – Steven Rowley.
  52. The Editor – Steven Rowley. *
  53. Peace by Chocolate – Jon Tattrie. *
  54. The One We Fell In Love With – Paige Toon. *
  55. The Burning Girls – C.J. Tudor.
  56. The Chalk Man – C.J. Tudor. *
  57. The Hiding Place – C.J. Tudor.
  58. The Other People – C.J. Tudor.
  59. From My Mother’s Back – Njoki Nathani Wane. *

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 about fameThe Editor – Steven Rowley
5. A book by an Indigenous womanEmpire of Wild – Cherie Dimaline
6. A book by or about someone you’d like to meetA Promised Land – Barack Obama
7. A book by two or more peopleWill Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green and David Levithan
Naïve. Super – Erlend Loe and Tor Ketil Solberg
8. A book in a genre you’ve never read beforeA Noise of Time – Julian Barnes
9. A book published this yearThe Anthropocene Reviewed – John Green
The Survivors – Jane Harper
People We Meet On Vacation – Emily Henry
The Good Sister – Sally Hepworth
Life’s Too Short – Abby Jimenez
The Burning Girls – C.J. Tudor
10. A book set in the futureFahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
An Ocean of Minutes – Thea Lim
11. A book that is someone else’s favouriteThe Summer Book – Tove Jansson
12. A book that is the first in a seriesLong Road to Mercy – David Baldacci’s Atlee Pine series
13. A book that made me feel hopefulPeace by Chocolate – Jon Tattrie
14. A book where the main character is not humanWar Horse – Michael Morpurgo
15. A children’s book by an LGBTQ25+ authorCamp – L.C. Rosen
16. A debut bookThe Outlander – Gil Adamson
That Summer – Sarah Dessen
The Dry – Jane Harper
Naïve. Super – Erlend Loe
You Had Me At Hello – Mhairi McFarlane
The Suspect – Michael Robotham
Lily and the Octopus – Steven Rowley
The Chalk Man – C.J. Tudor
  • Total books read to date: 59.
  • Total categories met: 16.
  • Total new-to-me authors: 25.

Every year I choose at least one writer to read all of his/ her books. This year it’s John Green, Jane Harper (4 books), Emily Henry (2 books), C.J. Tudor (4 books), and Sarah Dessen (14 books to date). I’m caught up with Dessen, Green, Harper, Henry, and Tudor by September 15, 2021.

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

Related link: Books in 2020.