My best reads of 2021
By the end of 2021, I will have read 102 books, a paltry total compared to many of you. Of that number, I rated one-third of them, 34, as five-star reads. It was a very good year for reading.
Trying to whittle that number down to a manageable group that I can list as my year's best was not easy. I had to establish some guidelines. I decided that I would only include in my list books that were published this year or last. That eliminated six so only helped a little. I decided to choose one book from each month. That made the comparisons a tiny bit easier. Then I bit the bullet and made my choices.
So here it is - my best of the best for this year with links to my reviews should you care to read them. I feel compelled to add that I also had a great many books that I rated at four stars (I didn't actually count them.) and they only missed the cut by a little. As I said, it was a very good year for us readers. We had a lot of quality to choose from.
January - Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar
February - The Survivors by Jane Harper
March - The Committed by Viet Thanh Nguyen
April - Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
May - We Play Ourselves by Jen Silverman
June - Miss Benson's Beetle by Rachel Joyce
July - When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain
August - The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw
September - Intimacies by Katie Kitamura
October - Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty
November - The Sentence by Louise Erdrich
December - Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr