Book Bingo season is here – we’re releasing the new Book Bingo 2022, and now here’s the list of books I read for Book Bingo 2021.
It was a great reading year.
(I know: I say that every year. But when you bail on the books that don’t make you happy, every year is a great reading year.)
Here’s a recap of my reading for Book Bingo 2021:
1000 Books Before Die – Persuasion by Jane Austen
Anti-racist – Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
Quest – Crazy Brave by Joy Harjo
Unconventional – You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories about Racism by Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar
Breezy – Fast Women by Jennifer Crusie
Black Author – The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans
Narrative Nonfiction – What Happened to Paula: On the Death of an American Girl by Katherine Dykstra
DIY – Laundry Love: Finding Joy in a Common Chore by Patric Richardson
Restoration – The Guncle by Steven Rowley
Immigrant – The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
Eye Catching – The Princess Spy: The True Story of World War II Spy Aline Griffith, Countess of Romanones by Larry Loftis
Instant Classic – A Promised Land by Barack Obama
Blurb – Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight by Julia Sweig
Russia – The Spy’s Son: The True Story of the Highest-Ranking CIA Officer Ever Convicted of Espionage and the Son He Trained to Spy for Russia by Bryan Denson
Triumph – The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday
Noir – Chase Darkness with Me: How One True Crime Writer Started Solving Murders by Billy Jensen
Defiance – The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton
Edwardian – A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
Rabbit Hole – True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray by James Renner
Sugar – Molly on the Range: Recipes and Stories from an Unlikely Life on a Farm by Molly Yeh
Survival – Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar
The Explorer – The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal about Identity, Race, Wealth and Power by Deirdre Mask
Quarantine – The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris
Knotty – Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat
Final Book: The Whole Package – I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara
I selected I’ll Be Gone in the Dark as my capstone book because this truly was my Year of Reading True Crime — including a re-read of Michelle McNamara’s masterpiece.
Did your reading have a theme or some go-to topics this past year? If so, was it something familiar or something new?