Hey everybody, what’s up! I know it’s been a while since we’ve talked and believe me when I say, I miss you. I have been doing a whole lot of living this year. Maybe one day soon I’ll be healed enough to talk about some my misadventures of 2021. Until then, I wanted to hit you all with my reading list for 2021.

At the beginning of the year I set a reading goal for the year. My goal was to read 50 books. In my current life, with adulting being a full-time job by itself, that was a pretty steep goal. However, I felt like I was up for the challenge. This goal gave me the opportunity to get more utilization out of my public library cards and to begin reading for pleasure again. As a librarian, I am an advocate for creating access to literature for all people. As a Black woman, I take extreme pride in my ability to have access to literary spaces because there was a time when it was illegal for Black people to know and learn how to read and the Library was segregated.

As a lifelong reader, I love books. I have never lived in a space where books were not present. The Library is my safe space. Being surrounded by words brings me immense joy. As a result, anytime I relocate, one of the first things I do is find where my nearest library branch is located and I sign up for a library card. I think my current count is 15. Yes, this is real for me. In my current lifestyle, audiobooks have been lifesavers and the ability to have access to them for free has saved me a lot of money this year. I won’t belabor the point because I think it’s now clear where I stand in regards to the importance of local libraries to a community. So, I’ll end this by saying that I didn’t achieve my goal of 50 books this year, but I’m still happy about my results. Without further ado, below you will find the list of books that I read in their entirety this year. Some of which are repeat offenders (in bold), that is new for me. Once upon a time, I would never read a book twice. All of these were wonderful reads! Support an author and local library today. Happy Holidays!

2021 Reading List

  1. The City We Became– N.K. Jemisin
  2. Year of Yes– Shonda Rhimes
  3. Transcendent Kingdom– Yaa Gyasi
  4. Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man– Steve Harvey
  5. Daring Greatly– Brene Brown
  6. Clap When You Land– Elizabeth Acevedo
  7. Calling Me Home– Julie Kibler
  8. The Black Kids– Christina Hammonds Reed
  9. The Vanishing Half– Brit Bennett
  10. More Than Enough– Elaine Welteroth
  11. A Promised Land-Barack Obama
  12. This Will Be My Undoing– Morgan Jerkins
  13. The Mothers– Brit Bennett
  14. Professional Troublemaker– Luvvie Ajayi Jones
  15. This Is Me– Chrissy Metz
  16. Swing– Kwame Alexander
  17. Sad, Black, & Fat: Musings From the Intersection– Tangela Williams-Spann
  18. 29 Lessons: A Diary of a Black Girl– Nikigotagun
  19. Little Fires Everywhere– Celeste Ng
  20. Checking In– Michelle Williams
  21. The Other Black Girl– Zakiya Daila Harris
  22. The Secret Life of Church Ladies– Deesha Philyaw
  23. Feeding the Soul– Tabitha Brown
  24. Relational Intelligence– Dr. Dharius Daniels
  25. The Guest List- Lucy Foley
  26. Small Doses– Amanda Seales
  27. Olive, Again-Elizabeth Strout
  28. Nickel Boys– Colson Whitehead
  29. It’s Not All Downhill From Here-Terry McMillan
  30. The Hunting Party– Lucy Foley
  31. The Last Thing He Told Me– Laura Dave

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