Books Read in 2021

  1. Sleepless Nights; Elizabeth Hardwick (4.5/5) Settings: KY, NY, Maine, CT and Europe
  2. Those People; Louise Candlish (3.5/5) Setting: South London, U.K.
  3. Fifty Words for Rain; Asha Lemmie (4/5) Setting: Japan
  4. Monogamy; Sue Miller (5/5) Setting: MA and VT
  5. My Grandmother's Braid ; Alina Bronsky(4.5/5) Setting: Germany
  6. Brood; Jackie Polzin (3/5) Setting: Minnesota
  7. The Push; Ashley Audrain (4.5/5) Setting: unspecified
  8. Over the Shop; JonArno Lawson (4/5)
  9. So You Want to Be an Owl; Jane Porter - (5/5)
  10. Miss Mingo and the 100th Day of School; Jamie Harper (5/5)
  11. The Children's Blizzard; Melanie Benjamin - (3.5/5) Setting: NB, ND
  12. Every Vow You Break; Peter Swanson - 2.5/5 Setting: mostly Maine
  13. Transcendent Kingdom; Yaa Gyassi (5/5) Setting: AL
  14. The Midnight Library; Matt Haig - (3/5) Setting: England (Jan)
  15. We Run the Tides; Vendela Vida (4/5) Setting: San Francisco, CA
  16. Good Morning Zoom, Lindsay Rechler - 3/5
  17. Will the Cat Eat My Eyeballs? Caitlin Doughty (NF) (4/5)
  18. Migrations; Charlotte McConaghy - (5/5) Setting: Ireland, Australia, Greenland
  19. Champ and Major: First Dogs, Joy McCullough - (5/5)
  20. The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett; Annie Lyons (4/5) Setting: UK
  21. The Murder at the Vicarage; Agatha Christie - (3/5) Setting: England
  22. Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence; Becky Cooper - (NF) 4/5
  23. Ella's Night Lights, Lucy Fleming - 4.5/5
  24. No Buddy Like a Book; Alan Wolf - 5/5
  25. See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog; David LaRochelle - 4.5/5
  26. Nature of Fragile Things; Susan Meissner - 4.5/5 Setting: CA
  27. A Girl Returned; Donatella DiPetrantonio - 5/5 Setting: Italy
  28. Before She Disappeared, Lisa Gardner - 4/5 Setting Mattapan, MA
  29. The Stationery Shop, Marjan Kamali - 4.5/5  Setting: Tehran and Massachusetts
  30. A Month in the Country; J.L.Carr - 5/5 Setting: Oxgodby England
  31. We Begin at the End, Chris Whitaker - 4.5/5 Setting: CA and MT (March)
  32. Band of Sisters, Lauren Willig - 4/5 Setting: France/WWI
  33. The Wife Upstairs; Rachel Hawkins - 4/5 Setting: Alabama
  34. Quiet in Her Bones; Nalini Singh - 3.5/5 Setting: New Zealand
  35. I Am a Bird, Hope Lim - 5/5
  36. The Best Place in the World, Petr Horacek - 5/5
  37. Mother May I; Joshilyn Jackson - 3.5/5 
  38. The Four Winds; Kristin Hannah - 5/5 Setting: TX and CA
  39. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek; Kim Michele Richardson - 5/5 Setting: KY
  40. A Cat's Tale: A Journey Through Feline History; Dr. Paul Koudounaris - NF - 3/5
  41. The Darkest Evening; Ann Cleeves - 4.5/5 Setting: UK, Nortumberland
  42. The Boy in the Field; Margot Livesey - 4/5 Setting: UK, Oxford
  43. Convenience Store Woman; Sayaka Murata - 5/5 Setting: Japan
  44. Between Two Kingdoms; Suleika Jaouad - NF/Memoir - 4/5
  45. Jasmine Green Rescue Series;  A Goat Called Willow; Helen Peters - 5/5
  46. A Kitten Called Holly; Helen Peters - 5/5
  47. A Duckling Called Button; Helen Peters - 5/5
  48. A Lamb Called Lucky; Helen Peters - 5/5
  49. A Piglet Called Truffle; Helen Peters - 5/5
  50. Do No Harm; Christina McDonald - 2/5 Setting: WA
  51. Miss Benson's Beetle; Rachel Joyce - 4/5 Setting: England, South Pacific, New Caledonia
  52. Stranger on a Train; Patricia Highsmith - 4/5 Setting: NY, CT. DC (April)
  53. Later, Stephen King - 4/5 Setting: NY
  54. Infinite Country; Patricia  Engel - 4/5 Setting: Columbia and US
  55. The Night Always Comes; Willy Vlautin - 5/5 Setting: Oregon
  56. The Island of Sea Women; Lisa See - 4/5 Setting: South Korea Island of Jeju
  57. Vera; Carol Edgarian - 2.5/5 Setting: San Francisco 
  58. A Sunday in Ville-d'Avray; Dominique Barberis - 4/5 Setting: France
  59. Everything That Rises Must Converge:Stories; Flannery O'Connor - 4.5/5 Setting: New South
  60. Zonia's Rain Forest; Julia  Martinez-Neal - 5/5 Setting Peru
  61. Zee Grows a Tree; Elizabeth Rusch - 5/5
  62. And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer; Fredrik Backman - 3/5 Setting: UK
  63. The Sanatorium; Sarah Pearse - 2/5 Setting: Swiss Alps
  64. A World of Plants; Martin Jenkins and James Brown - 5/5
  65. Earthlings; Sayaka Murata - 4.5/5 Setting: Japan
  66. The Last Thing He Told Me; Laura Dave - 4/5 Setting: CA, TX
  67. What Unites Us: Reflections of Patriotism; Dan Rather and Elliot Kirshner - (NF) 4/5
  68. Nives; Sacha Naspini - 3.5/5 Setting: Tuscany
  69. The Absolutist; John Boyne - 5/5 Setting: WWI (France) and England 
  70. The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida; Clarissa Goenawan - 4.5/5 Setting: Japan (May)
  71. The Story of Joe Biden: A Biography for New Readers; Frank Berrios - NF - 5/5
  72. The Story of Climate Change: A First Book About How We Can Help Save the Planet; Barr & Williams - NF - 5/5
  73. If Cats Disappeared From the Earth; Genki Kawamura - 4/5 Setting: Japan
  74. The Cold Vanish: Seeking the Missing in North America's Wildlands; Jon Billman - NF - 4/5
  75. Hour of the Witch; Chris Bohjalian - 3.5/5 Setting: MA
  76. The Perfect Daughter; D.J Palmer - 4/5 Setting: MA
  77. What Happened to You: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience & Healing: Oprah Winfrey & Dr. Bruce D. Perry - 4/5
  78. The Nightingale; Kristin Hannah - 4.5/5  Setting: France
  79. The Plot; Jean Hanff Korelitz - 4/5  Setting: NY, VT
  80. Cold Caller; Jason Starr - 4.5/5 Setting: NY
  81. Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; Jeff Gottesfeld - 5/5
  82. One Two Three; Laurie Frankel - 4/5  Setting: MA
  83. The Day Tiger Rose Said Goodbye; Jane Yolen - 4.5/5
  84. Family Reunion; Nancy Thayer - 5/5 - Setting: Nantucket, MA
  85. Under the Wave at Waimea; Paul Theroux - 3/5 Setting: Hawaii
  86. What Comes After; JoAnne Tompkins - 4/5 Setting: WA 
  87. Heaven, Mieko Kawakami - 4/5 Setting: Japan (June)
  88. Six Weeks to Live; Catherine McKenzie - 4/5 Setting: Canada?
  89. The Photographer; Mary Dixie Carter - 3.5/5 Setting: New York
  90. Three Martini Afternoons at the Ritz: The Rebellion of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton;  Gail Crowther - NF - 4/5 
  91. Count the Ways; Joyce Maynard - 5/5 Setting: NH and MA
  92. Annie Lumsden: Girl From the Sea; David Almond - 5/5
  93. Sweet Pea Summer; Hazel Mitchell - 4.5/5
  94. Atticus Caticus; Kara Kramer - 4/5
  95. The Maidens; Alex Michaelides - 4/5 Setting: Cambridge, England
  96. Blush; Jamie Brenner - 3/5 Setting: Long Island, NY
  97. A Midsummer Night's Dream; retold by Georghia Ellinas - 5/5 stars
  98. Before We Were Yours; Lisa Wingate - 4/5 Setting: TN and SC
  99. Chair Yoga: Accessible Sequences to Build Strength, Flexibility, and Inner Calm; Christina D'Arrigo - (NF) 5/5 stars
  100. Palace of the Drowned; Christine Mangan - 3.5/5 stars Setting: London and Venice
  101. Mary Jane; Jessica Anya Blau - 5/5 Setting: Maryland
  102. Dream Girl; Laura Lippman - 4/5 Setting: Maryland 
  103. The Temple House Vanishing; Rachel Donohue - 4/5 - Setting: Ireland (July)
  104. Northern Spy; Flynn Berry - 4/5  Setting: Ireland
  105. When the Stars Go Dark; Paula McLain - 3.5/5 Setting: CA
  106. The Therapist; B.A. Paris - 3.5/5 Setting: London suburb
  107. Swimming Back to Trout River; Linda Rui-Feng - 4.5/5 Setting: China and US
  108. Malibu Rising; Taylor Jenkins Reid - 4/5 Setting: CA
  109. Such a Quiet Place; Megan Miranda - 3.5/5 Setting: VA
  110. Hairpin Bridge; Taylor Adams - 4/5 stars Setting: Montana
  111. That Summer; Jennifer Weiner - 3/5 stars Setting: Cape Cod, MA and PA
  112. The Guncle; Steven Rowley - 4.5/5 - Setting CA and CT
  113. The Newcomer; Mary Kay Andrews - 4/5 - Setting: FL and NY
  114. The Babysitter: My Summers with a Serial Killer (NF); Liz Rodman - 3.5/5 stars
  115. Kill Your Darlings; David Bell - 4/5 Setting: KY
  116. Dead By Dawn; Paul Doiron - 4/5 Setting: Maine
  117. Mrs March; Virginia Feito - 5/5 Setting: NYC (briefly-Maine)
  118. We Are the Brennans; Tracey Lange - 4.5/5 Setting: NY (briefly CA) (August)
  119. The Stranger Behind You; Carol Goodman - 2.5/5 Setting: NY
  120. Shoulder Season; Christina Clancy - 3/5 Setting: WI and CA
  121. Everyone in this Room Will Someday Be Dead; Emily Austin - 3.5/5
  122. The Paper Palace; Miranda Cowley Heller -  4.5/5 Setting: Cape Cod, MA
  123. Unsettled Ground; Claire Fuller - 4.5/5 Setting: UK
  124. Not a Happy Family; Shari Lapena - 4.5/5 Setting: New York
  125. All the Lonely People; Mike Gayle - 4/5 Setting: England
  126. Rain Before Rainbows; Smriti Prasadam-Hall - 5/5
  127. North and South: The Tale of Two Hemispheres;  Sandra Morris - 5/5 
  128. Picturing a Nation: The Great Depression's Finest Photographers Introduce America to Itself; Martin Sandler - 5/5
  129. Dreams Die First; Harold Robbins - 1.5/5 - Setting: CA and LasVegas, NV
  130. Committed: Dispatches from a Psychiatrist in Training; Adam Stern - NF -  4/5
  131. The People We Keep; Allison Larkin - 3.5/5 Setting: Upstate New York
  132. Morningside Heights - 4.5/5 Setting: New York City
  133. Songbirds; Christy Lefteri - 4.5/5 Setting: Cyprus
  134. Notes on Grief; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (NF) - 4.5/5
  135. Viral; Robin Cook; 2/5 Setting: New York City (mostly)
  136. The Inflammation Spectrum: Finding Your Food Triggers & Resetting Your System; Dr. Will Cole - (NF) - 4/5 
  137. Council of Animals; Nick McDonell - 3.5/5
  138. His Only Wife; Peace Adzo Medie - 4/5 Setting: Gjana
  139. Sooley; John Grisham - 4.5/5 Setting: Sudan and NC
  140. The Long Call; Ann Cleeves - 4/5 Setting: No Devon, UK (September)
  141. Billy Summers; Stephen King - 4.5/5 Setting: Varies
  142. The Guide; Peter Heller - 2/5 Setting: CO
  143. Should We Stay of Should We Go; Lionel Shriver - 2.5/5 Setting: UK
  144. The Stowaway; James Murray & Darren Wearmouth - 4/5 Setting: NY and transatlantic cruise
  145. The Heron's Cry; Ann Cleeves - 4.5/5  Setting: North Devon 
  146. Made in China: A memoir of love and labor; Anna Qu - 4/5
  147. Stolen Hours; Allen Eskens - 5/5 Setting: Minnesota
  148. Where I Left Her; Amber Garza - 4/5 Setting; ? (CA)
  149. A Single Rose; Muriel Barberry - 3.5/5 Setting: Japan
  150. The Fortnight in September; R.C. Sherriff - 4.5/5 Setting: West Sussex
  151. The Last House on Needless Street; Catriona Ward - 4.5/5 Setting: Washington
  152. Bewilderment; Richard Powers - 4.5/5
  153. Ethel Rosenberg: An American Tragedy (NF); Anna Sebba - 4/5
  154. Charlotte's Web; E.B. White (2019 audio) - 5/5 stars
  155. Oh, William!; Elizabeth Strout - 4.5/5 stars Setting: NYC and Maine
  156. See the Dog: Three Stories About A Cat; LaRochelle - 4.5/5
  157. The Summer We Found Baby; Amy Hest - 4.5/5
  158. Ivy Lost and Found; Cynthia Lord - 4.5/5
  159. Ducks Overboard; Markus Motuh - 5/5
  160. An Elderly Lady Must Not Be Crossed; Helene Tursten - 4.5/5 (October)
  161. Peril;  Bob Woodward and Robert Costa - (NF) - 5/5
  162. On Animals; Susan Orlean - (NF) - 4/5
  163. The Ugly Cry; Danielle Henderson (NF) - 4.5/5
  164. Rise of ZomBert; Kara LaRue - 4/5
  165. Return of ZomBert; Kara LaRue - 4/5
  166. Poultrygeist; Eric Genron - 4/5
  167. Twitchy Witchy Itch; Priscilla Tey - 5/5
  168. Lymph & Longevity: The Untapped Secrets to Health; Gerald M. Lemole M.D. -NF -  4.5/5
  169. Pessimists; Bethany Ball - 2.5/5 Setting: CT
  170. Nothing But Blackened Teeth; Kassandra Khaw - 2.5/5
  171. Harlem Shuffle; Colson Whitehead - 4/5 Setting: NY
  172. The Book of Mother; Violaine Huisman - 4/5 Setting: France
  173. David Copperfield's History of Magic; David Copperfield, Richard Wiseman, David Britland - 5/5
  174. Once There Were Wolves; Charlotte McConaghy - 4/5 Setting: Scottish Highlands
  175. Life Among the Savages (NF/Bio); Shirley Jackson - 4.5/5
  176. Red Crosses; Sasha Filipenko - 4/5 Setting: Russia
  177. Getaway; Zoje Stage - 3.5/5  Setting: Colorado


      DNF (Because Life is Too Short to Read a Bad Book)

  1. Night Boat to Tangier; Kevin Barry - January
  2. Pretty Things; Janelle Brown - January 
  3. The Housekeeper; Natalie Barelli - February
  4. Hanger Management: Manage Your Hunger and Improve Your Mood, Mind & Relationships; Susan Albers - February
  5. The Lightness; Emily Temple - March
  6. Dark Horses; Susan Mihalic - March
  7. The Good Neighbors; Sarah Langan - April
  8. Golden Girl; Elin Hilderbrand - June
  9. The Sea Glass Sisters; Lisa Wingate - July
  10. The Scenic Route; Binnie Kirshenbaum - July

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