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My 2021 reading list -- Finished 73 out of 50!


Writers are readers! One of my personal goals for 2021 was to read 50 books. I ended up reading 73, and I'm halfway through another, as the year comes to a close. (Perhaps this was one silver lining that came with so much social distancing.)

Here's the complete list of titles I read this year. This roster does not include books I wrote or edited, children's books I read (again and again), the Bible, devotionals, Bible studies, cookbooks, reference books, magazines, newspapers, etc. 

It's just my full-length, cover-to-cover reads for the past year. 


Inclusion in this list does not necessarily imply recommendation or endorsement. It only indicates completion of each read.

 Books are listed alphabetically (by title) and unsorted (by genre).

  1. A Church Called Tov, Scot McKnight & Laura Barringer
  2. A Matter of Life and Death, Philip Margolin
  3. A Rip in Heaven, Jeanine Cummins
  4. American Dirt, Jeanine Cummins
  5. Before She Disappeared, Lisa Gardner
  6. Behind Closed Doors, B.A. Paris
  7. Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese
  8. Dark Horses, Susan Mihalic
  9. Did I Say You Could Go, Melanie Gideon
  10. Don’t Give the Enemy a Seat at Your Table, Louie Giglio
  11. Hell of a Book: A Novel, Jason Mott
  12. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, J.D. Vance
  13. Home Front, Kristin Hannah
  14. How to Fight Racism, Jemar Tisby
  15. I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, Austin Channing Brown
  16. If I Run, Terri Blackstock
  17. If You Tell, Gregg Olsen
  18. In a Dark, Dark Wood, Ruth Ware
  19. Into the Water, Paula Hawkins
  20. Jesus and John Wayne, Kristin Kobes Du Mez
  21. Last Girl Standing, Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush
  22. Liar, Liar, Lisa Jackson
  23. Love Does, Bob Goff
  24. Miriam: A Treasures of the Nile Novel, Mesu Andrews
  25. My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
  26. Nineteen Minutes, Jodi Picoult
  27. One Last Breath, Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush
  28. Pieces of Her, Karin Slaughter
  29. Pretty Little Wife, Darby Kane
  30. Prey Tell, Tiffany Bluhm
  31. Reading While Black, Esau McCaulley
  32. Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, Aimee Byrd
  33. Redeeming Power: Understanding Authority and Abuse in the Church, Diane Langberg
  34. Secrets to the Grave, Tami Hoag
  35. Sisters Trilogy (The Sea Glass Sisters, The Tidewater Sisters, The Sandcastle Sister), Lisa Wingate
  36. Somebody’s Daughter: A Memoir, Ashley C. Ford
  37. Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi
  38. Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism, James W. Loewen
  39. The Black Book, James Patterson
  40. The Book of Lost Names, Kristin Harmel
  41. The Coming Race Wars: A Cry for Justice, from Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter, William Pannell
  42. The Family of Jesus, Karen Kingsbury
  43. The Family Upstairs, Lisa Jewell
  44. The Fortunate Ones, Ed Tarkington
  45. The Four Winds, Kristin Hannah
  46. The Guest List, Lucy Foley
  47. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
  48. The House of Deep Water, Jeni McFarland
  49. The Hunting Party, Lucy Foley
  50. The Invisible Girl, Lisa Jewell
  51. The Justice Game, Randy Singer
  52. The Last Bookshop in London, Madeline Martin
  53. The Orphan’s Tale, Pam Jenoff
  54. The Other Black Girl, Zakiya Dalila Harris
  55. The Preacher’s Wife: The Precarious Power of Evangelical Women Celebrities, Kate Bowler
  56. The Red Book, James Patterson
  57. The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides
  58. The Summer House, James Patterson
  59. The Talented Miss Farwell, Emily Gray Tedrowe
  60. The Testaments, Margaret Atwood
  61. The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett
  62. The Woman in the Window, A.J. Finn
  63. The Woman with the Blue Star, Pam Jenoff
  64. Tranquility Falls, Davis Bunn
  65. True Colors, Kristin Hannah
  66. Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe
  67. Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, Emmanuel Acho
  68. Watching You, Lisa Jewell
  69. We Were the Lucky Ones, Georgia Hunter
  70. When No One Is Watching, Alyssa Cole
  71. When the Stars Go Dark, Paula McLain
  72. When You See Me, Lisa Gardner
  73. You Betrayed Me, Lisa Jackson

Titles are hyperlinked to Amazon. (Disclaimer: I'm an Amazon Affiliate, so I may earn a very small commission from orders placed through links on my sites.)

Have you also read any of these books? What were your thoughts? What books did you read in 2021? Which were your favorites? 

And what titles do you recommend for 2022?

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