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2021 End of Year Reading List
Dated: January 5 2022
Happy New Year! We made it to 2022...give yourself a hand; you deserve it.
At the end of 2020, one of the things I resolved to do was track what I read throughout the year. I'm a pretty avid reader (this has been true most of my life) but I'd never really made an effort to track what I read over a 12 month period. So I figured this was as good a time as any. Below is my list of books read over the last year. Note: I did not track articles, magazines, newspapers, etc. That would have made this list so long it would have become impossible. So this is just books...but I'm still, honestly, pretty impressed with myself!
Dave's 2021 Reading List
The Sign of the Four -- Arthur Conan Doyle
The Hound of the Baskervilles -- Arthur Conan Doyle
Various short Sherlock Holmes stories -- Arthur Conan Doyle
Wolf Hall -- Hilary Mantell
Humankind -- Rutger Bregman
How to Be a Liberal -- Ian Dunt
Agent Running in the Field -- John Le Carre
La Belle Sauvage (read aloud with my son Max) -- Phillip Pullman
A Series of Unfortunate Events Books 1-11 (read aloud with my son Ginn) -- Lemony Snicket
Home -- John Allen
Bringing Up the Bodies -- Hilary Mantell
The Long Goodbye -- Raymond Chandler
The Maltese Falcon -- Dashiell Hammatt
The Big Sleep -- Raymond Chandler
The Guns of Navarone -- Alistair MacLean
The Thin Man -- Dashiell Hammatt
The Pillars of the Earth -- Ken Follett
Science Fictions -- Stuart Ritchie
Good Omens -- Terry Pratchet and Neil Gaiman
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (read aloud to my son Max) -- Douglas Adams
The Night Manager -- John Le Carre
A Christmas Carol (read annually) -- Charles Dickens
Whew! 30+ books! As you can see, I am prone to old standards (especially for bedtime reading) but I like to mix in non-fiction and fiction. My fiction reading does tend towards the tried and true, as I often read fiction as a sort of "comfort food", often rereading books because I just like to spend time with characters (see: Good Omens).
Favorite book; probably How to Be a Liberal by Ian Dunt. Rather than what might be assumed--a political diatribe--it is a look at the history of liberal philosophy (think Rousseau and John Stuart Mill/Harriet Taylor), the continuing impact of that school of thought, and it's positives and negatives. Terms like "liberal" and "conservative" get tossed around fairly willy-nilly, and it was great (and eye-opening) to dig into the philosophy a bit, divorced from any fraught political implications. I'll likely reread it this year, just because there was so much there it was hard to take it all in.
Least favorite? The Guns of Navarone. I'd read it before and I love the movie. But it really is a fairly predictable and tedious pulp paperback war story. But it did kill a week while I waiting for something else to arrive!
What did you read last year? What were your favorites or disappointments? Let me know!
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