I set a goal of reading 50 books this year; unfortunately, I have fallen short. Never mind. I’m not an overly competitive person (even against myself), so don’t feel like a failure for having knocked off 34 books.
These are the best ones I read this year:
Anxious People: A Novel, by Fredrik Backman
A quirky mystery full of quirky characters and unexpected plot twists on nearly every page.
The Cellist of Sarajevo, by Steven Galloway
A haunting story of a cellist who plays on the streets of war-torn Sarajevo. Who is he? Why does he risk his life everyday to play when snipers in the hills are randomly killing people in the streets?
A nearly day-by-day account of the decisions that were made once bin Laden’s hideout was discovered.
Dust and Devotion: The Memoir of a Missionary Doctor in Pakistan, by Mary Wilder
I loved this book by Dr. Mary Wilder, known to me growing up (and still today) as simply Auntie Mary. It’s the story of her work as a surgeon in a women’s hospital in a small city in Pakistan. Thanks for writing this, Auntie Mary!
Who doesn’t love a story about elephants? Bill Williams starts out in Burma working with logging elephants. When WW2 breaks out, he forms his own elephant company that will help the British defeat Japan in Burma.
Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World, by Simon Winchester
Only Winchester would attempt to tell the story of land. What is it exactly? Who owns it? How does it influence society. This was a great book to listen to while driving across The Great Plains!
This is the story of Churchill leading the British people through the Blitz. It’s amazing.
The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State, by Elizabeth Economy
An overview of the political and economic changes that have taken place in China under the rule of Xi Jinping.
West With the Night, by Beryl Markham
Markham was one of the earliest female pilots, spending most of her career flying people and goods around East Africa. She was also the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to West in 1936, crash-landing on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. This is her autobiography, and boy can this bush pilot write!
There were others, but these are the books I would heartily recommend.
I’m going to scale back my reading goal for 2022; setting it at 4o.
What was a favorite book YOU read in 2021?
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