THINGS I’VE READ 2021 Edition

The latter part of this year — musically — was dominated by Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift, and Adele — which prompted this response from my wife: sometimes I think I married a teenage girl.
I have to say, though, that Sour album is *chef’s kiss* and the 10 min version of All Too Well? *Double Chef’s Kiss*

As for the books I’ve read… I don’t know what happened but I didn’t even get close to my 24. I have a little time left, but I’m not hopeful.
I know a colleague that has a goal of 52 books per year and I believe that she is an overachiever. Nerd.(kidding. just envious, that’s all).

  • Calypso* – David Sedaris
  • The Song of Achilles* – Madeline Miller
  • The Whole Language – Greg Boyle
  • Dare to Lead – Brene Brown
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  • A Promised Land* – Barack Obama
  • A Future That’s Bigger Than the Past – Samuel Wells
  • Life in Christ – Julia Gatta
  • Crying in H Mart – Michelle Zauner
  • Project Hail Mary – Andy Weir
  • The Wisdom Jesus – Cynthia Bourgeault
  • The Art of the Start 2.0 – Guy Kawasaki
  • Faithful Innovation – Nick Warnes
  • Sermon on the Mount – Amy-Jill Levine
  • Anxious People – Fredrik Bachman
  • Starting Missional Churches – Mark Lau Branson
  • Midnight Library – Matt Haig
  • Tattoos on the Heart – Greg Boyle (a re-read)
    * denotes audible/audiobooks

Hands down, the best book I read this year was Project Hail Mary. I’m certain it’ll be made into a movie and I’m certain I shall be let down by said movie.
Also, I realized I read a handful of Fredrik Bachman’s books and… I really, really like him.
Best ’church’ book I read this year was The Whole Language.

How about the Currently Reading/Not Finished list

  • Wholehearted Faith – Rachel Held Evans
  • God Bless you Mr. Rosewater – Kurt Vonnegut
  • Normal People – Sally Rooney
  • Beautiful World Where Are You – Sally Rooney
  • The House in the Cerulean Sea – TJ Klune
  • The Anthropocene Reviewed – John Green
  • Dear Edward – Ann Napolitano
  • A Beautiful Foolish Endeavor – Hank Green
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World – Jack Weatherford
  • Peaceable Kingdom – Stanley Haweraus
  • Mythos by Stephen Fry (btw… I wouldn’t mind Stephen Fry narrating my life if it’s ever worth narrating…)

Those are books I’ve started and some halfway through.
I feel like I really should get looked at for ADD or something…
My hope is to knock half those books off that list.
I dare not mention the books sitting on the to-read shelf.

What’s the best thing you read this year?

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