2021 reading list

Well it was another strange year, but like the past few years, reading has been a tonic, a friend, a portal to the outside world. Here are my top ten picks of books both old and new from poetry to memoir to fiction.

  • A River Called Time by Courttia Newland.
  • Lote by Shola von Reinhold.
  • Detransition Baby by Torrey Peters.
  • Bitterhall by Helen McClory.
  • Tell Me How It Ends by Valeria Luiselli.
  • Small Bodies of Water by Nina Mingya Powles.
  • Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan.
  • Magnolia by Nina Mingya Powles.
  • Homie by Danez Smith.
  • sikfan glaschu by Sean Wai Keung.

Here is everything I read in 2021:

  1. Byobu – Ida Vitale
  2. Night Sky with Exit Wounds – Ocean Vuong
  3. Olga Dies Dreaming – Xochitl Gonzalez
  4. Faces In The Crowd – Valeria Luiselli
  5. Experiments in Imagining Otherwise – Lola Olufemi
  6. The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney – Okechukwu Nzelu
  7. Rotten Days in Late Summer – Ralf Webb
  8. The Story of My Teeth – Valeria Luiselli
  9. A Recipe for Sorcery – Vanessa Kisuule
  10. Notes on Loneliness – Daniel Cockrill
  11. Flip The Script – Arusa Qureshi
  12. Blind Spot – Maud Rowell
  13. Swimming in the Dark – Tomasz Jędrowski
  14. Tell Me How It Ends – Valeria Luiselli
  15. How We Are Translated – Jessica Gaitán Johannesson
  16. C+nto – Joelle Taylor
  17. Kindred – Octavia Butler
  18. The Rabbit Magician Plate – Judith Kazantzis
  19. The Gospel According to Cane – Courttia Newland
  20. Autumn – Ali Smith
  21. The New University – James Coe
  22. A Thousand Mornings – Mary Oliver
  23. Signs Preceding the End of the World – Yuri Herrera
  24. The End – Katie Goh
  25. Deep Wheel Orcadia – Harry Josephine Giles
  26. Magnolia – Nina Mingya Powles
  27. Queer Poets of Color – Christopher Soto
  28. The Selfless Act of Breathing – JJ Bola
  29. Keeping The House – Tice Cin
  30. A Blood Condition – Kayo Chingonyi
  31. Quesadillas – Juan Pablo Villalobos
  32. Morgan & Me – Hamish Whyte
  33. Detransition, Baby – Torrey Peters
  34. Ballad of a Happy Immigrant – Leo Boix
  35. A Boy’s Own Story – Edmund White
  36. The Tradition – Jericho Brown
  37. Paul – Daisy Lafarge
  38. The One Who Wrote Destiny – Nikesh Shukla
  39. The Appendix – Liam Konemann
  40. Burnt sugar – Avni Doshi
  41. Love That Journey For Me – Emily Garside
  42. A River Called Time – Courttia Newland
  43. Rendang – Will Harris
  44. Under the Blue – Oana Aristide
  45. The Topeka School – Ben Lerner
  46. The Prosperities of Perpetual Light – Julian Aguon
  47. Small Bodies of Water – Nina Mingya Powles
  48. Sincerity – Carol Ann Duffy
  49. To Bury Our Fathers – Sergio Ramírez
  50. The Carrying – Ada Limón
  51. Granta 155: Best of Young Spanish-Language Novelists
  52. A Body Made of You – Melissa Lee-Houghton
  53. The Country Girls – Edna O’Brien
  54. pandemonium – Andrew McMillan
  55. Everyone In This Room Will Someday Be Dead – Emily Austin
  56. We Have Always Been Here – Samra Habib
  57. A Choosing – Liz Lochhead
  58. HWFG – Chris McQueer
  59. The Actual – Inua Ellams
  60. The Vanishing Half – Brit Bennett
  61. sikfan glaschu – Sean Wai Keung
  62. 100 Boyfriends – Brontez Purnell
  63. Exciting Times – Naoise Dolan 
  64. House of Names – Colm Tóibín 
  65. Checkpoint – Joe Donnelly
  66. Tongues of Fire – Seán Hewitt
  67. Call Me By Your Name – André Aciman
  68. Mexica Mix – Marina Sánchez
  69. Bitterhall – Helen McClory
  70. Homie – Danez Smith
  71. Dryland – Sara Jaffe
  72. Teeth in the Back of My Neck – Monika Radojevic
  73. Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens
  74. Occupation -Julián Fuks
  75. Felicity – Mary Oliver
  76. Scabby Queen – Kirstin Innes
  77. My Darling from the Lions – Rachel Long
  78. Postcolonial Love Poem – Natalie Diaz
  79. Lairies – Steve Hollyman
  80. Havana Year Zero – Karla Suárez
  81. The Opposite of Fate – Amy Tan
  82. Empty Houses – Brenda Navarro
  83. Open Water – Caleb Azumah Nelson
  84. The Speculative Book 2021 – Various Writers
  85. Luckenbooth – Jenni Fagan
  86. Before the Coffee Gets Cold: Tales from the Cafe –  Toshikazu Kawaguchi
  87. Real Life- Brandon Taylor
  88. Fourteen Poems – Issues 1, 2, 3
  89. This Is Not About Me – Janice Galloway
  90. On the Edges of Vision – Helen McClory
  91. Lote – Shola von Reinhold

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