2021 books

Twelve months ago, I set a goal to read at least 12 books in 2021. I even signed up for #ReadICT, our library’s yearly reading challenge. Part of the challenge is to read books from different genres – the goal being to expand your reading focus.

I know 12 does not sound like a lot, but it takes me a long time to read. Pretty stoked that I read 20 books!

Here were the categories – and the book I read in each category:

  • Book with a one word title: Unbroken
  • An “own voices” book: The Vanishing Half
  • A book about animals or pets: Charolette’s Web
  • A book about travel: The Alice Network
  • An illustrated book: What to do with an idea
  • An untold story/history: Hillbilly Elegy
  • Author under 30: Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
  • A book about local history: Born to Fly
  • A challenged book: Animal Farm
  • A book with an ugly cover: The Radium Girls (I wrote about this one)
  • A book recommended by someone you admire: Midnight Library
  • Kansas Notable: Harvey Houses of Kansas

One book I had been wanting to read for a while was The Only Plane in the Sky, about the 9/11 attacks. I thought after 20 years, I’d be able to get through it.

Nope. I don’t know anyone who died in those attacks and I wasn’t living in New York or Washington D.C. at the time. Yet, it still makes me extremely sad and angry and I can’t imagine what the people in the Twin Towers or people on the doomed planes went through. I got about a third of the way through and couldn’t listen anymore.

I’ve already signed up for the 2022 challenge, and my goal is to read 24 books (I know, baby steps! 😆 )

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