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Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl hosts Top Ten Tuesday. The official prompt this week is “Most Anticipated Books Releasing In the First Half of 2022.” I’ve been MIA for a month or so though so I’m going to share my top ten books of 2021.
I read 180 books last year, beating my previous record by 51 books! I’m usually really stingy with my 4.5 & 5-star ratings but I actually have enough this year to fill out my list. I’m also surprised to find that I’ve chosen five nonfiction books. You’d never know that as recently as 2010, I didn’t read nonfiction at all, would you? Links go to my review if I’ve written one or to the Malaprop’s website.
How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America, written and read by Clint Smith–I had a feeling this would be my number one pick of the year, even while I was still listening to it, and I was right.
Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston, read by Imani Parks
A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, read by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments by Aimee Nezhukumatathil, illustrated by Fumi Nakamura
Year of Wonder: Classical Music for Every Day by Clemency Burton-Hill–Routines are hard for me to establish for a few different reasons, so I didn’t actually read all of this. I did thoroughly enjoy the essays and songs I did read and listen to though, so I’m starting over again this year.
I’m not really a picture book reviewer so I’m giving myself a couple of extra entries:
Beautiful by Stacy McAnulty, illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff
Fatima’s Great Outdoors by Ambreen Tariq, illustrated by Stevie Lewis
That’s my list! Have you read any of these? What did you think? Link up every Tuesday at That Artsy Reader Girl!