52 Books in 2021

A Book a Week in 2021: A Reading List for 365 Days

Each month there’s one novel or memoir by a women, minority or someone with an alternative voice. There’s one book about the plague. There’s one self-help/ new age/ business book. Finally, there’s a non-fiction book, generally about science or history, or perhaps a memoir.

I’ve included books from my “alternative voices” list from a few years ago.

January
1. “A Time to Dance” by Padma Venkatraman
2. “A Journal of the Plague Year” by Daniel Defoe
3. “The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment” by Eckhart Tolle
4. “A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future” by David Attenborough

February
5. “One Part Woman” by Perumal Murugan
6. “Pale Horse, Pale Rider” by Katherine Anne Porter
7. “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” by Robin Sharma
8. “Once We Were Brothers” by Ronald Balson

March
9. “Between Shades of Gray” by Ruta Sepetys
10. “Ammonite” by Nicola Griffith
11. “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey
12. “The Elephant Whisperer” by Lawrence Anthony

April
13. “The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom” by Margarita Engle
14. “The Andromeda Strain” by Michael Crichton
15. “Let My People Go Surfing” by Yvon Chouinard
16. “Long Walk to Freedom” by Nelson Mandela

May
17. “A Million Shades of Gray” by Cynthia Kadohata
18. “The Plague” by Albert Camus
19. “The 4-hour Work Week” by Timothy Ferriss
20. “Five Families” by Selwyn Raab

June
21. “The Hunger Angel” by Herta Müller
22. “The Stand” by Stephen King
23. “How To Win Friends & Influence People” by Dale Carnegie
24. “Killing Pablo” by Mark Bowden

July
25. “Snow Falling in Spring: Coming of Age in China During the Cultural Revolution” by Moying Li
26. “Love in the Time of Cholera” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
27. “A Random Walk Down Wall Street: The Time-Tested Strategy for Successful Investing” by Burton G. Malkiel
28. “The Last Rhinos” by Lawrence Anthony

August
29. “Unbowed” by Wangari Maathai
30. “Journals of the Plague Years” by Norman Spinrad
31. “The 5 a.m. Club: Own Your Morning, Elevate Your Life” by Robin Sharma
32. “Papillon” by Henri Charriere

September
33. “Sold” by Patricia McCormick
34. “The Birchbark House” by Louise Erdrich
35. “Tuesdays With Morrie” by Mitch Albom
36. “The Fight” by Normal Mailer

October
37. “Red Azalea” by Anchee Min
38. “Feed” by Mira Grant
39. “48 Laws of Power” by Robert Greene
40. “Hell’s Angels” by Hunter S. Thompson

November
41. “Enrique’s Journey” by Sonia Nazario
42. “Severance” by Ling Ma
43. “Screw It, Let’s Do It” by Richard Branson
44. “Steal Like an Artist” by Austin Kleon

December
45. “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” by Lisa See
46. “The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance” by Laurie Garrett
47. “Chicken Soup for the Soul” by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen
48. “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand

~Anciliary~
49. “Purple Hibiscus” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
50. “The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus” by Richard Preston
51. “Who Moved My Cheese?” by Spencer Johnson
52. “The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements” by Sam Kean



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