What I Read in 2021

Books in bold are superior favorites.

— January —

1. Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell us About Ourselves, Frans de Waal 
2. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll (CCSB)
3. Permanent Record, Edward Snowden
4. The Old Man and the Boy, Robert Ruark (CCSB)
5. The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,  Ernest Gaines (CCSB)
6. A Walk Around the Block: Stoplight Secrets, Mischievous Squirrels, Manhole Covers, & Other Stuff You See Every Day (and Know Nothing About),  Spike Carlsen
7Beyond Tenebrae: Christian Humanism in the Twilight of the West, Brad Birzer
8. Star Wars: Kenobi, John Jackson Miller9. A Time for Mercy, John Grisham
10.  Where I Come From: Stories from the Deep South, Rick Bragg
11.The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop Cafe,   Fannie Flagg
12. Alabama: The Making of an American State, Edwin C. Bridges
13. Some Assembly Required, Neil Shubin
14. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, Fannie Flagg
15. Battle for the Southern Frontier:  The Creek War and the War of 1812,  Mike Bunn & Clay Williams

— February —
16. Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans, Brian Kilmeade
17. The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think, Jennifer Ackerman
18. Why We are Here: Mobile and the Spirit of an American City, E.O. Wilson & Alex Harris
19. The Network: The Battle for the Airwaves and the Birth of the Communications Age, Scott Woolley
20. Forgotten Continent: A New History of the New Latin America, Michael Reid
21. The Lost Classics,  Robert Ruark. ed. Jim Casada
22. The Cultural Revolution: A People’s History,  1962-1976Frank Dikotter
23. Cold Sassy Tree, Olivia Ann Burns (CCSB)
24. The Last Stargazers, Emily Levesque
25. The Hardest Job in the World: the US Presidency,  John Dickerson

– March —
26. Jesus the Son of Man, Kahlil Gibran
27. Camino Winds, John Grisham
28. Ironies of Faith: The Laughter at the Heart of Christian Literature, Anthony Esolen
29. Disasters by Choice: How Our Actions Turn Natural Hazards into Catastrophes, Ilan Kelman
30.  Travels with Foxfire:  Stories of People, Passions, and Practices of Southern Appalachia, Foxfire fund
31. Rogue Code, Mark Russonovich
32. The Big Book of Autocorrect Fails, Tim Dedopoulous
33. WTF Evolution? A Theory of Unintelligble Design, Mara Grunbaum
34. Just in Case: How to be Self-Sufficient when the Unexpected Happens,  Kathy Harrison
35. Women of Genesis: Rebekah, Orson Scott Card
36. The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make us Human, Johnathan Gottschall
37. Conspiracies Declassified: The Skeptoid Guide to the Truth behind the Theories, Brian Dunning
38. Davita’s Harp, Chaim Potok
39. The Fox from his Lair, Max Hennessy
40. How to Live: What the Rule of St. Benedict Teaches Us About Happiness, Meaning, and Community,  Judith Valente
41. The Rebel Killer, Paul Fraser Collard

–April–
42. A Visitor’s Guide to Jane Austen’s England,  Sue Wilkes
43. Master of War: The Blooding, David Gilman
44.  We Have Been Harmonized: Life in China’s Surveillance State, Kai Strittmatter
45.  His Majesty’s Dragon, Naomi Novik
46. Captains Courageous, Rudyard Kipling
47. Victorian London: The Tale of a City, Liza Picard
48. Sword and Serpent, Taylor Marshall
49.  Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
50. Traveller,  Richard Adams
51. The Tech-Wise Family,  Andy Crouch
52. The Church Impotent: The Feminization of Christianity, Leon Podles
53. Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail, Ben Montgomery

–May–

54. Countereconomics, Samuel E. Konkin III
55. Alongside Night, J. Neil Schulman
56. No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority, Lysander Spooner
57. Forward collection, various
58. Project Hail Mary, Andy Weir
59. Clean: The New Science of Skin, James Hamblin
60. Drug Use for Grown-Ups, Carl Hart
61. She Come By It natural, Sarah Smarsh
62. Enemies: A History of the FBI, Tim Weiner
63. ST: The Captain’s Oath, Christopher L. Bennett
64. Broke, USA: How the Working Poor Became Big Business, Gary Rivlin
65. Gambling with Other People’s Money, Russ Roberts
66. Make Russia Great Again, Christopher Buckley
67. A Gathering of Old Men, Ernest Gaines
68. Spying on Whales, Nick Pyenson

–June–
69. Legacy of Ashes: A History of the CIA, Tim Weiner
70. Never a Dull Moment: A Libertarian Looks at the Sixties, Murray Rothboard
71. #agora, Anonymous
72. Vonu: A Strategy for Self-Liberation, Shane Radliffe
73. Steal this Book, Abbie Hoffman
74. The Return of the Primitive, Ayn Rand and
75. The Man in the High Castle, Phillip Dick
76. Possum Living: Living Well without a Job, Dolly Freed
77. The Eagle’s Claw: A Novel of Midway, Jeff Shaara
78. Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
79. Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile, Joseph Pearce
80. Nomadland: Surviving America in the 21st Century, Jessica Bruder
81. Men on Strike: Why Men are Boycotting Marriage, Helen Smith

–July–
82. The Return of George Washington: Reuniting the States, Edward Larson
83. Lafayette in the Somewhat United States, Sarah Vowell
84. Stars on the Sea, F. Van Wynck Mason
85. The First Conspiracy: The Plot to Kill Washington, Brad Meltzer
86. The Virtue of Selfishness, Ayn Rand
87. Stoicism for Inner Peace, Einzelgaenger
88. Spaceman, Mike Massimino
89. Los Angeles is Hideous: Poems about an Ugly City, Andrew Heaton
90. Leonard: My 50 Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man, William Shatner
91. The First Men in the Moon, H.G. Wells
92. Endurance: My Year in Space, Scott Kelley
93. Into the Black: The Extraordinary Untold Story of the First Flight of the Space Shuttle, Rowland White
94. Through the Glass Ceiling: The Story of the First American Woman to Command a Space Mission, Eileen Collins

–August–
95. The Social Instinct, Nicholai Raihani
96. The Red Planet: A Natural History, Simon Morden
97. Collapse Depth, Todd Tucker
98. Ghost Sub, Todd Tucker
99. The Choice, Claire Wade
100. The Disappeared, Amy Lord
101. Broadcast, Liam Brown
102. Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make it More Difficult for Blacks to Succeed, Jason Riley
103. The Call to Antarctica, Leiliana Raashida Henry
104. The Unplugged Alpha, Richard Cooper
105. There is no Cloud, Kat Wheeler
106. Back to Earth: What Space Taught Me About Our Home Planet, Nicola Stott
105. Attack Surface, Cory Doctorow
106. What’s Eating the Universe? And Other Cosmic Questions, Paul Davies
107. Chemistry for Breakfast, Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim
108.Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid: The Biology of Climate Change, Thor Hanson
109.Soviets in Space: The People of the USSR and the Space Race, Colin Thurbett
110.The Lost Outlaw, Paul Fraser Collard
111.Like a River Flows, Hanna Grace Kraker
112.No More Mr. Nice Guy, Richard Glover
113.Seeking Christendom: An Augustinian Defense of Western Civilization, Brad Birzer


September–
114.Traitors of Rome, Simon Scarrow
115.The Moon is Down, John Steinbeck
116.The Pearl, John Steinbeck
117.The Red Pony, John Steinbeck
118.How Emotions are Made, Lisa Feldman Barrett
119.The Unbroken Thread: The Wisdom of Tradition in an Age of Chaos, Sohrab Ahmari
120.The Warehouse, Rob Hart
121.Naked Statues, Fat Gladiators, and War Elephants, Garrett Ryan
123.Anthropology: A Degree in a Book, Julia Morris
124.A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
125.Blackout: How Black America Can Make Its Second Escape from the Democratic Plantation, Candace Owens
125.Eagles at War, Ben Kane
126.Revolutionary Ride: On the Road in Search of the Real Iran, Lois Pyrce
127.From Fire, by Water, Sohrab Ahmari
128.Anti-Politics, ed. Sal Mayweather
129.Touching History, Lynn Spencer
130. Midnight in Chernobyl, Adam Higginbotham

October —
131.ST: The Dark Veil, James Swallow
132. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, Chris Hadfield
133.Good Reasons for Bad Feelings: Insights from the Frontier of Evolutionary Psychology, Randolph Nesse
134.Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law, Mary Roach
135.D-Day Girls: The Spies that Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win WW2, Sarah Rose
136.Natchez Burning, Greg Iles
137.Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen
138.ST: The Enterprise War, John Jackson Miller
139.Zulu Five Oscar, Todd Tucker
140.Covert Duress, Todd Tucker
141.Erasing Death: The Science that is Erasing the Boundaries between Life and Death, Sam Parnia
142.The Death of Ivan Illyich, Leo Tolstoy
143.The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebees, Farm Fields, and the Dinner Table, Tracie McMillian
145.The Five Capitals of Alabama, Tom Bailey
146.For all the Tea in China, Sarah Rose
147.The War that made the Roman Empire, Barry Strauss

– November —
148.When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Movement
, Ryan Anderson
149.The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
150.The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka
151.Travels with George, Nathaniel Philbrick
152. The Vampire Economy: Doing Business under Fascism, Günther Reinmann
153. The Reading Life: The Joy of Seeing New Worlds through Others’ Eyes, C.S. Lewis
154. Philosophy – Who Needs It? Ayn Rand
155. Enough Already: Time to End the War on Terror, Scott Horton
156. Jacked: The Outlaw Story of GTA, David Kushner
157. A Furious Sky: The Five Hundred Year History of American Hurricanes, Eric Jay Dolin
158. Watership Down, Douglas Adams
159. The Razor’s Edge, W. Somerset Maugham
160. The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C.S. Lewis, Alan Jacobs
161. The Problem of Pain, C.S Lewis
162. Lewis Agonistes, Louis Markos

December–
163. Once Upon a Wardrobe, Patti Callahan
164. The Naked Man: A Study of the Male Body, Desmond Morris
165. The Naked Woman: A Study of the Female Body, Desmond Morris
166. How to Live in a Car, Van, or RV, Bob Wells
167. Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order, Bruno Macaes
168. Sharpe’s Assassin, Bernard Cornwell
169. The Speckled Beauty: A Dog and his People, Rick Bragg
170. Police Craft: What Cops Know About Crime, Communities, and Violence, Adam Plantinga
171. Mortuary Confidential: Undertakers Spill the Dirt, Todd Harra
172. Patrolling the Heart of the West, Steve Raab
173. Trucking in English, Carolyn Steele
174. All Over but the Shoutin, Rick Bragg
175. Ava’s Man, Rick Bragg
176. The Prince of Frogtown, Rick Bragg
177. No Domain: The John McAfee Tapes, Mark Eglinton

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3 Responses to What I Read in 2021

  1. Cyberkitten says:

    Gulp! …and I thought I was doing well with 102 plus 2 DNF’s!

  2. Marian says:

    177 😮 awesome!! As always, great variety. And I’ve been reminded I still need to read We Have Been Harmonized. How was Belt and Road, btw?

    Have a happy new year! Hoping for brighter days ahead (and good reading).

    • Belt and Road was very…functional. Not a polemic, fortunately, but still alarming in its dry recitation of the facts. I appreciated the author’s prudence, but the picture painted is…worrisome, to say the least. I’ve got AI Superpowers coming up at some point in 22.

      Happy new year to you as well! I hope ’22 proves to be a year of redemption and grace rather than more doom and gloom!

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