2021 Reading in Review

My goal for 2021 was to read 40 books, and I am happy that I ended up with 43 and some partials. I really enjoy holding a book in my hands, but I have been borrowing a lot of library books through the Libby app and reading them on my Kindle app on my phone. It’s a good option for me so I can fit in some reading while waiting in the car line, doctor’s office, or while I’m supposed to be falling asleep in my dark bedroom.

It is hard for me to pick favorites, but here are some they really stood out to me this year.

1. Life Is in the Transitions, Bruce Feiler. A friend quoted this book on social media, and I was so intrigued by the quote that I added it to me list. This book turned out to be very impactful for me this year. It talks about seeing your life as a whole, and what you can learn about yourself (and others) through the process of considering life and the transitions between stages of life. It makes me want to interview everyone and compile life stories. I absolutely love this book.

2. The Hiding Place, Corrie ten Boom. This is the first time I read this book, and it was very powerful. I honestly did not realize how slowly the Nazis changed things when they took over. I assumed it was more obvious, but it started small and just continued to increase in hostility against the Jews. It was hard to read at times, yet their faith and boldness was so inspiring. I highly recommend this book if you have not yet read it.

3. Women of the Word, Jen Wilkin. This is an excellent treatment on how to study the Bible.

4. The Great Alone, Kristin Hannah. This was a bit out of the range of my typical contemporary fiction reads, but I really enjoyed this book. It was interesting and hard to put down.

5. We Were the Lucky Ones, Georgia Hunter. This book follows the members of a Polish family during World War II. It was a little hard to follow the changing perspectives at first, but it was a very good book. I have been drawn to the WWII fiction this year and last year.

My goal for 2022 is 50 books. Here are a few on my list to read:

  • The Book of Lost Names, Kristin Harmel
  • Gentle and Lowly, Dane C. Ortlund
  • Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy, Mark Vroegop
  • Firefly Lane, Kristin Hannah
  • The Explosive Child, Ross Greene

I would love to know what is on your list to read for 2022!