My Reading List for 2021 & A New Year!

Hello friends! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year. I am excited to welcome a fresh start in 2021 and to be back here with all of you. Thank you for your continued support during my summer sabbatical and beyond. I have a fun year ahead planned for this space!

Today I wanted to kick off the new year with a post about books. During the holidays, I found myself reading quite a bit more than usual. In 2020, I managed to finish 63 books. A record for me! I’m not sure if that has to do with more time at home because of the pandemic or having older kids which gave me more downtime, but it was such a nice new habit. One that I hope to continue into 2021.

This year I was hoping to make my reading list more official and share it here in advance. Hopefully, if any of these picks strike your interest, I would love for you to join me in reading them together. It won’t be a book club in the traditional sense but I look forward to sharing my thoughts on Instagram each month and circling back to any favorites in future blog posts.

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How I pick out yearly and monthly books

I also wanted to share a little bit about my process for picking out my yearly and monthly books. Over the holiday break, I spent some time setting my goal to read 61 books in 2021 and picking out the books.  They are a mixture of different genres: enjoyment (mostly thrillers), parenting, religious/spiritual, business, self-improvement and a few of my favorite re-reads from years past (marked with a *). Most of these selections have been recommended by friends or come highly rated. By doing this research ahead of time, I feel like there is less of a chance of stumbling into a waste-of-time read. I did this same process last year and it worked well enough that I wanted to try it again. I’ll keep you posted along the way this time.

Book of the Month

If any of you are reallllly paying attention, you may also notice that there are only 49 books on this reading list. I have left spaces for 12 books which will come from my Book of the Month picks. This was a fun addition in 2020 – and such a treat! Thanks to my friend, Bizzy, for her recommendation. I love it because it allows me to pick from some of the new “hot” reads at a discounted rate which would also be month-long wait times at the library. Most of my other books still come from Scribd or the library so it’s nice to add to my own personal collection once a month. Highly recommend. You can check it out here if it sounds like something up your alley.

So with all that said, without further ado, here are my picks for 2021…

My 2021 reading list

Enjoyment

A Promised Land
American Dirt
Anxious People
Little Secrets
Pachinko
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
The Midnight Library

 

Business

Free to Focus
Off The Clock
The Compound Effect
Traction
Seed to Seed
Mini Farming
All New Square Foot Gardening
Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer

 

Parenting

Boys Adrift
Glow Kids
Hands-Free Mama*
Hold On to Your Kids
Honey for a Child’s Heart
Rhythms of Renewal
The Enneagram of Parenting

 

Religious

Anonymous
Emotionally Healthy Spiritually
Forgiving What You Can’t Forget
The Four Agreements

 

Self-Improvement

7 Habits of Highly Effective People*
Best Year Ever*
Boundaries
Breathing Under Water
Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle
Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking
High-Performance Habits*
Kid Food
Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day
Stamped from the Beginning
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You
The Artist Way
The Joy of Missing Out*
The Last Lecture
The Lazy Genius Way
The Next Right Thing
The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry
The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober
To Have and to Hold
When Sorry Isn’t Enough: Making Things Right with Those You Love
The Enneagram in Work and Love
The Wisdom of the Enneagram

 

These 61 books break out to about five books per month. As a result, I try to select books from a few different categories to get a nice rotation (and also leaving a spot for my BOTM pick).

Here is my January list:

  1. The Happiness Advantage – self-improvement
  2. Breathing Under Water – religious
  3. The Joy of Missing Out – a re-read from last year to kick off 2021
  4. Your Best Year Ever – another re-read from last year to kick off 2021
  5. Off the Clock – business (listening to this one on Audible)
  6. The Survivors – my BOTM pick

As always, you can find more of my book reviews and picks over on Goodreads here.  I plan to share all of my monthly favorites on Instagram and in my monthly newsletter. Happy reading, friends!

I would love to hear: Do you select your books ahead of time? Any fav books that I am missing on my reading list? What were your favorite books last year? Let me know below!

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