My top 10 picks from the over 150 books I read last year. PLUS the book I'm proudest of having read.
You may find old books here but if they're on this list, then they were new to me! In no particular order.
Note: I've been doing this since 2008 — check the label cloud in the sidebar for "Best of" to see other lists.
2021 BEST BOOKS
All Things Made New
A Gentleman in Moscow
All Systems Red
by Martha Wells
The first thing you need to know about Murderbot is that it doesn't like humans. Even though its job is to protect them.
The second thing you need to know is that Murderbot would really rather be watching TV. Specifically the most unrealistic soap-opera science fiction available.
These books are the most fun I've had reading for a long time. The story plots are somewhat beside the point, just as in a big, splashy action thriller where what you want is action and thrills. And yet, the plots do matter because that's where we find out that Murderbot actually does care about more than watching TV.
And, you know, we kind of wind up loving Murderbot, so we care too.
One Corpse Too Many
Genesis: The Book of Beginnings
I know just enough broad plot points from Don Quixote to see where Greene uses them in his own updated way for this charming book. The rambling trip and conversation are amusing, thought provoking, and inspiring.
Psalms & Canticles
Reclaiming Vatican II
Short review: simply excellent. Inspirational as well as informative. All Catholics should read this book.