Favourite Reads of 2021

Wednesday 16 February 2022

The pandemic has challenged us all in countless ways and, undoubtedly, changed the way we read. For me, that change has been positive. Though I have fewer moments to read on public transit or listen to audiobooks on my way to work, working from home has allowed me to squeeze in a lot more time to read at home, and audiobooks have been excellent company for neighbourhood walks.

Above, you'll find my favourite books released in 2021, and, below, backlist titles that I think deserve some extra attention. As always (for me), both lists are mostly non-fiction, with a few poetry and fiction titles in the mix. 

In no particular order, here are the books I loved in 2021.

Released in 2021
  • Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney
  • Care Of by Ivan Coyote
  • Somebody's Daughter: A Memoir by Ashley C. Ford
  • The Most Precious Substance on Earth by Shashi Bhat
  • Shift Change: Scenes from a Post-Industrial Revolution by Stephen Dale
  • Don't Call It a Cult: The Shocking Story of Keith Raniere and the Women of NXIVM by Sarah Berman
  • Her Name was Margaret: Life and Death on the Streets by Denise Davy
  • Murder on the Inside: The Deadly Riot at Kingston Penitentiary by Catherine Fogarty
  • Danger Flower by Jaclyn Desforges
  • Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement by Tarana Burke

Titles Released Prior to 2021
  • How to Lose Everything: A Memoir by Christa Couture
  • Take Back the Tray: Revolutionizing Food in Hospitals, Schools, and Other Institutions by Joshna Maharaj
  • We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir by Samra Habib
  • it was never going to be okay by jaye simpson
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