Read 2021

My reading list for 2021.

All books link back to the original review.

Key to Abbreviations.

  • O = Own copy – I bought / swapped / was given / inherited it
  • RC = Print review copy / freebie from publisher / Amazon Vine etc
  • L = borrowed from the Library
  • NG = Review copy via Netgalley
  • NF = Non Fiction
  • Tr = Translated
  • DNF= Did not finish
  • 20B = 20 Books of Summer 21
  • And finally, an asterisk * = from the TBR (acquired by any of the above routes before 1.1.21)

Finished in 2020, reviewed in 2021
– The Midnight Library by Matt Haig – O* (9/10) Review
– The Age of Static: How TV explains modern Britain by Phil Harrison – RC* (9.5/10) Review
– The Secret Life of Books by Tom Mole – O* (9.5/10) Review
– Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession – O* (10/10) Review
– The Snow Song by Sally Gardner – O* (9/10) Review
– Just Like You by Nick Hornby – RC (7/10) Review
– Strange Flowers by Donal Ryan – O (9/10) Review
– Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan – RC (9/10) Review
– Mr Cadmus by Peter Ackroyd – RC (8/10) Shiny review

JANUARY
1. Winterkill by Ragnar Jónasson – RC* (8.5/10) Review
2. Enough. by Dr Cassandra Coburn – RC* (9/10) Review
3. Dishonoured by Jem Tugwell – RC* (6.5/10) Review
4. Monday Begins on Saturday by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky – O* (9.5/10) Review
5. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera – O (6.5/10) Review
6. The Death of Francis Bacon by Max Porter – O (8/10) Shiny review
7. The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide – O* (6/10) Review
8. Quiz Night by Joseph Darlington – O Review
9. Astral Travel by Elizabeth Baines – RC* (8.5/10) Shiny review
10. The Reader’s Room by Antoine Laurain – O* (9/10) Review
11. Botanical Curses and Poisons: The Shadow-Lives of Plants by Fez Inkwright – RC Review
12. The Rock & Roll A Level by David Hepworth – O – (8.5/10) Review
13. The House with No Doors by Jeff Noon – RC (9/10) Shiny review
14. Game for Five by Marco Malvaldi – O* (9/10) Review
Dipper: Folk Magic and Healing: An Unusual History of Everyday Plants by Fez Inkwright – RC

FEBRUARY
15. Agency by William Gibson – RC (8.5/10) Review
16. A Cat, A Man, and Two Women by Junichiro Tanizaki – O (9/10) Review
17. A Long Way From Douala by Max Lobe – RC (9/10) Shiny review
18. Metropole by Ferenc Karinthy – O* (7/10) Review
19. Diary of a Film by Niven Govinden – RC (10/10) Shiny review
20. The Strays of Paris by Jane Smiley – RC (7/10) Review
21. Made for Love by Alissa Nutting – RC (6/10) Review
22. I Was Jack Mortimer by Alexander Lernet-Holenia – O* (7.5/10) Review
23. The Disciple by Michael Mallon – RC (8/10) Shiny review
24. Lanny by Max Porter – O* (10/10) Review
25. Light Perpetual by Francis Spufford – RC (8.5/10) Review
26. Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Hererra – O* (10/10) Review
27. The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers – RC (9/10) Shiny review
28. Mr Darwin’s Gardener by Kristina Carlson – RC* (8/10) Review

MARCH
29. Hotel Cartagena by Simone Buchholz – RC (9/10) Shiny review
30. Hermit by S R White – RC* (9/10) Review
31. Double Blind by Edward St Aubyn – RC (6.5/10) Review
32. Mother by Jess Phillips – O (9/10) Review
33. Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller – RC (9/10) Review
34. M For Murder by Keri Beevis – O (6/10) Review
35. A Rage in Harlem by Chester Himes – RC (10/10) Shiny Review
36. Because of You by Dawn French – O* (8/10) Review
37. The Guts by Roddy Doyle – O* (8.5/10) Review
38. Slaughter by Rosanna Hildyard – RC Review
DNF: The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brian – O* (65 pages) Comments

APRIL
39. The Real Cool Killers by Chester Himes – RC (9.5/10) Shiny Review
40. Walking on Glass by Iain Banks – O* – re-read (8.5/10) Review
41. Sistersong by Lucy Holland – RC (9/10) Review
42. In the Company of Men by Véronique Tadjo – RC (9/10) Review
43. Heartburn by Nora Ephron – O* (7/10) Review
44. A Song of Stone by Iain Banks – O* – re-read (7/10) – Review
45. Dead Air by Iain Banks – O* (7/10) Review
46. Together by Luke Adam Hawker – RC – Review
47. Beeswing by Richard Thompson – RC (8/10) Review
48. The Atomics by Paul Maunder – RC (8.5/10) – Review
49. The Muse by Nell Dunn – RC (9/10) Shiny Review
50. Love and Theft by Stan Parish – RC (8.5/10) Review
51. The Arrest by Jonathan Lethem – O (9/10) Review
Dipper: Poems by Iain Banks & Ken MacLeod – O Review

MAY
52. The Whole Truth by Cara Hunter – RC (10/10) Review
53. The Assistant by Kjell Ola Dahl – RC (9/10) Shiny review
54. Kingdomtide by Rye Curtis – RC (9/10) – Review
55. The Trawlerman by William Shaw – RC (9/10) Review
56. Vertigo & Ghost by Fiona Benson – RC (Poetry) (9/10) Review
57. My Silver Shoes by Nell Dunn – O (7.5/10) Review
58. Real Estate by Deborah Levy – RC
59. Twice by Susanna Kleeman – RC Review
60. The Baby is Mine by Oyinkan Braithwaite – RC (8/10) Review
61. Painting Time by Maylis de Kerangal – RC (8.5/10) Shiny review
62. Flake by Matthew Dooley – O (10/10) Review

JUNE
63. Rabbits by Terry Miles – RC (8.5/10) Shiny review
64. The Liar’s Dictionary by Eley Williams – O* 20B (10/10) Review
65. The Brain Fitness Book by Rita Carter – RC (5/10) Review
66. The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien – O* 20B (8/10) Review
67. Holding Her Breath by Eimear Ryan – RC (9/10) Review
68. One Last Time by Helga Flatland – RC (8.5/10) Review
69. The Cost of Living by Deborah Levy – O* 20B (9/10) Review
70. The Heeding by Rob Cowen & Nick Hayes – RC (8/10) Review
71. The World is at War, Again by Simon Lowe – RC (7.5/10) Review
72. Love in Idleness by Amanda Craig – O* 20B (8.5/10) Review
73. Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops by Shaun Bythell – O* 20B (8/10) Review
74. Everyone is still alive by Cathy Rentzenbrink – RC (8.5/10) Shiny review
Short: The Murders on the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe – O* Review

JULY
75. Nada by Carmen Laforet – O* 20B (10/10) Review
76. Three to Kill by Jean-Patrick Manchette – O* 20B (10/10) Review
77. Meet Me in Another Life by Catriona Silvey – RC (9/10) Review
78. The Beresford by Will Carver – RC (10/10) Review
79. Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk – O* 20B (10/10) Review
80. The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle – RC (5.5/10) Review
81. Mayflies by Andrew O’Hagan – O* 20B
82. My Best Friend’s Secret by Emily Freud – RC (8/10) Review
83. Line by Niall Bourke – RC
84. Maigret’s Madwoman by Georges Simenon – O* 20B (8.5/10) Review
85. My Name is Why by Lemn Sissay – O* 20B
86. As She Climbed Across the Table by Jonathan Lethem – O* 20B

AUGUST
87. The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz – RC
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