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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AUGUST
88. The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz – RC F (9.5/10) Review
89. Fremder by Russell Hoban – O* F 20B (8/10) Review
90. Olympus, Texas by Stacey Swann – RC F (9/10) Review
91. Dear Reader by Cathy Rentzenbrink – O* NF 20B (10/10) Review
92. She’s Leaving Home aka A Song From Dead LIps by William Shaw – O* F 20B (9/10) Review
93. No Touching by Ketty Rouf – RC FTr (8.5/10) Review
94. The Forest of Wool and Steel by Natsu Miyashita – O* FTr 20B (9/10) Review
95. Love Under Lockdown by Michael Estorick – RC F (7.5/10) Review
96. Call for the Dead by John Le Carre – O* F 20B (9/10) Review
97. Intimations by Zadie Smith – O* NF 20B (7/10) Review
98. Drive by James Sallis – O* F 20B (10/10) Review
99. The Light in the Dark by Horatio Clare – RC NF 20B (8.5/10) Review
100. How to Life Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu – O* F (10/10) Review
101. Star Turns by Tim Walker – RC (9.5/10) Review

SEPTEMBER
102. Catch Your Breath by Ed Patrick – RC (9.5/10) Review
103. Red Planet by Simon Morden – RC Shiny Review
104. A Single Rose by Muriel Barbery – RC (10/10) Shiny Review
105. Dark Things I Adore by Katie Lattari – RC Review
106. The Walking Dead Vol 1: Days Gone Bye by Robert Kirkman, illus Tony Moore – O Review
107. Madgermanes by Birgit Weyhe – RC (9/10) Shiny Review
108. Mother Mother by Annie Macmanus – RC (8/10) Review
109. The Book of Pebbles by Christopher Stocks & Angie Lewin – O* (9/10) Review
110. Raising Laughter by Roberts Sellers – RC
111. A Storm of Echoes: The Mirror Visitor vol 4 by Christelle Dabos – RC (6.5/10) Review
112. The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman – O (10/10) Review
113. 1979 by Val McDermid – O (9/10) Review

OCTOBER
114. The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles – RC (10/10) Shiny Review
115. The Writer’s Cats by Muriel Barbery, illus Maria Guitart – RC
116. Ramble Book by Adam Buxton – O (8/10) Review
117. The Walking Dead Vol 2: Miles Behind Us – O (6.5/10) Review
118. Agent in Place by Helen MacInnes – O* (9/10) Review
119. The Walking Dead Vol 3: Safety Behind Bars – O (6.5/10) Review
120. The Rabbit Factor – Antti Tuomainen – RC
121. The Counterfeit Candidate by Brian Klein – RC (9/10) Review
122. Are We Having Fun Yet? by Lucy Mangan – RC
123. House of Trelawney by Hannah Rothschild – O
124. The Walking Dead Vol 4: The Heart’s Desire – O (6.5/10) Review
125. The Spirit Engineers by A J West – RC
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