“Highlights of 2021” might seem like an oxymoron, but when it comes to books there was so much goodness for me last year. I broke my personal reading record, even if I don’t count the audiobooks I listened to. This surprised me, because I have a tighter schedule this year and had to do some shuffling around – I was worried about losing reading time – I must have overcompensated! I do know that my blogging and blog-reading suffered – I’m still working on getting the balance just right, but I won’t hold my breath.
Six years ago I decided to challenge myself to read more books from Atlantic Canada. As a result, I have read 172 books from Atlantic Canada in the last six years.
#of Atlantic Canadian books read: 41 (last year, 31)
% of books read from Atlantic Canada: 34% (last year, 39%)
Newfoundland: 7 (last year, 9)
Nova Scotia: 27 (last year, 21)
New Brunswick: 5 (last year, 0) — I no longer have to hang my head in shame over my NB stats!
Prince Edward Island: 2 (last year, 1) — Thanks Jeff Bursey!
(not necessarily published this year, and in no particular order)
THE REST OF CANADA AND BEYOND!
%CanLit: 83% (last year, 80%)
Out of 80% CanLit, 41% is from Atlantic Canada (last year, 48%)
I know what you’re thinking, because I’m thinking it myself… Am I really allowed to have 48 favourite books in a year?! Is that fair to everyone else who has honed it down to 10 or 12? Or even 20? Well, the answer is yes! Plus, I love to look at the display of beautiful book covers at the end of each year.
But because I am just as curious as you are which of these books I would choose–if forced–for a top ten list… (in no particular order)
10 12 Books (Fiction)
- Some People’s Children
- The Appendage Formerly Known as My Left Arm
- After Shock
- Brighten the Corner Where You Are
- Butter Honey Pig Bread
- Fishnets & Fantasies
- The Sound of Fire – review to come!
- Even So
- The Book of Eve
- Fight Night
- Why Birds Sing
- Such Miracles and Mischief – review to come!
My Top Nonfiction (aka a sneaky way to add more books to the list)
- Where Beauty Survived – review to come!
- Just Mercy
- Disorientation – review to come!
- Senior Management – review to come!