NPR’s Books of the Year


Whether I do a post of not, every year I look forward to National Public Radio’s books of the year list. I always “grade” myself–how many have I read. This year I got an F. I’ve read only ONE BOOK from this year’s list. I started one other and got distracted (I won it in a giveaway so I’ll get to it eventually), just reset my hold on another since I’m in Christmas book mode only right now, and have a few others on my TBR.

The One I Read


My review is linked here.

The One I Re-Set My Hold On


I’ll be listening to this one after Christmas–it arrived in my online holds, but I sent it on to another patron to return to me next month. Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead.

The One I Started Reading, but Got Distracted From Finishing


How gorgeous is this cover??? Island Queen by Vanessa Riley

New to me–Discovered on the List

Flight of the Diamond Smugglers by Matthew Gavin Frank seems like an update of Ian Fleming’s nonfiction book on the same topic.

This memoir sounds good–I’ve had friends and co-workers over the years who were gentrifies, restorers, urban pioneers, whatever you want to label it. Gentrifier: A Memoir by Anne Elizabeth Moore.

Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan could go either way for me, but I want to try it.


How About You?

Any favorites for 2021 on this list? Leave me a comment or a link to your post.

12 thoughts on “NPR’s Books of the Year

      1. I am sorta in the middle on this one. I enjoyed the first half and then realized the story wasn’t going anywhere so the last half was slow for me. It has a sci-fi theme with an AF (artificial friend) as the protagonist. I would call this novel a study in human behavior from both angles: the AF to her friend and the friend’s behavior toward Klara (the AF). I’d give it at least 3 stars out of 5.

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