For my first post of 2022, I’m looking back to my favorite reads of the past year. On my former blog, The Emerald City Book Review, I awarded the “Emerald City Gem” each year to the most memorable books in various categories. You can visit those lists here if you like, covering 2014 to 2020.
Over here at the Enchanted Castle, I’m going to give out Stars to serve the same purpose, in honor of my starry header image. (It’s Three Kings Day as well, which seems appropriate.)
Favorite 2021 Releases
I don’t read many brand-new books, so I’m unable to assemble long lists of favorite 2021 releases, but there were a couple of titles that were definitely standout reads for me:
Other books I read and especially enjoyed in 2021:
Tao Te Ching
Open Mind, Open Heart
Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening
Hidden Valley Road
The Invisible Gorilla
It Didn’t Start With You
What Matters in Jane Austen
The Library Book
In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts
A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear
Yes, way more nonfiction books this year than fiction! That’s partly because this year I did a lot of rereading of books that I already know I love, so I’m not counting those, otherwise the fiction list would have more titles on it. But it still would probably not be longer than the nonfiction list. I read a LOT of really good nonfiction this year. I decided to divide my list into memoir-based books (which are often more than pure memoir, but based in personal narrative) and other nonfiction, to break it up a bit.
Click on the links to read my Goodreads review or blog post and learn more about these books. And tell me, what were your favorite reads of 2021?