Books I’ve Read in 2021…

Total Pages Read: 7975
Shortest Book: 160 pages
Longest Book: 560 pages
Fiction: 14
Non-Fiction: 1
Cookbook: 9

Last Book Read:
25. Forward the Foundation by Isaac Asimov. (Foundation Prequel #2). Hari Seldon works on perfecting psychohistory and managing the forces that want to use the science for their own purposes. 384 pages. (Finished 19 Dec 2021.)

Past Lists:

  1. The Kingdom by Jo Nesbø. In a small town in Norway, a younger brother returns with his new wife. Between brothers the bond is unbreakable. However secrets have a way of catching up to you, and this town, and these brothers are full of them. 560 pages. (Finished 8 Jan 2021.)
  2. The Flavor Equation: The Science of Great Cooking Explained in More Than 100 Essential Recipes by Nik Sharma. I found this book super interesting as it covered some of the scientific reasons behind the different “tastes” (both official and unofficial) in food. Recipes skew towards Indian influences. 352 pages. (Finished 12 Jan 2021.)
  3. Pasta by Hand: A Collection of Italy’s Regional Hand-Shaped Pasta by Jenn Louis. Interesting book, but I don’t think I’d do many of the recipes. Also there were many recipes that were only slight variations of others already mentioned in the book. Perhaps the different regions aren’t always as different after all. 208 pages. (Finished 15 Jan 2021.)
  4. Pie Camp: The Skills You Need to Make Any Pie You Want by Kate McDermott. Lots of pie, unsurprisingly. 344 pages. (Finished 31 Jan 2021.)
  5. A Certain Hunger by Chelsea G Summers. A celebrated female food writer narates the tale of when she began killing and eating her former lovers. 420 pages. (Finished 28 Feb 2021.)
  6. Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas. In this prequel to The Hate U Give, we hear the story of Maverick at seventeen and the events that will shape the rest of his life. 360 pages. (Finished 1 Mar 2021.)
  7. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. Nora leads a pretty unremarkable life in a small town in England. One day she decides she doesn’t want to live any longer and ends up finding herself in a library full of books that seem to go on forever. Each one of these books is a different version of her life that she can live, in which she made a different decision. She must live these lives and find one she can be happy in…or until the clock changes from midnight and the library goes away. 289 pages. (Finished 11 Mar 2021.)
  8. Jack by Marilynne Robinson (Gilead #4). The story of “Jack,” son of Gilead’s Presbyterian minister, and how he came to fall in love with Della Miles, a high school teacher who is also a preacher’s child. There is only one problem, Jack is white and Della is black. It is against the law for the two of them to marry and dangerous even to be seen together. 320 pages. (Finished 3 Apr 2021.)
  9. Fools Crow by James Welch. Its 1870 and a young Native American warrior has a vision during a ceremony about the changing times and whether to resist or not. 402 pages. (Finished 11 Apr 2021.)
  10. This is a Book About Dumplings: Everything You Need to Craft Delicious Pot Stickers, Bao, Wontons and More by Brendan Pang. 160 pages. (Finished 12 May 2021.)
  11. Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien (A Noodle Shop Mystery #1). After a breakup, Lana has returned to work in her families restaurant while she puts her life back together. Things get a little more interesting when the property manager turns up dead after a delivery of dumplings from her families restaurant. 328 pages. (Finished 15 May 2021.)
  12. Lavash: The bread that launched 1,000 meals, plus salads, stews, and other recipes from Armenia by Kate Leahy, Ara Zada, & John Lee. 248 pages. (Finished 15 May 2021.)
  13. First Person Singular: Stories by Haruki Murakami. Eight short stories. 245 pages. (Finished 18 May 2021.)
  14. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. A fantastic reimagining of the underground railroad, follows Cora as she escapes the Georgia plantation she was born on. 300 pages. (Finished 6 Jun 2021.)
  15. How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue. A small village in Africa deals with the presence of an American oil company and the consequences of their exploitation. 384 pages. (Finished 1 Sep 2021.)
  16. Koji Alchemy: Rediscovering the Magic of Mold-Based Fermentation by Jeremy Umansky & Rich Shih. 313 pages. (Finished 2 Sep 2021.)
  17. The Love & Lemons Cookbook: An Apple-to-Zucchini Celebration of Impromptu Cooking by Jeanine Donofrio. 314 pages. (Finished 5 Sep 2021.)
  18. Everyone’s Table: Global Recipes for Modern Health by Gregory Gourdet. This is a beautiful cookbook. 400 pages. (Finished 5 Sep 2021.)
  19. Love & Lemons Every Day: More than 100 Bright, Plant-Forward Recipes for Every Meal by Jeanine Donofrio. 320 pages. (Finished 6 Sep 2021.)
  20. Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. A man answers an ad in the newspaper looking for serious pupils, only to find the teacher is a gorilla. This book has a cult following. 338 pages. (Finished 15 Sep 2021.)
  21. The Cold Millions by Jess Walter. The story of two brothers in early 20th Century Spokane, WA. 342 pages. (Finished 14 Oct 2021.)
  22. Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney. Alice, Felix, Eileen, & Simon are all figuring out what it means to be with each other and the world around them. 356 pages. (Finished 14 Nov 2021.)
  23. Prelude to Foundation by Isaac Asimov. (Foundation Prequel #1). The beginnings of psychohistory and the story/myth of Hari Seldon. 448 pages. (Finished 4 Dec 2021.)
  24. 8 Dates: A Plan for Making Love Last Forever by John Gottman, PhD & Julie Schwartz Gottman, PhD. 224 pages. (Finished 4 Dec 2021.)
  25. Forward the Foundation by Isaac Asimov. (Foundation Prequel #2). Hari Seldon works on perfecting psychohistory and managing the forces that want to use the science for their own purposes. 384 pages. (Finished 19 Dec 2021.)

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