One of the greatest things about owning a bookshop is that I not only get to read amazing new books, but I’m SUPPOSED to read them. I bring home boxes of books each week and stay up late reading and then mail boxes of books to my family and stuff Little Free Libraries with them and contemplate how many bookshelves are “too many”. I say that number doesn’t exist. Victor says, “Probably a dozen less than we currently have and also, you can’t make piles of books into tables for more books” but you totally can with a good tablecloth and a little imagination.
I know a lot of you may be quarantining or don’t have access to good bookstore locally to see what’s on the shelves so I thought I’d share with you the 145 books I’ve read in 2021 that I’ve loved so far. If you were here now I’d go through each of them and help you pick out the best one for you but since we are not together, this is the next best thing. (PS. If I’m at the store you can always ask me for a recommendation.)
And in return? Tell me a book you read this year that you loved, because I am always looking for more.
No Cure for Being Human, Sex Cult Nun, Vivian Maier Developed, Noor, Chouette, The Collective, These Silent Woods, Blue-Skinned Gods, Call Me Athena, Reprieve, Death at Greenway, The Last Graduate, Slewfoot, Cackle, Under the Whispering Door, God of Mercy, The Death of Jane Lawrence, Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village, Nothing but Blackened Teeth, Once More upon a Time, The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina, Mordew, My heart is a Chainsaw, Circe, Ballad for Sophie, Kaiju Preservation Society, Lemon, The Cape Doctor, The Four Winds, When Two Feathers Fell from the Sky.
Lore Olympus, The Sunset Route, Brown Girls, The Anthropocene Reviewed, Mrs. March, Lovesickness, The Icepick Surgeon, Living Ghosts & Mischievous Monsters, Revelator, RUN, Clark and Division, Trubble Town, The Archer, Summer Sons, The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream, Shelf Life, Poison for Breakfast, How to Wrestle a Girl, The Modern Witch Tarot, A Touch of Jen, And Elderly Lady Must Not Be Crossed, What Big Teeth, The Box in the Woods, Reflection, Hamnet, Tiny Dancer, Hummingbird Salamander, One Hundred Demons, How High? That High, The Final Girl Support Group
Whisper Down the Lane, Strange Children, Harrow, The Comfort Book, Hawking, Island Queen, How Long Til Black Future Month?, Rabbits, A Sitting in St. James, The Chosen and the Beautiful, Field Study, Such a Quiet Place, The Council of Animals, A Spindle Splintered, The Ones We’re Meant to Find, The Other Passenger, Savage Tongues, Girl One, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, On Juneteenth, The Anatomy of Desire, The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot, The Wolf and the Woodsman, The Maidens, With Teeth, Nutshell Studies, Go Ask Alice, Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch, Velvet was the Night, The Unfit Heiress
Unsettled Ground, She Who Became the Sun, Girl in the Walls, Sorrowland, Sidecountry, Goodbye, again, Revival Season, Come Fly the World, Brood, Feral Creatures, Ariadne, Whereabouts, Nightbitch, The Living Sea of Waking Dreams, Hour of the Witch, Mother May I, Madam, Seek You, The Book of Accidents, Couple Found Slain, Murder Most Puzzling, IN, Hollow Kingdom, Kindred, Olympus Texas, Things I Learned from Falling, Red Island House, Ladies of the Secret Circus, The Witch’s Heart, Wake
The Echo Wife, The Lamplighters, Heatwave, The Bone Houses, The Kindest Lie, Plain Bad Heroines, This Close to Okay, The Removed, In the Heart of the Sea, In the Garden of Spite, The Girl from Channel Islands, My Year Abroad, The Haunting of Alma Fielding, Burning Girls, Remina, I am a Girl from Africa, We Begin at the End, Infinite Country, The Children’s Train, The Memory Theater, The Electric Kingdom, Better Luck Next Time, Terminal Boredom, You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey, The Mystery of Mrs. Christie