It’s time for my annual post recapping what I read over the course of the past year. I have so much fun writing this and I truly appreciate all of your enthusiasm for this post every year.
This was a wonderful year of reading for me. I met and then surpassed my goal of 30 books by completing 37. As usual, there were a few that I started but couldn’t get into and didn’t finish. As far as trends in my reading, what was true last year continues to be true this year: I lean more in favor of non-fiction, though good fiction reads continue to be a source of escape between the often heavy topics I engage with in my non-fiction reading. I continue to prioritize books by authors of color, especially Black women. While this used to be more of a conscious effort, I have been doing it for long enough now that it has become second nature. These are the topics I find most interesting and relevant, and I never tire of broadening my perspective in this way. My hope for all of you is that you do the same. Make an intentional effort to decolonize your bookshelves and I am certain you will be glad you did.
(A quick note: a few of the reviews below are copied from my holiday gift guide, simply because writing this many book reviews – even short ones – is quite an undertaking. Thanks for understanding!)