During 2021, my reading rate has been nowhere near as impressive as it was in 2020. I’m not sure why that is. However, I’ve read a good mix of non-fiction, novels, and short stories, and have continued keeping track of everything through Goodreads, which means I can carry on my now yearly tradition of picking out my top three books of the year.
1st – Winner – High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
High Fidelity is just classic Hornby. Light-hearted, uplifting, and hilarious. This novel inspired me to start listening to my old music again, and actually got me back into playing keyboards after a very long hiatus. The story is fundamentally about relationships, but it’s packed with twists and turns, with lots of will he or won’t he, and a few sad bits perfectly blended in. I was kept guessing to the end, and I’m happy to recommend this novel as a great antidote to the ongoing pandemic situation.
2nd – A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
I’ve been meaning to read A Brief History of Time since it was first published, but it’s one of those bucket list books that I never got around to. Until this year. I’m so glad I took the time to read it, and persevere through some of the more difficult sections. You don’t need to be a physicist to read this book, but it definitely helps if you are curious about physics and the origin of the universe. Some of the concepts are impossible to visualise, but if you can get past that, this book is humorous, informative, and worth reading.
3rd – The Official Sloane Ranger Handbook by Ann Barr and Peter York
Luke and Jon is a debut novel by Robert Williams, first published in 2010. Luke and his father, struggling after the death of Luke’s mother, move to a remote run-down cottage on the fell overlooking the northern town of Duerdale. They soon meet Jon, the strange boy with a secret who lives in the next house on the fell, wears 1950s clothes, and goes to the same school as Luke.
There are a couple more books that I loved, but didn’t quite make it into my personal top three for the year.
The Art of Making Memories by Meik Wiking
A lovely book about how you can make memories, enjoy more firsts, and perhaps even slow time down as you get older.
Under Orders by Dick Francis
Retired jockey turned private investigator, Sid Halley, investigates a murder at Cheltenham Races, but one death leads to another.
As was the case last year, there are lots more books on my want to read list on Goodreads, and I’m hoping to get through more next year.