2021 Reading List

Every year I track the books I read and analyze what I’m reading from a macro perspective—are the authors all women, men, white, BIPOC? Whose voices am I listening to? I also write short summaries of the books. Here’s this year’s list.

2021 Goals

Read more books than any year before (53 books in 2017, 54 books in 2018, 43 books in 2019, 53 books in 2020).

Read at least two challenging, hard books—books that might take months to finish. (Aka, don’t inflate the number of books above by picking only short books!)

Read at least 30%+ by Black people, Indigenous people, and People of color.

Read at least 50%+ by women, womxn or non-binary folks.


Total number of books: 0
Total number of authors:  0
Women authors: –
BIPOC authors: –

The Book List: All the books I read in 2021

It is the start of a new year. We begin.


Just Mercy


Laziness Does Not Exist.

You & I, As Mothers.

Sister Outsider, by Audre Lorde.


Books Started

ain’t i a woman, by Bell Hooks.

No Bad Kids, by Janet Lansbury.

Boys & Sex, by Peggy Orenstein.

Healing Trauma, by Peter Levine.

Let Your Life Speak, by Parker J Palmer. 

It’s About Damn Time, by Arlan Hamilton and Rachel L. Nelson.

The Power of Onlyness, by Nilofer Merchant.

Do Nothing, by Celeste Headlee.



Currently on my shelf

Long Story Short, by Marty Machowski.

Wintering, by Katherine May.

Strangers In Their Own Land, by Arlie Russell Hochschild.

The Righteous Mind, by Jonathan Haidt.

Left Behind, by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins.

The Mommy Myth, by Susan J. Douglas and Meredith W. Michaels.

The Price of Motherhood, by Ann Crittenden.

The Zen of Social Media Marketing, by Shama Hyder.

The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander.

Mom & Me & Mom, by Maya Angelou.

You & I, As Mothers, by Laura Prepon.






About the Reading List

Every year I track all of the books I read and analyze what I’m reading from a macro perspective. In addition, I write short summaries of the books all on this page. This page gets updated every few months as the year progresses, and then at the end of the year, I tally the books and notes all together here as an archive.

I’ve been recording what I read every year for the past several years—here are the books lists from 20172018, and 2019. Book tracking helps me pay attention to the quality and diversity of what I read. It has improved the quality, breadth and number of books I learn from, which inspires me to keep doing it.

If you’re curious, you can read more about why I track the books I read, how to decide what book to read next, and my notes on how to finish a book. Or you can read my book summaries, below, for new book ideas and recommendations. Please note—all links to books below are affiliate links, which means that if you click the link to buy the book, I’ll get a small amount of money for being an affiliate.