Sunday, January 17, 2021

Nonfiction & Poetry 2021

One of my reading plans for 2021 was to read 10 works of nonfiction and "some poetry." More would be fine, but I want to get to at least 10 works of nonfiction in a variety of genres (essays, history, biography). Past experience tells me that I am much more likely to do this if I have a place where I am keeping track. This post will be that place.  I am not counting the poetry books toward the nonfiction count, but plan to track both here. If I blog about a specific book once I finish it I will link to the post. If not (which is likely) I will link to the title on Goodreads.

Nonfiction titles read:
1. Life in the Garden by Penelope Lively (January)
2. Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott (January)
3. Brooklyn: The Once and Future City by Thomas Campanella (January)
4. Small Move, Big Change by Caroline L. Arnold (February)
5. Under the Big Top: A Season with the Circus by Bruce Feiler (April)
6. Start Finishing: How to Go from Idea to Done by Charlie Gilkey (April)
7. The Nature of Biography by Robert Gittings (May)
8. Paris 1919 by Margaret MacMillan (finished in May, began in January)
9. Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman (May)
10. Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland (June)
11. The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St. Clair (finished in June, began in March)
12. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale (June)
13. Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing by Margaret Atwood (June)
14. An Invitation to Self-Care by Tracey Cleantis (June)
15. Group by Christie Tate (June)
16. Nudge by 
Richard H. Thayler (July)
Square Haunting: Five Writers in London Between the Wars by Francesca Ward (July)
The White Mountain by Dan Szczesny (July)
19. Susan, Linda, Nina, & Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR by Lisa Napoli (July)
20. On Writing Well by William Zinsser (August)
21. The Best Year of Your Life by Debbie Ford (August)
22. The Secret Life of the Savoy and the D'Oyly Carte Family by Olivia Williams (September)
23. The Self-Care Solution by Jennifer Ashton (September)
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown (September)
An Experiment in Criticism by C. S. Lewis (September)
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann (September)
27. Creating Your Best Life: The Ultimate Life List Guide by Caroline Adams Miller and Michael B. Frisch (October)
28. Atomic Habits by James Clear (October)
29. The Ultimate Guide to Frugal Living by Daisy Luther (October)
30. We are Our Mothers' Daughters by Cokie Roberts (finished in October, began in May)
31. Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman (October)
32. The Power of Writing it Down by Allison Fallon (November)
33. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir (November)
34. Midnight Chicken and Other Recipes Worth Living For by Ella Risbridger (November)
35. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes (November)
36. How to Write a Mystery edited by Lee Child (November)
37. Thinking About History by Sarah Maza (November)
38. The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff (November)
39. The Comfort Book by Matt Haig (November)
40. The Self-care Handbook by Gill Hasson
41. Writing at the Kitchen Table by Artemis Cooper (November)
42. Stitches by Anne Lamott (December)
43. Hans Christian Andersen by Rumer Godden (December)
The Making of Home by Judith Flanders (December)
Help, Thanks, Wow by Anne Lamott (December)

Poetry books read:

1. Dearly by Margaret Atwood (January)
2. Blue Horses by Mary Oliver (June)

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