My Top 16 Books of 2021

As an avid lover of reading, I have enjoyed finding time to read throughout the year of 2021. This year has been a particularly robust year of reading, completing my 65/65 book reading challenge AND reading more nonfiction than fiction books (this is a rarity for me)!

I intended to chose only 10 books for my top books of the year list, but I just couldn’t narrow it down past 16. As a result, you will find a comprehensive list of my top 16 favorite books of the year.

Some of these books made me laugh, while others made me cry. Some were highly informational, and some educated me toward righteous rage and justice-action. Many of these books fed my soul and spiritual practices. Others were highly creative in imagined worlds, while some envisioned something different in our own world. Some of these books are classics, and some are brand new. A few books are written by friends and colleagues while others are written by people I’ll never know. This list crosses the scope of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

I hope that this list inspires you to add a few books to your 2022 reading list AND encourages you to reach out and connect with me about them! Please know that I’m always happy to chat about any of the listed books. I’m passionate about each and every one of them!

Please enjoy my ‘Top 16 Books of 2021’ list:

1. ‘Sister Outsider’ by Audre Lorde:
2. ‘The Interior Castle’ by Teresa of Ávila:
3. ‘A Wizard of Earthsea’ by Ursula K. Le Guin:
4. ‘Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents’ by Isabel Wilkerson: ‘A Wizard of Earthsea’ by Ursula K. Le Guin:
5. ‘The Land Is Not Empty: Following Jesus in Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery’ by Sarah Augustine:
6. ‘The Plague’ by Albert Camus:
7. ‘Teaching to transgress’ by bell hooks:
8. ‘The Naked Now: Learning to See As the Mystics See’ by Richard Rohr:
9. ‘The Color Purple’ by Alice Walker:
10. ‘The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America’ by Richard Rothstein:
11. ‘Advancing the Mission: The Order of Deacon in the United Methodist Church’ by Margaret Ann Crain:
12. ‘Gideon the Ninth’ by Tamsyn Muir:
13. ‘On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century’ by Timothy D. Snyder:
14. ‘Nature Poem’ by Tommy Pico:
15. ‘The Prophets’ by Robert Jones Jr.:
16. ‘Who Was Jesus and What Does It Mean to Follow Him?’ by Nancy Elizabeth Bedford: