Welcome to Wren in Black Book Reviews! Thank you so much for taking a moment of your time to visit Wren in Black! If this is your very first stop, take a moment to read the about me page so we can get better acquainted! It’s okay. I’ll wait right here.
Now, to celebrate the blog’s launch I am doing a short series of 2021 Reading Year in Review posts. First, I want to brag on and celebrate my top ten favorite reads of last year.
Here they are in the order that I read them:
- The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
- The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
- Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham
- This Light Between Us by Andrew Fukuda
- The Darkness Outside Us by Elliot Schrefer
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green
- Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson
- They Went Left by Monica Hesse
- Untamed by Glennon Doyle
Of these, The Anthropocene Reviewed was by far my favorite book of 2021! I was not expecting that to be the case, since it is a book of nonfiction essays. But, oh my, John Greene proved me wrong. I wound up buying a copy of the book for me (as well as a Kindle copy so I could search my highlights), a copy for my classroom, a copy for a friend, and a copy for my mother. I should buy stock in all things John Green from now on, especially if this is an entry point into nonfiction.
Overall, it was an excellent reading year. I finished 165 books total. I read by mood until I found the 52 Book Club challenge on Thanksgiving Day. I discovered I only needed 6 more books to fit all of their prompts, and I made it! The challenge gave me the final push I needed to get through a couple of books that had been on my TBR stack (that’s To Be Read for those you who aren’t book obsessed) forever, like Heart of Darkness. Here’s what I used to fit each prompt in that challenge.
I’ll be doing a full review of The Anthropocene Reviewed tomorrow, so stay tuned!