Books I Read in 2021

My goal this year was to read at least 25 books. In the past, my goal has been 50 but I hardly ever reach that, so I thought that 25 would be a good goal–it averages two books a month.

This year, I beat my goal but definitely with some help from my kindergarten class. In fact, uh, most of the books I read were children’s books? Whatever, stop judging me.

Here are the books I read in 2021:

  1. If I Had Your Face, Frances Cha
  2. Witnessing Gwangju: A Memoir, Paul Courtright
  3. Brief, Horrible Moments: A collection of one sentence horror stories, Marko Pandza
  4. Almond, Won-pyung Sohn
  5. My Korean Deli: Risking It All for a Convenience Store, Ben Ryder Howe
  6. Severance, Ling Ma
  7. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Bill Martin Jr.
  8. Go Away, Big Green Monster!, Ed Emberley
  9. From Head to Toe, Eric Carle
  10. If the Dinosaurs Came Back, Bernard Most
  11. Highway with Green Apples, Suah Bae
  12. Bear’s Busy Family, Stella Blackstone
  13. My Mum and Dad Make Me Laugh, Nick Sharratt
  14. My Messy Room, Mary Packard
  15. Hippo Has a Hat, Julia Donaldson
  16. The Pop-Up Dear Zoo, Rod Campbell
  17. I Broke My Trunk!, Mo Willems
  18. Lemons Are Not Red, Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  19. Can You Keep a Secret, Pamela Allen
  20. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Michael Rosen
  21. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, Mo Willems
  22. Can I Play Too?, Mo Willems
  23. Jasper’s Beanstalk, Nick Butterworth
  24. I’m Waiting for You and Other Stories, Bo-Young Kim
  25. The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything, Linda Williams
  26. Don’t You Dare, Dragon, Annie Kubler
  27. The Odd Egg, Emily Gravett
  28. One Snowy Day, Jeffrey Scherer
  29. Amelia Bedelia’s Family Album, Peggy Parish
  30. The Lonesome Bodybuilder, Yukiko Motoya
  31. Bark, George, Jules Feiffer
  32. That’s Not Santa!, Leonard Kessler
  33. Wake Me in Spring, James Preller

Highlights of the year included Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, which I thought was beautifully illustrated as it placed 2D characters in photographs of the actual world, and the “I’m Waiting for You” and “On My Way to You” stories that began and ended the I’m Waiting for You and Other Stories. (Interstellar romance! Science fiction, but with romance added!) My students loved We’re Going on a Bear Hunt thanks in part to the great reading of it done by the author himself that you can find here. Overall, I didn’t read anything mind-blowingly good or anything terrifically bad this year. I’ve set my goal for 25 books again, hoping that I can fit in more adult books this year.

What did you read in 2021? What are your goal for 2022? Any book recommendations?