I keep track of my book ratings and reviews on Goodreads. Here’s a list of the best books I read in 2021 (my 4 and 5 star Goodreads reviews). You can follow me there and see the complete list (including books I didn’t like) and new ratings. Reviews are posted on Twitter too.
The first two books in Cornwell’s The Last Kingdom Series chronicling the making of England starting in the 800’s were good, and I look forward to the rest of this historical fiction series. Netflix fans can watch The Last Kingdom, which is based on the series.
The Dark Hours by Michael Connelly
My favorite crime writer’s latest thriller.
It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership by Colin Powell
I was a young expat living in Kuwait before and after the Gulf War and Colin Powell helped liberate the country. I read his excellent book on leadership shortly after he passed away this year.
Probably the best book about the greatest football dynasty of all time.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Harari
Very well-written and presented study of human evolution.
Troubled Blood (A Cormoran Strike Novel, 5) by Robert Galbraith
Another series. This one about a pair of London detectives from JK Rowling, aka Galbraith.
Enjoyed this one as an NBA junkie and Iverson fan.
Probably only 4 stars to those really interested in the NBA.
Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost by Michael Bender
The more balanced of the election and early Covid books that I read. Full review here in Closing the Book(s) on President Trump – Double Book Review
Second book by the author on Amazon.
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
Very good novel that takes place in India. Netflix turned it into a movie.
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
I tried to reread all of Hemingway’s novels given the Ken Burns documentary that came out about him this year, but I couldn’t get past To Have and Have Not and decided life is too short for rereading stuff that isn’t great.
Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick
The title is self-explanatory. The author did a good job with the subject.
Philip Roth: The Biography by Blake Bailey
Stocks for the Long Run by Jeremy Siegel and The Psychology of Money: Timeless lessons on wealth, greed, and happiness by Morgan Housel
Two books that I added to my Personal Finance Toolkit – resources to help you learn about wealth.
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
New novel by one of my favorite authors.
The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X by Les Payne and Tamara Payne
I think this is the best Malcolm X biography.
America’s Game: The Epic Story of How Pro Football Captured a Nation by Michael MacCambridge
Sports, business, and Americana wrapped into one good book.
There were also a few Presidential biographies, but more on that in a separate post.
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