2021 a Year in Books

What I read in 2021, the comprehensive list.

How to read this list:

*  = Recommend
** = Really recommend
NC = No comment (or, really, do not bother)
RR = Re-read
F = Fiction
NF = Non-fiction
P = Plays

No, I won’t be posting purchase links, I suggest you purchase a copy of whatever sounds interesting from your favourite local second hand book shop (most of the – good ones anyway – have been in print for some time, I have found books that age well, well, age well). Enjoy.

Previous lists can be found here and here.

  1. The Machine Stops – EM Vorster (F **)
  2. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carol (RR F*)
  3. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh (F*)
  4. The Death and Life of Great American Cities – Jane Jacobs (NF**)
  5. The End of History and the Last Man – Francis Fukuyama (NF)
  6. Machete Season – Jean Hatzfeld (NF**)
  7. The Boys on the Boat – Daniel James Brown (NF**)
  8. The Watchmen – Alan Moore (F**)
  9. You Can’t Go Home Again – Thomas Wolfe (F*)
  10. The Sovereign Individual – James Dale Davidson & Lord Reese Mogg (NF*)
  11. The Huron – Voltaire (F*)
  12. Zadig – Voltaire (F*)
  13. Arcadia – Tom Stoppard (P**)
  14. The Will to Power – Henry Hazlitt (NF*)
  15. A Book of Burlesque – HL Menken (NF**)
  16. The Constitution of Liberty – FA Hayek (NF**)
  17. Progress and Poverty – Henry George (NF*)
  18. Slouching Towards Bethlehem – Joan Didion (NF**)
  19. Invisible Cities – Italo Calvino (F*)
  20. Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson (F*)
  21. Hermes – Michel Serres (NF)
  22. Minority Report – ML Menken (NF)
  23. It’s Me Eddie – Eduard Limonov (F)
  24. Basic Income and Sovereign Money – Geoff Crocker (NF) author’s surname is fitting
  25. Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keys (F**)
  26. The Fifth Elephant – Terry Pratchett (F**)
  27. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote (F**)
  28. What we Cannot Know – Marcus du Sautoy (NF)
  29. The Wisdom of Crowds – James Surowiecki (NF*)
  30. Prince: Purple Rein – Mick Wall (NF)
  31. Adults in the Room – Yanis Varoufakis (NF)
  32. The Rationalists Guide to the Galaxy – Tom Chivers (NF*)
  33. The Starseed Transmissions – Ken Carey (NF/F)
  34. Klara and the Sun – Kazuo Ishiguro (F*)
  35. Watermarks – Lenka Janiurek (NF)
  36. The Future of You – Tracey Follows (NF**)
  37. Confessions – St Augustine (NF**)
  38. Rattling the Cage – Brent Meersman (NF)
  39. War and Peace and War – Peter Turchin (NF*)
  40. QED – Richard Feynman (NF*)
  41. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe (F*)
  42. The Importance of Being Ernest and Other Plays – Oscar Wilde (P**)
  43. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway (F*)
  44. Lenin on the Train – Catherine Merridale (NF)
  45. Aesops Fables – Gavin Weston (F**)
  46. Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun – Wess Roberts (NF*)
  47. Player Piano – Kurt Vonnegut (F*)
  48. Confronting Inequality – Michael Nassin Smith (NF)
  49. No Time Like the Future – Michael J Fox (NF*)
  50. A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived – Adam Rutherford (NF)
  51. Spiritual Enlightenment, The Damnedest Thing – Jed McKenna (NF)
  52. Checkov’s Plays – P*
  53. Pyramids – Terry Pratchett (RR F**)
  54. Iraq+ 100 – Hassan Blasim (F*)
  55. The Story of Philosophy – Will Durant (NF**)
  56. Hustling, Happiness and a Blowup Doll Named Percy – Dale Hefer (NF0
  57. Homage to Catalonia – George Orwell (NF)
  58. H2O and the Waters of Forgetfulness – Ivan Illich (NF*)
  59. Suicide of the West – Jonah Goldberg (NF)
  60. A Manual for Creating Atheists – Peter Boghossian (NF)
  61. How to Have Impossible Conversations – James Lindsay and Peter Boghossian (NF*)
  62. The Hard Problem – Tom Stoppard (P**)
  63. If You Are an Egalitarian How Come You Are So Rich – GA Cohen (NF*)
  64. The Future Starts Now (RR NF*)
  65. The Illuminati Papers – Robert Anton Wilson (NF/F**)
  66. The Almost Nearly Perfect People – Michael Booth (NF*)
  67. Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Eaquivel (F*)
  68. We Have Been Harmonised – Kai Strittmatter (NF**)
  69. Love, Poverty, War – Christopher Hitchens (NF*)
  70. Jingo – Terry Pratchett (RR F**)
  71. When Money Destroys Nations – Philip Haslam and Russell Lamberti (NF*)
  72. Seeing Like a State – James C Scott (NF*)
  73. The Journalist and the Murderer – Janet Malcom (NF*)
  74. Grey Eminence – Aldous Huxley (NF*)
  75. Mortality – Christopher Hitchens (NF**)
  76. The Tao of Pooh and the Te of Piglet – Benjamin Hof (F/NF*)
  77. The Republic – Plato (NF*)
  78. Freud – Breger (NF*)
  79. Democracy Works – Grey Mills et al (NF)
  80. Conflicted – Ian Lesley (NF*)
  81. Neuroliberalism – Rachel Howell et al (NF)
  82. The State of Siege – Albert Camus (P*)
  83. Slaughterhouse 5 – Kurt Vonnegut (RR F/NF**)
  84. The Revelations – Erik Hoel (NF*)
  85. Spiritual Enlightenment – Jed McKenna (NF)
  86. The Great Depression a Diary – Benjamin Roth (NF**)
  87. The Wit and Wisdom of the Discworld – Terry Pratchett (NF*)
  88. Fury – Salman Rushdie (F**)
  89. The Burning Tigris – Peter Balakain (NF**)
  90. The Beginning of Infinity – David Deutch (NF**)
  91. Shawshank Redemption – Stephen King (F*)
  92. Something Happened – Joseph Heller (F)
  93. Popcorn – Ben Elton (F*)
  94. Jane Austin, the complete novels in one sitting (F)
  95. The Hedonic Imperative – David Pearce (NF*)
  96. Dirty Money – Marina Adshade (NF)
  97. Unintended Consequences – Clive Wills (NF)
  98. Cultural Amnesia – Clive James (NF**)
  99. Finding Common Ground – Wandile Shilobo (NF)
  100. The Ordeal of Change – Erik Hoffer (NF*)
  101. Future-Proof Yourself – Nikki Bush (NF)
  102. Post Office – Charles Bukowski (F)
  103. Cherry – Niko Walker (F/NF)
  104. The Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Early Christian Monks (NF*)
  105. Illusions – Richard Bach (NF)
  106. Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future – Seraphim Rose (NF*)
  107. Wanting – Luke Burgis (NF*)
  108. Beyond Bitcoin – Simon Dingle and Steven Sidley (NF*)
  109. Cultureneering – Ian Fuhr (NF)
  110. Transcendent Kingdom – Yaya Gyasi (F*)
  111. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks (F*)
  112. Power – Michel Faucoult (NF)
  113. The Drowned and the Saved – Primo Levy (NF*)
  114. The Daughter of Time – Josephine Tey (F**)
  115. Othello – Shakespeare (P*)
  116. The Aggravations of Mini Ashe – Cyril Kersh (F)
  117. Enders Game – Orson Scott Card (F*)
  118. Ra – qntm (F)
  119. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe – Edward Albee (P*)
  120. August : Osage County – Tracey Letts (P*)
  121. The Contrarian – Max Chafkin (NF)
  122. When Prophecy Fails – Festinger et al (NF)
  123. Revolutionary Road – Richard Yates (F*)
  124. Here be Dragons – Richard Mulholand (NF)
  125. Leviathan – Thomas Hobbs (NF*)
  126. Empires of Eve – Andrew Groen (F/FN*)
  127. Empires of Eve Volume II – Andrew Groen (F/NF*)
  128. The Green Reich – Drieu Godefridi (NF)
  129. The Diversity Myth – David Saks and Peter Thiel (NF)
  130. The Transhumanist Wager – Zoltan Istvan (F)
  131. Snake Oil – Michael P Senger (NF)
  132. Viral – Alina Chen and Matt Ridley (NF*)
  133. Synthetic Worlds – Eduard Casonovra (NF*)
  134. They Thought They Were Free – Milton Meyer (NF)
  135. Possession – AS Byatt (F*)
  136. Daniel Deronda – George Eliot (F)
  137. Exit, Voice and Loyalty – Hirschman (NF*)
  138. Better to Have Gone – Akash Kapur (NF**)
  139. Maus – Art Spiegelman (F/NF*)
  140. The Storyteller – Dave Grohl (NF)
  141. Habibi – Craig Thompson (F**)
  142. V for Vendetta – Alan Moore (F*)

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