My backlist books challenge for 2021 is coming to end and I wanted to wrap up the challenge by sharing my favorite backlist books for the year.
I read some great books this year. It was hard to narrow it down. When I look back over my list of books read I realized that I read far more fiction this year than I normally do. But I don’t think I am the only one that had a very different reading year this year.
Much of 2021 just felt off and that is reflected in my reading life. Overall though it was a great year for reading.
I learned a lot about my reading life by doing this backlist books challenge and I am so glad that I did it.
Favorite Backlist Books 2021
This book was published in 2010 and has been talked about so much over the years. That is the reason I put off reading it. My backlist books challenge helped me finally pick it up to read. I am so glad I read this one.
The Kitchen House covers tough topics. It is not a light read. It is about life on a plantation in the south during the 1800s. This book made my top books of the year list because I can’t stop thinking about it. I read it in January and I am still talking about this one.
Published in 1934 this is definitely a backlist book. My backlist books challenge got me to finally read an Agatha Christie book and I ended up reading several of them. I love mysteries so I can’t believe that it has taken me so long to read such a classic author.
I had trouble deciding what one was my favorite, but since this is the book that started my love of Agatha Christie I knew it was the one to include on my favorites list. If you have never read Agatha Christie this is a good one to start with.
I loved this story. It is set in the Pacific Northwest which is an area I am very familiar with. However, I did not know a lot about the Japanese internment camps in the U.S. during WWII. If you love WWII historical fiction, I highly recommend this one.
Syria’s Secret Library is a nonfiction book published in 2019 so it is a newer backlist book. This is another book that I can’t stop thinking about. I knew very little about Syria over the last twenty years besides what you hear about in news headlines.
This book shares the story of not only war but a love for books and learning and the sacrifices people will make for it. If you love nonfiction books that share little known stories this is a great one.
I debated on whether or not to include this on my favorites list, but this is another book that I can’t stop thinking and talking about.
This nonfiction book was published in 2017, but it could easily have been published in 2020 or 2021. I told my husband that this should be a must read for high school and college students.
The internet has totally changed what we consider experts, and it hasn’t always changed it for good. The author is a professor at the U.S. Naval War College and he does a great job with this subject.
This nonfiction book published in 2014 shares the story of books during WWII. This is another book that shares a story that I knew nothing about.
Did you know that the U.S. provided millions of books to soldiers during WWII? I didn’t. Since I love books about books and books about WWII this is one that I loved. The book proves that books really do change lives.
I am not sure where I heard about this one, but I loved this fiction story. This book reminds me of the Mitford series.
It follows a doctor as he begins his career in a small rural town. It is the story of the doctor and the town he learns to love. After reading this one I read book two in the series and hope to read the next two books soon.
I started this book right before vacation and was so fascinated by the story that I couldn’t put it down. I ended up taking the book on vacation and as soon as I finished it I handed it to my husband and said he had to read it.
If you remember the news headlines about Chernobyl, but never knew much else about it, this is a good read. It is a tough read about a difficult event in history, but this book is so well written. This one is great for anyone, but it would make a great book for anyone who loves science.
Yes, I am the person that will read about a plague during a pandemic. And not only did I read a book about a plague it made my list of favorites for the year.
This book was a reminder that not much has changed. I have heard people say that a pandemic has never been politicized until 2020 and 2021. Those people don’t know their history. I wish everyone that thinks 2020 and 2021 were unique would read books like this. Nothing has really changed.
Black Death at the Golden Gate was a well-written well-researched read. I will say that I felt like the end was hurried a bit, but besides that, it was a very interesting read.
If you love narrative nonfiction I think you will love this one. It is about spies, the CIA, MI6, the KGB, Russia, the U.S., and Britain, during the Cold War. Once I started this book I could not put it down. It is a true story that reads like fiction. Fascinating and well-written.