6 Best Books of 2021


I love reading books from a wide range of subject matter. A few years ago, I left most of my books behind in Canada when I returned to the US. I had already read those books; why keep carrying them around like a (heavy) trophy? In 2016, I expanded my reading and started including much more fiction and memoir. Oh my, how my life has grown!



The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

by Jan-Philipp Sendker


This book was originally translated from German to English, even though the story takes place in a small remote village called Kalaw. There is a translucent, airy tone that conveys the Eastern mysticism that influences the story. Read my full review HERE.







Klara and the Sun

By Kazuo Ishiguro


This story, written by Kazuo Ishiguro, is none other than masterful. The story's setting is semi-dystopian, written in a simple yet complicated stroke of genius. As you read the final chapter, your heart will skip a beat as you discover the ultimate sacrifice the AI made for the human she loved. Read my full review HERE.






Hunger A Memoir of (My) Body

By Roxane Gay


This book is loaded with wisdom, wrapped up in poetic prose, with authentic clarity; you will wish you knew yourself as well. The physical weight she helps shines a light on the emotional trauma she has been carrying for most of her life. Read my full review HERE.








The Road to Joy: Eight Pathways of Psychospiritual Transformation

By Kevin P. McClone


Each chapter is dedicated to a pathway the author describes as a step towards joy. Every chapter is filled with nuggets of wisdom and introspection for the reader to consider. The third pathway, Embracing Healthy Intimacy, is, in my opinion, solid gold. He discusses why men have a hard time having "intimate" relationships with one another," which forces them to be vulnerable.

Read my full review HERE.





Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible

by E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O'Brien


This book is a fine example of how academia and easy-to-understand lay language can create a vital dialogue. Both authors, Richards, and O'Brien, share difficult passages of scripture through a modern lens for the reader to appreciate. Read my full review HERE.




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