Books read in 2021

January
Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics (Stephen Greenblatt; 2018. Non-fiction.) RFS
The Mirror and the Light (Hilary Mantel; 2020. Fiction.) RFS
This Is Your Time (Ruby Nell Bridges; 2020. Non-fiction.) LIB
Paul Robeson (Phillip Hayes Dean; 1978. Drama.) RFS
Do the Work (Steven Pressfield; 2011. Non-fiction.) RFS
The Scientific Method of Practicing (Timothy Hagen; 2020. Non-fiction.) RFS
The Tyranny of Merit (Michael J. Sandel; 2014. Non-fiction.) RFS
One of the Good Ones (Maika and Maritza Moulite; 2021. Fiction.) ATY
The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1: The Apocalypse Suite (Gerard Way; 2008. Graphic fiction.) LIB
The War of Art (Steven Pressfield; 2002. Non-fiction.) RFS
What Is Populism? (Jan-Werner Müller; 2014. Non-fiction.) ATY
Edward III (William Shakespeare; 1596. Drama.) RFS *
The Two Gentlemen of Verona (William Shakespeare; 1593. Drama.) RFS *
The Taming of the Shrew (William Shakespeare; 1590. Drama.) RFS *
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China (Jung Chang; 1991. Non-fiction.) RFS
Front Row at the Trump Show (Jonathan Karl; 2020. Non-fiction.) ATY
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald; 1925. Fiction.) RFS *
The War on Normal People (Andrew Yang; 2019. Non-fiction.) RFS
Richard II (William Shakespeare; 1595. Drama.) RFS *
So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures (Maureen Corrigan; 2014. Non-fiction.) RFS
Titus Andronicus (William Shakespeare; 1594. Drama.) RFS *
Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authority (Anne Applebaum; 2020. Non-fiction.) RFS
Culture Warlords: My Journey into the Dark Web of White Supremacy (Talia Levin; 2020. Non-fiction.) RFS
The Big Sleep (Raymond Chandler; 1939. Fiction.) RFS
The Comedy of Errors (William Shakespeare; 1594. Drama.) RFS *

February
The Colony: The Harrowing True Story of the Exiles of Molokai (John Tayman; 2006. Non-fiction.) RFS
Herakles (Euripides; 416 B.C. (Trans. R. Potter.) Drama.) ATY
The Old Guard, Book Two: Force Multiplied (Greg Rucka; 2020. Graphic fiction.) LIB
Henry IV, Part I (William Shakespeare; 1597. Drama.) RFS *
Parable of the Talents (Octavia Butler; 1998. Fiction.) RFS
Lost in Thought: The Hidden Pleasures of an Intellectual Life (Zina Hitz; 2020. Non-fiction.) RFS
Henry IV, Part II (William Shakespeare; 1599. Drama.) RFS *
Hell Hath No Fury (Bryna Taubman; 1992. Non-fiction.) ATY
There There (Tommy Orange; 2018. Fiction.) RFS
Falstaff: Give Me Life (Harold Bloom; 1992. Non-fiction.) RFS
Henry V (William Shakespeare; 1599. Drama.) RFS *
The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexander Dumas; 1844. Fiction.) RFS
Macbeth (William Shakespeare; 1606. Drama.) RFS *
My Man Jeeves (P.G. Wodehouse; 1919. Fiction.) RFS *
Macbeth: A Dagger of the Mind (Harold Bloom; 2019. Non-fiction.) ATY
The Merry Wives of Windsor (William Shakespeare; 1597. Drama.) RFS *
Hope Rides Again (Andrew Schaffer; 2019. Fiction.) RFS *
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Jules Verne; 1871. Fiction.) RFS *
Kindred (Octavia Butler; 1979. Fiction.) RFS

March
Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times (Katherine May; 2020. Fiction.) RFS
We Run the Tides (Vendela Vida; 2021. Fiction.) LIB
Olive Kitteridge (Elizabeth Strout; 2008. Fiction.) RFS *
Ice (Anna Kavan; 1967. Fiction.) RFS
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Sherman Alexie; 2007. Fiction.) RFS
Octavia Butler’s Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation (Damian Duffy; 2017. Fiction.) LIB
The Memory Police (Yoko Ogawa; 2019 (1994). Fiction.) RFS
Love’s Labour’s Lost (William Shakespeare; 1598. Drama.) RFS *
Romeo and Juliet (William Shakespeare; 1597. Drama.) RFS *
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (William Shakespeare; 1596. Drama.) RFS *
Olive, Again (Elizabeth Strout; 2019. Fiction.) RFS
Pursuit (Joyce Carol Oates; 2019. Fiction.) RFS
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (Kate DiCamillo; 2006. Fiction.) LIB
Drawing Lines: An Anthology of Women Cartoonists (2021. (First published in 2006, as Sexy Chix.) Graphic fiction.) LIB
Being Logical: A Guide to Good Thinking (D.Q. McInerny May; 2004. Non-fiction.) RFS

April
The (Other) You (Joyce Carol Oates; 2021. Fiction.) ATY
The Mouse and His Child (Russell Hoban; 1967. Fiction.) RFS
Elegy for Mary Turner (Rachel Marie-Crane Williams; 2021. Graphic non-fiction.) LIB
The Dog Stars (Peter Heller; 2012. Fiction.) RFS
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (J.K. Rowling; 1999. Fiction.) RFS *
The Glass Hotel (Emily St. John Mandel; 2020. Fiction.) RFS
The Gospel According to Jesus: A New Translation and Guide to His Essential Teachings for Believers and Unbelievers (Stephen Mitchell; 1993. Non-fiction.) RFS
War Music: An Account of Homer’s Iliad (Christopher Logue; 2015. Poetry.) RFS
Let the Lord Sort Them; The Rise and Fall of the Death Penalty (Maurice Chammah; 2021. Non-fiction.) ATY
The Talented Mr. Ripley (Patricia Highsmith; 1955. Fiction.) RFS *
Your Still Beating Heart (Tyler Keevil; 2020. Fiction.) ATY
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (J.K. Rowling; 2000. Fiction.) RFS *
Measure for Measure (William Shakespeare; 1604. Drama.) RFS *
The Burning Girl (Claire Messud; 2017. Fiction.) RFS
Henry VI, Part One (William Shakespeare; 1591. Drama.) RFS *
Henry VI, Part Two (William Shakespeare; 1591. Drama.) RFS *

May
Henry VI, Part Three (William Shakespeare; 1591. Drama.) RFS *
The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoevsky; 1880. (Trans. Constance Garnett.) Fiction.) ATY
Gideon Falls, Vol. 6: The End (Jeff Lemire; 2021. Graphic fiction.) OTH
A Swim in a Pond in the Rain (George Saunders; 2021. Non-fiction.) ATY
The Collector of Hearts (Joyce Carol Oates; 1998. Fiction.) RFS
Julius Caesar (William Shakespeare; 1599. Drama.) RFS *
Meditations (Marcus Aurelius; 180 A.D. (Trans. Gregory Hays.) Non-fiction.) RFS
The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip (George Saunders; 2000. Fiction.) LIB
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (J.K. Rowling; 2003. Fiction.) RFS *
The Woman Upstairs (Claire Messud; 2013. Fiction.) RFS
Coriolanus (William Shakespeare; 1605. Drama.) RFS *
Imagine Wanting Only This (Kristen Radtke; 2017. Graphic non-fiction.) LIB
Stag’s Leap (Sharon Olds; 2012. Poetry.) RFS
The Brutal Telling (Louise Penny; 2009. Fiction.) RFS
Drawn to Berlin: Comic Workshops in Refugee Shelters and Other Stories from a New Europe (Ali Fitzgerald; 2018. Graphic non-fiction.) LIB
The Last (Hanna Jameson; 2019. Fiction.) LIB
Richard III (William Shakespeare; 1594. Drama.) RFS *
To the Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf; 1927. Fiction.) RFS
The Book Tour (Andi Watson; 2019. Graphic fiction.) LIB

June
Know My Name: A Memoir (Chanel Miller; 2019. Non-fiction.) ATY
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (J.K. Rowling; 2005. Fiction.) RFS *
The Goshawk (T.H. White; 1951. Non-fiction.) RFS
Leave the World Behind (Rumaan Alam; 2020. Fiction.) ATY
Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison; 1952. Fiction.) RFS
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (J.K. Rowling; 2007. Fiction.) RFS *
Titanic: Scenes from the British Wreck Commissioner’s Inquiry, 1912 (Owen McCafferty; 2012. Drama.) RFS
Much Ado about Nothing (William Shakespeare; 1599. Drama.) RFS *
The Merchant of Venice (William Shakespeare; 1599. Drama.) RFS *
Chicago Poems (Carl Sandburg; 1916. Poetry.) RFS
The Jungle (Upton Sinclair; 1906. Fiction.) RFS
King John (William Shakespeare; 1595. Drama.) RFS *
The Jungle (Kristina Gehrmann; 2019. Graphic fiction.) RFS
Outcast, Vol. 8: The Merged (Kirkman and Azaceta; 2021. Graphic fiction.) OTH
Saint X (Alexis Schaitkin; 2020. Fiction.) RFS
The Secret to Superhuman Strength (Alison Bechdel; 2021. Graphic non-fiction.) ATY

July
Hawking (Ottaviani and Myrick; 2019. Graphic non-fiction.) ATY
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (J.K. Rowling; 2001. Fiction.) RFS *
As You Like It (William Shakespeare; 1599. Drama.) RFS *
Family Tree, Vol. 3: Forest (Jeff Lemire; 2021. Graphic fiction.) LIB
Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic (Sam Quinones; 2015. Non-fiction.) RFS
The Trojan Women (Euripides): A Comic (Anne Carson; 2021. Graphic fiction.) LIB
Fox 8 (George Saunders; 2015. Fiction.) LIB
Bury Your Dead (Louise Penny; 2010. Fiction.) RFS
The Hummingbirds’ Gift: Wonder, Beauty, and Renewal on Wings (Sy Montgomery; 2021. Non-fiction.) LIB
How to Think Like Shakespeare: Lessons from a Renaissance Education (Scott Newstok; 2020. Non-fiction.) RFS
Hamlet (William Shakespeare; 1601. Drama.) RFS *
Trojan Women (Euripides; 415 B.C. (Trans. E. P. Coleridge.) Drama.) ATY
Antigone (Sophocles; 441 B.C. (Trans. Don Taylor.) Drama.) ATY
Home Fire (Kamila Shamsie; 2017. Fiction.) RFS
Postcard Poems (Jeanne Griggs; 2021. Poetry.) ATY
Hamnet (Maggie O’Farrell; 2020. Fiction.) RFS
The Dead Fathers Club (Matt Haig; 2006. Fiction.) RFS
Breaking and Entering: The Extraordinary Story of a Hacker Called “Alien” (Jeremy N. Smith; 2019. Non-fiction.) RFS

August
The House in the Cerulean Sea (TJ Klune; 2020. Fiction.) ATY
Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-Click America (Alec MacGillis; 2021. Non-fiction.) ATY
Witch-Hunt: Mysteries of the Salem Witch Trials (Marc Aronson; 2003. Non-fiction.) RFS
Odessa (Jonathan Hill; 2020. Graphic fiction.) LIB
The Hard Tomorrow (Eleanor Davis; 2019. Graphic fiction.) LIB
Gilead (Marilynne Robinson; 2004. Fiction.) RFS
The Turnout (Megan Abbott; 2021. Fiction.) ATY
A Trick of the Light (Louise Penny; 2011. Fiction.) ATY
Medea (Euripides; 431 B.C. (Trans. D. Raynor.) Drama.)
Twelfth Night (William Shakespeare; 1601. Drama.) RFS *
Sweet Tooth: The Return (Jeff Lemire; 2021. Graphic fiction.) ATY
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives (Dashka Slater; 2017. Non-fiction.) ATY
Middlemarch (George Eliot; 1871. Fiction.) RFS *
My Life in Middlemarch (Rebecca Mead; 2014. Non-fiction.) RFS
Seek You: A Journey through American Loneliness (Kristen Radtke; 2021. Graphic non-fiction.) LIB
Troilus and Cressida (William Shakespeare; 1602. Drama.) RFS *
The Plot (Jean Hanff Korelitz; 2021. Fiction.) ATY

September
It’s Not What You Thought It Would Be (Lizzy Stewart; 2021. Graphic fiction.) LIB
Candide (Voltaire; 1759. (Trans. John Butt; 1947.) Fiction.)
Green Shadows, White Whale (Ray Bradbury; 1992. Fiction.) RFS
Othello (William Shakespeare; 1603. Drama.) RFS *
The Taste of Sugar (Marisel Vega; 2020. Fiction.) ATY
Timon of Athens (William Shakespeare; 1606. Drama.) RFS *
Dream Girl (Laura Lippman; 2021. Fiction.) LIB
Clouds (Aristophanes; 423 B.C. (Trans. I. Johnston.) Drama.) ATY
The Beautiful Mystery (Louise Penny; 2012. Fiction.) LIB
Migrations (Charlotte McConaghy; 2020. Fiction.) RFS
Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals (Oliver Burkeman; 2021. Non-fiction.) LIB
How the Light Gets In (Louise Penny; 2013. Fiction.) LIB
The Debt Trap: How Student Loans Became a National Catastrophe (Josh Mitchell; 2021. Non-fiction.) LIB
Antony and Cleopatra (William Shakespeare; 1607. Drama.) RFS *
The House on Mango Street (Sandra Cisneros; 1984. Fiction.) RFS

October
Chicago’s Great Fire: The Destruction and Resurrection of an Iconic American City (Carl Smith; 2020. Non-fiction.) ATY
The Undocumented Americans (Karla Cornejo Villavicencio; 2020. Non-fiction.) ATY
The Complete Tales (Beatrix Potter; 2002 edition. Fiction.) RFS
The Two Noble Kinsmen (William Shakespeare; 1612. Drama.) RFS *
The Ravine: A Family, a Photograph, a Holocaust Massacre Revealed (Wendy Lower; 2021. Non-fiction.) LIB
The Long Way Home (Louise Penny; 2014. Fiction.) LIB
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (Kurt Vonnegut; 1965. Fiction.) RFS *
The Push (Ashley Audrain; 2021. Fiction.) LIB
The Nature of the Beast (Louise Penny; 2015. Fiction.) LIB
The Optician of Lampedusa (Emma-Jane Kirby; 2016. Fiction.) ATY
Henry VIII (William Shakespeare; 1613. Drama.) RFS *
Pericles (William Shakespeare; 1609. Drama.) RFS *
The Great Reckoning (Louise Penny; 2016. Fiction.) LIB
Madame Bovary (Gustave Flaubert; 1857. (Trans. Lydia Davis; 2010.) Fiction.) RFS *

November
The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War (Louis Menand; 2021. Non-fiction.) ATY
Glass Houses (Louise Penny; 2017. Fiction.) LIB
Ascender, Vol. 4: Star Seed (Jeff Lemire; 2021. Graphic fiction.) LIB
Oedipus Trilogy: New Versions of Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone (Trans. Bryan Doerries; 2021. Drama.) ATY
Cymbeline (William Shakespeare; 1608. Drama.) RFS *
All’s Well That Ends Well (William Shakespeare; 1608. Drama.) RFS *
The Power and the Glory (Graham Greene; 1940. Fiction.) ATY
Franci’s War: A Woman’s Story of Survival (Franci Rabinek Epstein; 2020. Non-fiction.) LIB
Faust (Goethe; 1808 (Trans. Margaret Kirby; 2015.) Drama.) ATY
What Happened to Paula: On the Death of an American Girl (Katherine Dykstra; 2021. Non-fiction.) ATY
The Mayor of Casterbridge (Thomas Hardy; 1886. Fiction.) ATY
The Inferno of Dante (Dante Alighieri; 1320. (Trans. Robert Pinsky; 1995.) Poetry.) RFS
Kingdom of the Blind (Louise Penny; 2018. Fiction.) LIB
Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature (Linda Lear; 2007. Non-fiction.) RFS
The Winter’s Tale (William Shakespeare; 1610. Drama.) RFS *
The Death of Vivek Oji (Akwaeke Emezi; 2020. Fiction.) ATY
The Tempest (William Shakespeare; 1610. Drama.) RFS *
King Lear (William Shakespeare; 1606. Drama.) RFS *

December
Tolstoy Together: 85 Days of War and Peace (Yiyun Li; 2021. Non-fiction.) ATY
War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy; 1869. Fiction.) RFS *
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Unknown; 14th century. (Trans. J.R.R. Tolkien; 1975.) Poetry.) RFS

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ATY Acquired this year
LIB Borrowed from library (including Hoopla and Overdrive)
OTH Other
RFS Read from shelves

* Denotes a reread