What I read in 2021

This year I started to use The Story Graph to keep track of what I read, and I cannot recommend it enough. It’s a really, really good Goodreads alternative since it does a lot of the same things but more user friendly (and not owned by Amazon.) I don’t really engage in all of the reviews, ratings, challenges, or social parts, but it’s a great way to keep track of books I read, want to read, and am currently in the middle of reading. All of the basic features are free, so it’s definitely worth it! Anyways, in no particular order here’s what I read in 2021.


The Borrowed” by Chan Ho-Kei

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows” by Balli Kaur Jaswal

New Suns” edited by Nisi Shawl

She Who Became the Sun” by Shelley Parker-Chan

Ring Shout” by P. Djèlí Clark

The Ex Talk” by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Native Speaker” by Chang-rae Lee

The Interpreter” by Suki Kim

Through the Arc of the Rain Forest” by Karen Tei Yamashita

Arsenic and Adobo” by Mia P. Manansala

We Ride Upon Sticks” by Quan Barry

Jade Legacy” by Fonda Lee

Just Above My Head” by James Baldwin


The Drama of Celebrity” by Sharon Marcus

Dear Girls” by Ali Wong

Cosplay World” by Brian Ashcraft & Luke Plunkett

Goodbye Again” by Jonny Sun

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Craft in the Real World” by Matthew Salesses

The Woman Warrior” by Maxine Hong Kingston

Know My Name” by Chanel Miller

Good Talk” by Mira Jacob

Because Internet” by Gretchen McCulloch

Crying in H Mart” by Michelle Zauner

Middle Grade

Temple Alley Summer” by Sachiko Kashiwaba

Bamboo Kingdom” by Erin Hunter

Young Adult

This Time Will Be Different” by Misa Sugiura

Iron Widow” by Xiran Jay Zhao

Inheritance Games” by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Tokyo Ever After” Emiko Jean

Graphic Novel

Weeaboo” by Alissa M. Sallah

The Curie Society” by Heather Einhorn & Adam Staffaroni

Snapdragon” by Kat Leyh

Seekers of the Aweto: The Hunt is On” by Nie Jun

The Legend of Auntie Po” by Shing Yin Khor

All of these can be ordered (or pre-ordered) at your local library, independent bookstore or Bookshop.org; audiobooks are available at your local library or Libro.fm.

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