The best books I read In 2021
This past year we opened Centered, our online writing community. Centered is structured to guide writers through the creative cycle, and I curated our monthly workshops and gatherings thematically. These themes touch on the beats of story structure and the energy of a year with four seasons.
If you’ve been on my list this year, then you know that I recommended books each month, according to each theme. At the start of the year, I was recommending one book every week (I was feeling sassy in early 2021!). As the year went on, and our collective exhaustion became more and more apparent, I began recommending two books a month. By the end of this year, I selected only one book each month.
What follows is a complete list of all of my recommended reading from 2021.
Note: these books are not new releases; rather, they are talismans and allies that guide us through the different facets of a creative life, and support us as needed in our personal story cycle.
Before you check out the list, I would like to add one more unsolicited recommendation: get yourself a Kobo eReader! I got one this year and I’ve never turned back.
Whether you love reading books on paper or eReader, here is my list of reading recommendations from 2021.
The Best Books I Read In 2021
You can also download the list here.
Books to pick up before and after a nap. Read for recovery.
Titles about friends. Intense and radical support. Chosen family.
Books for major decisions. Support for a long and fruitful journey.
In|Appropriate, by Kim Davids Mandar
Reading to help you when the inspiration dips. It’s harder than it looks. Keep going.
Books that remind you to be amazed. Magic happens.
Books that remind you that it doesn’t have to be so hard.
Books that teach you how to take care of yourself.
Books that show you how to bring your whole self to the project. Pleasure and freedom.
How we pick ourselves up and keep going, without feeling destroyed by the process.
How to access the power of our unconscious. Digging deep.
Read what you wish you could write.
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