Reading List 2021

Since 2015, it has been my goal to read one book each week, or 52 books total, per year. To date, I’ve only achieved that goal once since its inception, but that’s not really the point. The exercise is just a way to keep myself reading, whether that means one book a week, or one book a month.

Generally, I don’t give myself any firm direction in what topics I should be reading – just that I should read. However, this year, I’ve decided to try something different. Instead of starting with a blank slate and reading whatever suits my fancy, I’m going to tackle the giant stack of never-been-read books that live on my home bookshelf. As it turns out, there are 55 unread books currently sitting in my home. This of course does not count the unread e-books currently on my Kindle – let’s just ignore that for now, shall we?

Without any further ado, here’s my assigned reading list for 2021, in alphabetical order. As I read them, I’ll add a number before the title to indicate order read, as well as insert a URL for each title, so that interested readers can find out more:

All the Wild HungersKaren Babine
The Artist’s WayJulia Cameron
Backpacking with the SaintsBelden C. Lane
Bessie the Edible Dormouse Gets DownDylan Moran
Beyond the WallEdward Abbey
Big Dead PlaceNicholas Johnson
2. The Burning HotelsThomas Lampion
Cactus CountryEdward Abbey
Chopsticks Only Work In PairsShanshan Du
Colors of the MountainDa Chen
Come As You AreEmily Nagoski
Compendium of WitchesNatasa Ilincic
Complete MetalsmithTim McCreight
Dr. CosmosDylan Moran
Drawings from the GulagDanzig Baldaev
EducatedTara Westover
EinsteinWalter Isaacson
Fools and MortalsBernard Cornwell
Fortress Churches of the LanguedocSheila Bonde
Fourth Ghost BookJames Turner
Freakout in Triple TimeDylan Moran
Geography of WitchcraftMontague Summers
Hayduke Lives!Edward Abbey
The Hundred Foot JourneyRichard C. Morais
Inner Temple of WitchcraftChristopher Penczak
Klaus DowntownDylan Moran
Medieval MiscellanyJudith Herrin
MeditationsMarcus Aurelius
Memoirs and MisinformationJim Carrey
Memoirs of a Spiritual OutsiderSuzanne Clores
MermaidsPaula Guran
Mist-Filled PathFrank MacEowen
Notre Dame de Chartres
On WritingStephen King
The Outermost HouseHenry Beston
Pig At Furisio’sDylan Moran
Pig Gets A Quadruple BypassDylan Moran
Plant Spirit ShamanismRoss Heaven
1. Post COVIDDaniel Whitfield
QuattrocentoJames McKean
Road FeverTim Cahill
Roughing it in the BushSusanna Moodie
Sacred SmokeHarvest McCampbell
SaintsElizabeth Hallam
The Seven Storey MountainThomas Merton
SolitudeRobert Kull
St. Stephan’s Cathedral in ViennaReinhard H. Gruber
Start Where You ArePema Chodron
The TravelerJames Meikle
Village of a Million SpiritsIan Macmillan
Voodoo in New OrleansRobert Tallant
When the Chocolate Runs OutLama Yeshe
The White AlbumJoan Didion
The White TigerAravind Adiga

Want to know what I’ve read since 2015? If you’re interested (or just incredibly bored) you can find those old lists here: