I didn’t quite make it through the entire 2021 list, but was very close. The goal was 34 books, and I got to 33, including one that did not make the official list due to redundancy. Here’s the final book list for 2021:
Just one surplus book this year, so 33 in total. Not bad for me, considering that some of these were quite long and, erm, challenging to finish.
Dominant categories were again female author (18) and new author (17). The list for 2022 is longer again, and I’m looking forward with novelust to new books from Julian Barnes, Amor Towles (from 2021), and Iona Whishaw, and to revisiting more old favourites to see if they stood the test of time. I can say with complete confidence that Michael Ondaatje will not appear on 2022’s list.