2021 Book Challenge


For the 5th year in a row, my dad and I are embarking on the Popsugar reading challenge. It’s been a fairly slow start to the year what with one thing and another, but here’s a few I’ve read so far.

Book 1: The Survivors, by Jane Harper

Category: A book published in 2021

I love this author. Her first book The Dry was AMAZING and has just been made into a movie. I didn’t love Force of Nature, her second book, but her third The Lost Man and this one were both also excellent. They are proper, gripping, page turners. There is almost always a murder or suspected murder and a whodunnit style exploration of a small town and it’s inhabitants, who all seem to have secrets and motives etc. They are quintessentially Australian and the scenery and setting is vividly pictured.

This was technically released in Australia in 2020, but is not released in the UK until later in Jan 2021 so I’m counting it. My friend in Oz sent it to me as a Christmas present so I was able to read it before it’s even released here, and I literally raced through it in 2 days. A strong start to the year!

Book 2: The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas

Category: A book about a social justice issue

This was ok – an interesting insight into gang culture and being black in America, but overall it wasn’t terribly well-written, and I found it hard to stick with it.

Book 3: Does anybody else look like me? A parent’s guide to raising multiracial children, by Donna Jackson Nakazawa

Category: A book about a subject you are passionate about

This was an interesting look at mixed-race identity and well-researched, though once again showed mainly American cultural viewpoints, like many of these type of books.

Book 4: Where the crawdads sing, by Delia Owens

Category: A book set mostly or entirely outdoors

This was lovely and fascinating and I raced through it in a couple of days. Very sad in places, and not only a wonderful narrative woven across the years, with a whodunnit murder thrown in. but also a very powerful and accurate depiction of what abandonment can do to a child and how attachment issues can continue into adulthood, manifesting as difficulties trusting others.

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