Top 10 Best Books Read in 2021

Top 10 Best Books Read in 2021 December 31, 2021

The following are the top ten best books I’ve read since this time last year–in alphabetical order by the author’s last name because agonizing over a precise order would take all the fun out of remembering these books:

1. One Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race by Yaba Blay

2. Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience by Brené Brown

3. Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman (Also helpful on this topic is At Your Best: How to Get Time, Energy, and Priorities Working in Your Favor by Carey Nieuwhof)

4. Open Borders: The Science and Ethics of Immigration by Bryan Caplan

5. In This Place Together: A Palestinian’s Journey to Collective Liberation by Penina Eilberg-Schwartz with Sulaiman Khatib (2021)

6. The Gatherings: Reimagining Indigenous-Settler Relations by Shirley Hager and Mawopiyane (2021)  

7. We Do This ‘Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice by Mariame Kaba (Another great book along these lines is Abolition for the People: The Movement for a Future without Policing & Prisons, edited by Colin Kaepernick)

8. Climate Courage: How Tackling Climate Change Can Build Community, Transform the Economy, and Bridge the Political Divide in America by Andreas Karelas

9. Racism as Zoological Witchcraft: A Guide to Getting Out by Aph Ko

10. The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love, Second Edition by Sonya Renee Taylor (A good supplement is Your Body Is Not an Apology Workbook: Tools for Living Radical Self-Love)  

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Best Books Read in 2013

Best Books Read in 2012

Best Books Read in 2011

Best Books Read in 2010

The Rev. Dr. Carl Gregg is a certified spiritual director, a D.Min. graduate of San Francisco Theological Seminary, and the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick, Maryland. Follow him on Facebook ( and Twitter (@carlgregg).

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