2021 in books – November round up

As the end of the year is approaching, I started the process of reflecting what 2021 meant to me. A proper and throughout blog article will come in mid December. However, I have so much to tell that I decided to post a series of articles to reflect on different aspects of my life, professional and personal growth. DISCLAIMER: The article does not contain affiliated links, photos, views and unpopular opinions are my own!

This year has been the year of reading. I’ve read more books in 2021 that ever before. As the year started with another endless lockdown, 5 months locked up in the house were no joke, books kept me company.

Sunday reading

I found joy and calmness in reading and noticed that it did help with my anxiety and sleeping better. Reading is in fact a form of meditation so it’s no surprise that it’s beneficial to stress and anxiety management! Of course, with my full-time job and the other million things I do, people might wonder how/when I find the time. Setting 1h for reading every day is a habit and became part of my routine, so I do it effortlessly. I usually read at night after 8pm and basically the entire day on weekends.

Image how much time you can save by simply stop scrolling feeds or watching useless TV shows!

My own

In terms of authors, the revelation of this year was Margaret Atwood. I love all her books, her writing style is excellent and the way she describes feelings and emotions is so real that it makes you feel part of the book. She’s as close as all the classic Italian authors I read during my teens, she put into historical context every book and I appreciate all the references to books and authors of the past. It’s a mature and adult reading of course and, to use her own words, young folks might not get it as “they haven’t yet learned life through experience”

The Testaments

I have read the Handmaid’s tale twice, bought Alas Grace and The Blind Assassin and I’m planning on buying the entire bibliography.

Another outstanding author, take note if you had enough of white men perspectives, was Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I only managed to “read” Half of a Yellow Sun and I thought it was a masterpiece. I actually listened to the audiobook which made the experience a million times better because it was narrated in Nigerian accent. The non-white author perspective, the way events, relationships, feelings and emotions are delivered were such deep and insightful and pretty much what I expect from an award-winning book! I only read positive reviews about this author and, time permitting, I do want to go through more audiobooks as they’re all available on Scridb.

Recommend books for those dealing with inner trauma or want to know more about life with mental illness: My Dark Vanessa and Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine. Vanessa was sexually abused by her professor in school and 10 years later, she still lives the manipulation and gaslighting of that time. She’s unable to take ownership of her own life and put the toxic relationship to an end. Eleanor is an orphan who despite a traumatic childhood, managed to get a degree and find a job as an accountant. What people perceive weird about her, it’s just the life of a person living with depression. The book is a sarcastic and hilarious overview on what society perceives as “normal”.

Reading at Walmer Garden

I conclude my review article with a book I was gifted by the author Dr. Cassandra Quave, The plant Hunter. It’s a beautiful autobiography of how the author made the most of her disability and achieved her true potential through science. She almost died of an infection at a very young age and this encouraged her to discover more about the world of bacteria. The part I enjoyed the most was the uplifting and empowering message of following your dreams no matter how your life conditions can put you a lot of steps behind with respect to your peers. Ultimately, once you have a certain level of privilege, you’re in full power and control to change your own destiny!

Gifted by the author

The plant Hunter was the only biography and women power book I read this year. One of my objectives of the year was to read more fiction and stuff that nothing to do with white feminism or women in science. I think I was narrowing down my perspective too much being surrounded by people who belong to the same circles and think alike. It was a great decision because social media, which I’m sure everyone appreciate I use a lot, is the opposite of diversity of thought and I was desperately in need to broaden my horizon.

If you’re interested in all my reviews and books, I made a profile on goodreads. I added all the books I read since I was a teenager including those in Italian. I gave honest reviews according to my liking and what I’d like to see in a book. I started the profile, not because I need a new platform, rather I was pissed off with the mob thinking and group mentality of #bookstagram. All I see, mostly through my explore page, are a bunch of teenagers who know nothing about life and review a book as “amazing” just because it’s the latest trend to follow. Enough of unpopular opinions, not sure why people still follow me, one day I might become so unpopular that I’ll regret speaking up my mind so much! Goodbye πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

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