What I’m Reading (2021)

One of the occupational hazards of being an English professor (or grad student) is losing the ability or the interest in pleasure reading. We have so much to read as part of our jobs, not just novels and poems or plays, but criticism, essays, memos, emails . . . the act of reading becomes all about work. I have always loved to read, but a while back, I realized that I wasn’t doing it much anymore, only on planes or breaks from school. From then on, I decided to make it a point to read “for fun” every day, even if only for a few minutes before I go to sleep. I’m frequently asked for book recommendations, so a few years ago, I thought I’d start to keep a list. Titles below are books I have read or listened to for fun since January 1, 2021. In other words, none of the books below were read for a class or for research (though they may find their way to a syllabus or a bibliography at some point). Asterisks for my most favorite. Links are Amazon affiliate.

When No One Is Watching (Alyssa Cole, audiobook)

Unsub (Meg Gardiner, audiobook)

Into the Black Nowhere (Meg Gardiner, audiobook)

The Dark Corners of the Night (Meg Gardiner, audiobook)

The Lincoln Lawyer (Michael Connelly, audiobook)

The Brass Verdict (Michael Connelly, audiobook)

The Reversal (Michael Connelly, audiobook)

The Fifth Witness (Michael Connelly, audiobook)

The Gods of Guilt (Michael Connelly, audiobook)

Blood Work (Michael Connelly, audiobook)

The Narrows (Michael Connelly, audiobook)

A Darkness More The Night (Michael Connelly, audiobook)

The Closers (Michael Connelly, audiobook)

Echo Park (Michael Connelly, audiobook)

The Overlook (Michael Connelly, audiobook)

Nine Dragons (Michael Connelly, audiobook)

The Drop (Michael Connelly, audiobook)

The Black Box (Michael Connelly, audiobook)

The Burning Room (Michael Connelly, audiobook)

The Crossing (Michael Connelly, audiobook)

The Wrong Side of Goodbye (Michael Connelly, audiobook)

Dark Sacred Night (Michael Connelly, audiobook)

Two Kinds of Truth (Michael Connelly, audiobook)

The Night Fire (Michael Connelly, audiobook)