As I post this piece, I have read 22 books in 2020. (Thanks to quarantine, I have had more time on my hands).
Most of the books I read were great!
To help guide you in your 2021 reading, I’ve selected 5 books I read this year that I recommend to you.
Year of Yes (Shonda Rhimes)
This was the first book I read this year. After reading it, I was committed to making this my year of yes. Then, well, it didn’t entirely go as planned.
Shonda talks about why she said yes, and how saying yes changed her life.
As you read it, you will also see that saying yes can change your life.
Make 2021 your year of yes ?
This Is Just My Face: Try Not To Stare (Gabourey Sidibe)
Gabourey shares a one-of-a-kind life story in a voice as fresh and challenging as many of the unique characters she’s played onscreen.
The book hits hard with self-knowing dispatches on friendship, depression, celebrity, haters, fashion, race, and weight (“If I could just get the world to see me the way I see myself,” she writes, “would my body still be a thing you walked away thinking about?”). If you have ever felt different or inspired to make a dream come true, this book will resonate with you.
I Can’t Make This Up – Life Lessons (Kevin Hart)
Kevin was born an accident, unwanted by his parents. His father was a drug addict who was in and out of jail. His brother was a crack dealer and petty thief. And his mother was overwhelmingly strict, beating him with belts, frying pans, and his own toys.
The odds, in short, were stacked against him, but he was able to defy the odds and turn it around. In his literary debut, he takes the reader on a journey through what his life was, what it is today, and how he’s overcome each challenge to become the man he is today.
He achieved this not just through hard work, determination, and talent: It was through his unique way of looking at the world. Because just like a book has chapters, Hart sees life as a collection of chapters that each person gets to write for himself or herself.
“Not only do you get to choose how you interpret each chapter, but your interpretation writes the next chapter,” he says. “So why not choose the interpretation that serves your life the best?”
Tuesdays With Morrie (Mitch Albom)
When Mitch was in college, his professor Morrie played a huge role in making him a great student. After college, he lost track of his professor until he saw him on TV. Morrie was slowly dying.
Mitch rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life. Knowing he was dying of ALS he visited Morrie in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final ‘class’: lessons in how to live.
The Sun Does Shine (Anthony Ray Hinton)
In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused, and only twenty-nine years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence and ultimately set him free.
But with no money and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution. He spent his first three years on Death Row at Holman State Prison in agonizing silence—full of despair and anger toward all those who had sent an innocent man to his death. But as Hinton realized and accepted his fate, he resolved not only to survive but find a way to live on Death Row. For the next twenty-seven years, he was a beacon—transforming not only his own spirit but those of his fellow inmates, fifty-four of whom were executed mere feet from his cell. With the help of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, Hinton won his release in 2015.
This is a story of hope, love, and justice.
Which books are at the top of your reading list in 2021?
See You Soon!