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for 2021, my reading list includes two things:

  • a 3-word description of each book
  • a cross-training “workout” (a related book, article or blog post, movie, TV show, podcast, product, recipe, or even a swim workout)

reading list by month

january

  • 1. A Tree Grows In Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
    family, ingenuity, progress
    cross-training: A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L’Engle)
  • 2. The Operator (Gretchen Berg)
    secretive, unexpected, atmospheric
    cross-training: Mad Men TV series
  • 3. Ready Player Two (Ernest Cline)
    sentimental, digital, slow-starter
    cross-training: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
  • 4. Writers & Lovers (Lily King)
    sensitive, single-chapter, crescendo
    cross-training: Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
  • 5. Why We Swim (Bonnie Tsui)
    familiar, storytelling, collective
    cross-training: Charles Tomlinson’s poem, “Swimming Chenango Lake”

february

  • 6. The Library Book (Susan Orlean)
    nostalgic, puzzling, journalistic
    cross-training: The Giver of Stars (Jojo Moyes)

  • 7. All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr)
    captivating, detailed, beautiful
    cross-training: The Nightingale (Kristin Hannah)
  • 8. The Sun is a Compass (Caroline Van Hemert)
    expansive, resilient, adventure
    cross-training: the Banff Mountain Film Festival

march

  • 9. The Thursday Murder Club (Richard Osman)
    meddling, funny, warm
    cross-training: Murder, She Wrote TV series
  • 10. On Writing (Stephen King)
    dedicated, pragmatic, fangirl (me)
    cross-training: The War of Art (Steven Pressfield)
  • 11. Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
    lengthy, significant, expressive
    cross-training: The Girl with the Louding Voice (Abi Daré)
  • 12. Without Reservations (Alice Steinbach)
    good-natured, introspective, confident
    cross-training: Wild (Cheryl Strayed)
  • 13. Nathaniel’s Nutmeg (Giles Milton)
    risky, competitive, explorative
    cross-training: Pirates of the Caribbean (2003)

april

  • 14. Daisy Jones and the Six (Taylor Jenkins Reid)
    compulsive, rock and roll, mockumentary
    cross-training: A Star is Born (2018)