This year has been a strange one for reading: lockdowns, a few longer hospital stays, moving across the country and the stress of a new job ate significantly into reading time. However, as the year draws to a close and I look back on what I’ve been reading, here are some of my highlights from 2021. My criteria are a highly complex (read: completely arbitrary), so there’s some books I have here because they have meant a lot to me, and others that have made it onto the list because they are objectively great.