In Episode 103, Catherine Gilmore (@gilmoreguide) and I share the best backlist books we read in 2021. We each share our top 5 backlist books from 2021, as well as some underrated backlist gems. Catherine and I both had a lot of success in 2021 with backlist reading, and this was especially true for me in comparison to my overall reading for the year.
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- Catherine’s and Sarah’s 2021 backlist reading stats.
- Sarah’s backlist reading has finally matched her pre-podcast days.
- How the Double Booked episodes help them both incorporate more backlist into reading each year.
The Top 5 Backlist Books We Read in 2021 [7:12]
- Caste by Isabel Wilkerson | Buy from Amazon | Bookshop.org [11:18]
- Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha | Buy from Amazon | Bookshop.org [20:37]
- The Prettiest Star by Carter Sickels | Buy from Amazon | Bookshop.org [27:18]
- The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard | Buy from Amazon | Bookshop.org [35:15]
- The Cutting Season by Attica Locke | Buy from Amazon | Bookshop.org [42:07]
- Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener | Buy from Amazon | Bookshop.org [7:17]
- If You Tell by Gregg Olsen | Buy from Amazon | Bookshop.org [14:54]
- Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant | Buy from Amazon | Bookshop.org [23:05]
- Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart | Buy from Amazon | Bookshop.org [29:50]
- Hungry Heart by Jennifer Weiner | Buy from Amazon | Bookshop.org [39:59]
2021 Backlist Underrated Gems [44:49]
- The Deepest South of All by Richard Grant | Buy from Amazon | Bookshop.org [46:45]
- You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz | Buy from Amazon | Bookshop.org [50:44]
- Metropolitan Stories by Christine Coulson | Buy from Amazon | Bookshop.org [45:01]
- The Blue Between Sky and Water by Susan Abulhawa | Buy from Amazon [48:56]
Other Books Mentioned
- Share Your Stuff. I’ll Go First. by Laura Tremaine | Buy from Amazon [12:04]
- We Are Not Like Them by Christine Pride and Jo Piazza | Buy from Amazon [22:19]
- The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai | Buy from Amazon [29:38]
- Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart (April 5) | Buy from Amazon [32:49]
- I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara | Buy from Amazon [37:46]
- Thirteen by Steve Cavanaugh | Buy from Amazon [39:10]
- In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner | Buy from Amazon [40:13]
- Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner | Buy from Amazon [40:14]
- Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke | Buy from Amazon [42:16]
- Heaven, My Home by Attica Locke | Buy from Amazon [42:18]
- Natchez Burning by Greg Iles | Buy from Amazon [48:35]
- Against the Loveless World by Susan Abulhawa | Buy from Amazon [49:06]
- The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz | Buy from Amazon [50:49]
Catherine started The Gilmore Guide to Books over 6 years ago after wrapping up a career as a corporate librarian. She loves books and reading (surprise!) and currently lives in Ann Arbor, MI.
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