Podcast Episode 103: The Best Backlist Books We Read in 2021 with Catherine (@GilmoreGuide)

Best backlist books we read in 2021

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]



2021 Backlist Underrated Gems [44:49]



Other Books Mentioned

About Catherine

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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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