2021 Books and Music
I always appreciate perusing others' reading and listening lists this time of year, so without further ado, here is my contribution for 2021:
I set a goal to read 6 books this year and ended up finishing 10!
- Compassion and Conviction - Justin Giboney, Michael Wear, and Chris Butler
- The Common Rule - Justin Whitmel Earley
- Reading While Black - Esau McCaulley
- Orthodoxy - G.K. Chesterton
- Dune - Frank Herbert
- Jayber Crow - Wendell Berry
- The Little Book of Hygge - Meik Wiking
- We Are What We Eat - Alice Waters
- Ultralight - Leo Babauta
- The God of the Garden - Andrew Peterson
I don't know how I went this long without reading Orthodoxy or Dune, but I'm happy to have crossed those two classics off this year! Overall, I tried to balance old and new, fiction and nonfiction, serious and lighthearted. There are some significant parallels in the second half of the list, which I expected. What I didn't expect was the extent to which Berry, Waters, Peterson, and even Wiking (whose book I picked up on a whim at my favorite local bookstore) would reference and interact with each other's work. More on those ideas coming soon in another post!
Musically, I continue to be all over the map. Spotify says I listened to 77 different genres this year, which makes me think they must be pretty narrowly defined. But there have been some clear favorites in my playlists this year, and I'll share a few of those artists here in no particular order:
- Donovan Woods
- The Band Camino
- The Milk Carton Kids
- Ruston Kelly
- Green River Ordinance
- Patrick Droney
- Allman Brown
- Andrew Peterson
- The Collection
- Stephen Kellogg
- Steve Moakler
- David Nail
- Janek Gwizdala
Some of these are artists I've been listening to for a long time but continue to enjoy. Others were new to me this year and were great discoveries! All are worth checking out to see if they suit your taste. If you're a Spotify user, you can find my full top songs list here.
Thank you to all who have followed along in this blog's first year. I'm sincerely grateful for the time you've spent reading and engaging with my words. God willing, there is much more to come in 2022!