As usual, I have begun my year with some of the "best" books from the year before which I had not read yet. I do this every year; I even have a category for it in my year end person best list. From 2021's final post:
Best Book From 2020 Best Lists That I Read in 2021: Caste: The Origin of our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson [thought provoking, engrossing, conversational and well researched]
Why do I do this? Because there are always books I miss. No one can know about and or read every book. As the year end best lists start coming out, I have a chance to digest all of the titles that might interest me, and then I flag a few to read early in the year. For me it is a great way to start the year off with some titles I may have missed, but which are still a great read.
In the case of the first book in the list below, I even used one of the resources I had been posting about [here] to identify a title to try, and it was my favorite of the three I read!
Doing this is fun for me, but it is also a reminder to myself that a good read is a good read, no matter when it came out or when I encountered it. I love starting the year off so intentionally and with a focus on capturing the joy of reading. Also, since most of my reading is assigned for review, I relish the chance to read for just me. It might not be your thing, but I thought sharing why these were my first reads would be as helpful as the reviews themselves.
Below are the titles of those three books, the "three words" I noted, the format I read, and a link to my detailed, appeal based, Goodreads review.