My 2021 in Books

On the table lies a leather bag with books I read in 2021 spilling out
Some of the books I read this year

It’s becoming a yearly tradition to post some kind of bookish meme at the end of the year on my blog. It’s always a fun and relatively quick post to make, and this year I was inspired by the wonderful Lisa Hill from ANZ LitLovers LibBlog. It goes like this: you have to answer the questions using only books that you have read in 2021.

For me 2021 was a year in which I discovered some new authors thanks to a modern Russian literature book club that I joined, in which I let myself be inspired by Book Twitter, but also re-read some old favourites. Here we go:

In high school I was – Subtly Worded by Teffi

People might be surprised by – Grey Bees by Andrey Kurkov

I will never be – The True Deceiver by Tove Jansson

My life in lockdown was like – Just the Plague by Ludmila Ulitskaya

My fantasy job is – Creating Anna Karenina by Bob Blaisdell

I hate being – Dracula’s Guest by Bram Stoker

At the end of a long day I need – Russian Magic Tales from Pushkin to Platonov

Wish I had (been) – A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov

My family reunions are – In Memory of Memory by Maria Stepanova

At a party you’d find me with – The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky 

I’ve never been to – Sakhalin Island by Anton Chekhov

A happy day includes – Happy Half Hours by A.A. Milne

Motto I live by – Rock, Paper, Scissors by Maxim Osipov

On my bucket list is (a journey to) – Other Worlds by Teffi

In my next life I want to have – The New Adventures of Helen by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya


Text and photo © Elisabeth van der Meer 2021


27 thoughts on “My 2021 in Books

  1. Oh Liz – that is the story of my life when it comes to books. They are my shiny things that at first whisper from my book shelf – read me and then a little louder and louder until I hear a lovely choir of books singing – READ ME! I’m so glad that books can sing!!

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  2. Elisabeth — So you read Chekhov’s “Sakhalin Island”? Great! The edition I have and read is titled “The Island: A Journey to Sakhalin” (Washington Square Press, 1967), translated by Luba and Michael Terpak. A treasured book of mine.

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  3. I made up my own sentence! After all, its a new year! I found an excellent quote by Fyodor Dostoyevsky about Leo Tolstoy. “An artist must know the reality he is depicting in its minutest detail. In my opinion we have only one shining example of that – Count Leo Tolstoy.” I continue to learn and learn and learn!

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