the 12 best books i read in 2021 (and i read 164)

  • Published on Jan 11, 2022
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    these are my top top top books of the year (links below) out of the 164 that i read in 2021, as well as a quote from each one to give you a little teaser!!

    ✏️ hamnet by maggie o'farrell:
    ✏️ loveless by alice oseman:
    ✏️ open water by caleb azumah nelson:
    ✏️ no-one is talking about this by patricia lockwood:
    ✏️ piranesi by susanna clarke:
    ✏️ the vanishing half by britt bennett:
    ✏️ before the coffee gets cold by toshikazu kawaguchi:
    ✏️ beautiful world, where are you? by sally rooney:
    ✏️ song of achilles by madeline miller:
    ✏️ a little life by hanya yanagihara:
    ✏️ seven husbands of evelyn hugo by taylor jenkins reid:
    ✏️ the housekeeper and the professor by yoko ogawa:

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Comments • 1 017

  • Dark
    Dark 19 hours ago +2

    He fills in the void of not being a bookclub.

  • Frncs Crwfrd
    Frncs Crwfrd 19 hours ago +974

    I never thought I’d get into reading until I started watching Jack, I always thought my dyslexia held me back. But now I’ve read four books already this year and I’ve loved them all

  • オリーン in 不思議の国

    glad to know you enjoyed reading many japanese literature! i would recommend you reading "no longer human" by osamu dazai. it's a book about a boy/man who has always felt alienated in the society and the exploration of human emotion is so beautifully done. it is melancholic and kinda left a gaping hole in my chest ever since i finished it. and i think it might be right up your ally?

  • Mique's Book Vlogs
    Mique's Book Vlogs 19 hours ago +1

    That harmonious sound is the collective sigh of relief to now have official confirmation that Jack did

  • Kaashika Raut
    Kaashika Raut 9 hours ago +39

    considering that i loved all of these books, i would highly recommend "When Breath Becomes Air" by Paul Kalanithi. it's an emotional, poignant memoir that explores morality, mortality, ambition, and the concept of human existence, which seems right up your alley :)

  • Veera Gulati
    Veera Gulati 19 hours ago +1

    jack isn’t shutting up about the number of books he read in 2021- as he should

  • silverforgold
    silverforgold 19 hours ago +908

    I still can’t get over the fact that you read like 3 books a week. Truly living the dream

  • Aditi Bhatnagar
    Aditi Bhatnagar 19 hours ago +62

    I'm currently reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles and highly recommend it! The prose is exquisite, the characters are memorable, and the premise is fascinating!

  • Sadie
    Sadie 19 hours ago +53

    The joy and excitement he shows when talking about the books makes me wanna read them all! Every single time I watch one of his videos, my TBR list gets bigger, lol

  • SolarLunar
    SolarLunar 19 hours ago +748

    You're literally the only TheXvidr i trust for recommendations.

  • Hailey Rafferty
    Hailey Rafferty 19 hours ago +103

    Honestly you're the type of person i'd want with me at my worst moments. You give me this vibe like you don't pity people, you understand them, and to understand someone means you can empathize. You are a special human!

  • Sharanya
    Sharanya 19 hours ago +350

    Books mentioned in this video:

  • Srideepta Sarkar
    Srideepta Sarkar 19 hours ago +521

    my heart is so full seeing Loveless in this list. i do hope a lot more people would pick it up because you recommended it and learn about aromantic asexual people because we get such less representation it's sad :( and Alice Oseman being aroace herself makes the story even more authentic and heartwarming

  • Jessy's World📖🌼
    Jessy's World📖🌼 9 hours ago +6

    My current TBR: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, The Hawthorne Legacy, The Priest's Graveyard by Ted Dekker, Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten and I have more books to read. But for now I'll stick with these📖❤

  • lauraclare93
    lauraclare93 19 hours ago +32

    "A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles was one of my favourites of 2021 and one I think you will really enjoy - I read it nearly a year ago and I recommend it to anyone who will listen! Also "When all is said" by Anne Griffin. Oh, and "Hamnet" and "The Song of Achilles" (on your recommendations). Thanks for such fab content - the way you review each book so clearly and analytically, in 2021 I was really determined to stop and think about books a lot more, rather than just update my Goodreads account and move onto the next book...

  • Steve the first
    Steve the first 19 hours ago +391

    Read Song of Achilles because of your recommendation, and how fondly you talked about it in your videos. It is beautifully written, and the history part of it is not scary at all. Around the end I cried like I was getting paid for it, but completely worth it!

  • Ella Stevens
    Ella Stevens 14 hours ago +34

    the seven husbands of evelyn hugo and girl in pieces were my absolute FAVES in 2021. they taught me all sorts of lessons and the writing from both of the authors just left me in awe

  • Vasuja kishore
    Vasuja kishore 19 hours ago +537

    I don’t go through comments thinking I might get spoilers when I already know all jack’s favourites from devouring every 2021 video of his

  • Chelsey
    Chelsey 19 hours ago +260

    I have the complete opposite taste in books and will likely never read anything Jack recommends but I still watch every single video 😂

  • Mia Isabel
    Mia Isabel 16 hours ago +9

    I read tsoa and Evelyn Hugo in the same week… long story short I was bawling my eyes out most of that time, definitely my favorite reads of 2021 (+ Ninth House)