Mark Llobrera

Reading Log, 2021

Fifty-five books this past year. What was different from 2020, when I read 99? It was mostly an intentional shift to watching more films (150 last year).

Highlights? I finished a reread of Elizabeth Hand’s Cass Neary novels. Work Won’t Love You Back and Uncanny Valley had me thinking deeply about my connection to work, and my long-term relationship to the tech industry. Arkady Martine’s Teixcalaan books were probably the most fun I had reading SF all year. A Children’s Bible, Hamnet, and No One is Talking About This have stuck with me, in different ways and for different reasons.

I haven’t set any specific reading goals for 2022. It’s as if the last two years have freed me from a numeric goal—now that I know I’m capable of reading a hundred books a year if I decided to, the pressure’s gone.