Posted by: Lisa Hill | December 24, 2021

My Year in Books 2021

All right, let’s do something frivolous for the Silly Season…

I think it was Annabel at Annabookbel who led the way in 2020 with this annual Christmas meme… but this year it’s thanks to Karen at Booker Talk for reminding me!

The rules are: Using only books you have read this year (2021), answer these questions. Try not to repeat a book title. Links in the titles will take you to my reviews where they exist.

In high school I was The One That Got Away, by Ken Haley

People might be surprised by (my) Deception, by Philip Roth

I will never be (your) Foe, by J M. Coetzee

My life in lockdown was like An Insider’s Plague Year, by Peter Doherty

My fantasy job is Cooking with Fernet Branca, by James Hamilton-Paterson

At the end of a long day I need The Sweetest Fruits, by Monique Truong

I hate being Where the Fruit Falls, by Karen Wyld

Wish I had A Million Aunties, by Alecia McKenzie

My family reunions are Time to Remember, by Janna Ruth

At a party you’d find me with The Fish Girl, by Mirandi Riwoe

I’ve never been to (the) Land of Big Numbers, by Te-Ping Chen

A happy day includes Dancing on Coral, by Glenda Adams

Motto I live by: Things We Didn’t See Coming, by Steven Amsterdam

On my bucket list is (a journey on the) Stamboul Train, by Graham Greene

In my next life, I want to have Breakfast with the Nikolides, by Rumer Godden

Now, over to you.

Come up with an open-ended sentence in the comments, and I’ll see if I can find a title that fits!

From Bill at the Australian Legend: I deal with non-sequitur comments with a Pivot to India by Michael Wesley in the Australian Foreign Affairs Journal.

From Sue at Whispering Gums: In 2022 I will (engage in) Small Acts of Defiance by Michelle Wright


  1. I’m not sure about a million aunties, not that mine weren’t all lovely. The most interesting relationship seems to be with ‘maiden’ aunts (and uncles) who often take an almost parental interest in their nephews and nieces (without the nephews and nieces always noticing!).
    Perhaps my open ended sentence should be “I deal with non-sequitur comments by”


    • Ha! You must have had the luxury of having aunts. I never had any aunts, or uncles, or cousins…


      Ouch, your contribution is hard…


  2. […] am inspired to do this by Lisa at ANZ LitLovers […]


  3. You’ve inspired me, Lisa. I’ve just posted my contribution :-)

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  4. Hi Lisa, I hope my memory serves me well. In High School I was God Girl Bad Girl by Michael Robothom; People might be surprised by my Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh; I will never be the Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory; My Life in Lockdown was like Beautiful World Where Are You by Sally Rooney; My fantasy Job is In Moonland by Miles Allinson; At the end of a long day I need Devotion by Hannah Kent; I hate being Born Into This by Adam Thompson; Wish I had A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders; My family reunions are Let Me Tell You What I Mean by Joan Didion; At a party you’d find me with Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrel; I’ve never been to Wild Abandon by Emily Bitto; A happy day includes Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro; Motto I live by Think Again by Adam Grant; On my bucket list is Leaping Into Waterfalls by Bernadette Brennan; and In my next life I want to have The Midnight Library by Matt Haig.


    • Ha ha Meg, I’m laughing out loud!


  5. Here goes Lisa – (you might have to bold them for me, with apologies)

    In high school I was – The Warden’s Niece by Gillian Avery

    People might be surprised by – My Hard Heart by Helen Garner

    I will never be – Forever Young by Steven Carroll

    My life in lockdown was like – One Hundred Years of Solitude by Marquez

    My fantasy job is – Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson

    I hate being – Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

    At the end of a long day I need – Hot Milk by Barbara Levy

    Wish I had (been) – Brother of the Famous Jack by Barbara Trepido

    My family reunions are – Remembering Laughter by Wallace Stegner

    At a party you’d find me with – Johnno by David Malouf

    I’ve never been to – Corfu by Robert Dessaix

    A happy day includes – Dinner at the Homesick Restaurent by Anne Tyler

    Motto I live by – You’ll be sorry when I’m dead by Marieke Hardy

    On my bucket list is (a journey to) A Kingdom by the Sea by Nancy Phelan

    In my next life I want to have – The Pleasures of Leisure by Robert Dessaix

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    • *chuckle* You’ll Be Sorry When I’m Dead, that’s a good one!


  6. Wonderful Lisa! And an impressive reply For Bill’s sentence :-) My brain has quite deserted me so I’ll just wish you a great reading year ahead in 2022.


  7. Thanks for the answer to the question of who created this meme. I see you came up with a new one this year – My life in lockdown was like –. My answer would be The Vanishing by Guido Morselli.

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  8. Yes, these are silly but fun. Mine will be up on my blog shortly.


  9. LOL, I love this meme! Happy Christmas to you and yours, Lisa!


  10. OK, I’ll give you a not very inspiring one: In 2022 I will …


    • Ha ha, I like my answer for this one!


  11. […] Christmas meme… Karen at Booker Talk reminded her and would have reminded me too, except I saw Lisa’s first, and I like that she seems to have added in a “lockdown” […]


  12. Great fun, Lisa! You have inspired me:-)

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