Reads for the Rest of Us: 2021 Best of the Rest

Each month, I provide Ms. readers with a list of new books being published by writers from historically excluded groups.

You’ve read the other “Best of” lists—now read the other one. You know, for the rest of us. Each year, I review my monthly Reads for the Rest of Us lists and choose my favorite books of the year. It was such a wonderful challenge to review all the lists and choose my top 50, but here they are. 

December 2021 Reads for the Rest of Us

This month’s list of feminist books from writers who are women, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, AAPI, LGBIA+, queer, disabled and more.

December is usually a slow month for new book releases, but we all know it’s quality and not quantity that counts! And this little list of 10 won’t disappoint.

November 2021 Reads for the Rest of Us

This month’s list of feminist books from writers who are women, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, AAPI, LGBIA+, queer, disabled and more.

You may notice that my descriptions this month are a bit less verbose than usual. That’s because I am swamped! And I know you are too, so this month, I am giving you what you want in bite-sized snacks of literary goodness. 

September 2021 Reads for the Rest of Us

Enjoy this month’s list of 30 feminist books from writers who are women, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, AAPI, LGBIA+, queer, disabled, and more. This list has given me new knowledge, deeper empathy, broader perspectives, much-needed laughter and increased inspiration. I hope you find something here that does the same for you. 

August 2021 Reads for the Rest of Us

With all the uncertainty and injustice in our daily lives, we each need to find ways to unplug and recharge. Of course, one way to do this is unwind with a great book. This list gives you 37 to choose from this month, from dark mysteries to feminist fantasies to gripping historical fiction.

June 2021 Reads for the Rest of Us

Are you vaccinated, masked up and ready to get back out there this beautiful Pride Month? I am two of the three because, let’s be honest, I would rather stay home and sit on my sunny porch with a cocktail and a good book.

However you spend it, I hope you have a lovely June and that you can squeeze in some time for a read from this month’s list of 32 amazing books.