cover images of the 2021 reading list

What We’re Reading

Thank you for your interest in the group! Below is the list of books that we will read in our English group and in our German subgroup in 2021. For more information about joining either or both group discussions, see our How to Join page.

English List 2021

  • Jan 17:    There There by Tommy Orange (US)
  • Feb 21:    The Door by Magda Szabó (Hungary)
  • Mar 21:    The Sorrow of War by Bảo Ninh (Vietnam)
  • Apr 18:     Welcome to Lagos by Chibundu Onuzo (Nigeria)
  • May 16:    Goat Days by Benyamin (India)
  • June 20:   Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (US)
  • July 18:    The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud (Algeria)
  • Aug 15:     Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata (Japan)
  • Sept 19:    Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart(UK/US)
  • Oct 17:     Disoriental by Négar Djavadi (France)
  • Nov 21:   The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Columbia)
  • Dec 19:   The Wondrous and Tragic Life of Ivan and Ivan by Maryse Condé (Guadeloupe/France)

German List 2021

  • 24. Jan: Trümmerkind von Mechtild Borrmann (Deutschland) 
  • 28. März:  Königin der Berge von Daniel Wisser (Österreich) 
  • 23. Mai:  Arabboy: Eine Jugend in Deutschland oder Das kurze Leben des Rashid A. von Güner Yasemin Balcı (Deutschland) 
  • 25. Juli:  Comeback von Alexander Osang (Deutschland) 
  • 26. Sept:  Was man von hier aus sehen kann von Mariana Leky (Deutschland) 
  • 28. Nov:  Die Hauptstadt von Robert Menasse (Österreich) 

More information

Click here to take a look back at the 2020 and 2019 reading selections.

Want to recommend a book for a future list? Please read about how we selected these books.