I read a lot. By a quirk of temperament, I dislike most of what I read. This is why I can’t come up with a top-10 list of books that I read this past year, because I didn’t like that many. But there were five I very much enjoyed. Note that these are not books published in 2021, they are the top five books that I happened to read over the past year:
Amy Olberding, The Wrong of Rudeness
Siep Stuurman, The Invention of Humanity
Philip Rieff, The Triumph of the Therapeutic
Cailin O’Connor, The Origins of Unfairness
Why are these books so great? You’ll have to read them to find out! I just wanted to extend thanks to the authors (or at least those still alive) for having made my year better than it otherwise would have been.