Six of the Best Essay Collections from 2021

I read some fire essay collections this year. In these books, I was challenged and experienced growth in ways that I wasn’t expecting. I fangirled over some of my favorite writers and found some new treasures. 

Here are 6 of the best essay collections from 2021 (you can see the rest of my favorite books from 2021 here).

Book to make your heart burst open

You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience by Tarana Burke & Brené Brown

(you can read my review on

Twerking off my feminist high horse

Bad Fat Black Girl: Notes from a Trap Feminist by Sesali Bowen

Ready to unionize and revolutionize

Work Won’t Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone by Sarah Jaffe

(here is a post inspired by this book)

Black women lusting, and I’m here for it

Sometimes I Trip On How Happy We Could Be by Nichole Perkins

Racial Reckoning

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong

(you can read my review on

Did you read any good essay collections?

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