Listen Now: Bulaq’s ‘Best of 2021’

For our end-of-year book list, co-hosts M Lynx Qualey and Ursula Lindsey made up their own categories — from “best collection by a poet I hadn’t heard of before” ” to “best book about cannibalism” to “best book that lived up to the hype” — and added a few more along the way.

Some of the winning books.

It’s a journey through 10 books that struck and stayed with them this year, and you can listen at

Without giving too much away, the categories are:

Best literary cookbook for children (MLQ).

Best book I’ve been waiting for years to see published (Ursula).

Best collection of poetry by a poet previously unknown to me (MLQ).

Best book I’m reading even if I haven’t gotten far (Ursula).

Best book about cannibalism (MLQ).

Best book I’ve ordered someone for Christmas (Ursula).

Best gift book for under $20 (MLQ).

Best book that actually lived up to the hype (Ursula).

Best introduction to a novel (MLQ).

Best book about the “Syrian refugee crisis” (Ursula).

BONUS CATEGORY: Best Arabic-language list from a publisher

We also say goodbye to Humphrey Davies (1947-2021).


  1. an error occured 🙁 How is it possible to see the list ?

    1. Author

      I’m so sorry! It should work at I’ll fix the link.

  2. The link will work without the word Bulaq. Enter Bulaq when you get to the podcast site.

    1. Author

      Sigh! Sorry about that.

      1. I love those podcasts. Exam Week will end in a few days and I hope I’ll check them out. Stay well, precious advocate of Arab culture!

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