Almanac 2021 | Book Review

National Geographic’s Almanac 2021 is a dazzling compendium of scientific subjects, trending topics, travel teasers and inspiring ideas, each page illustrated or accompanied by stunning photographs and graphics that whet the appetite for adventure and the crave for knowledge. When I first received my copy, I started doing what I intended to be a quick flip-through of this book. It turned into a hour-long session as I pored over inspiring biographies of conservationists and ornithologists, found details of a train trip I would love to take my husband on though the Canadian Rockies and learned about climate and climate change around the world.

And while the information in the Almanac is fascinating enough to stand on it’s own, I also really enjoyed the pop culture infusions like the “Planetary Playlist” featuring songs as diverse as Elton John’s Rocket Man and REM’s Man on The Moon, that appeared in a section entitled The Universe and Beyond.  Similarly, a list of, “Movies Starring Volcanoes” breaks up the science of volcanic eruptions and Continental Facts accompany maps of each of the seven land masse

The Almanac 2021 is intensely readable and because each page is a standalone experience, it can be consumed in bite-sized pieces if you can tear yourself away, or keep you enthralled for hours at a time. I am enjoying dancing my way through this book, quizzing my friends with nuggets of information gleaned from the pages and making a note to gift some copies in the upcoming holidays.


Book Details

  • Title; Almanac 2021
  • Pages: 400
  • Format: Paperback
  • Publication Date: October 2020
  • Publisher: National Geographic

Publisher’s Description

The essential annual for the 21st century, this high-energy almanac is packed with facts, photos, infographics, time lines, and maps–the perfect stocking stuffer and book to browse all year long.

A guide to the world like no other, this vivid and comprehensive book offers the best of National Geographic and more: science, nature, history, world cultures, geography, and the environment, illustrated with amazing photography, fascinating infographics, and maps created by expert cartographers. Highlights this year include the James Webb telescope, launching in 2021; a brand-new wildflower guide; a guided tour of the moons of our solar system; a beautiful infographic on jellyfish; and a feature on lithium, central to the work of recent Nobel prize-winning chemistry.
Divided into lively chapters including Exploration & Adventure, Life on Earth, and The Science of Us, this year’s almanac features top photos from National Geographic’s celebrated Instagram account and geniuses past and present including Jane Goodall, Amelia Earhart, and acclaimed conservationist Kris Tompkins, dedicated to preserving much of Patagonia.
With new discoveries on every page, this cutting-edge book–called a “category buster” by Booklist–brings you, as Publishers Weekly puts it, “all the things that National Geographic does best.”


Note: I received a complimentary copy of Almanac 2021 from the publishers, National Geographic, and TLC Book Tours. I was not otherwise compensated and the above review reflects my honest opinion about the book.




One Comment Add yours

  1. Sara Strand says:

    I’m reading this one right now myself and thoroughly enjoying it! Thank you for being on this tour. Sara @ TLC Book Tours


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