My top 5 favorite books I read in 2021
At the start of 2021, I challenged myself to keep up with the book reading habit by reading 2 books a month(#2booksamonth) and also sharing my reviews on the same. I am happy that I completed the first part of the challenge (yes, I read 24 books this year!) despite having to move cities and getting relocated to a new country. But I was not able to keep up with second part of challenge — book reviews. I guess something to look forward to as a challenge in year 2022.
This year, I added few more genres to my usual reading interests in autobiographies and business. I read humor, finance, self-help, travel and even fiction. I got accustomed to using kindle for reading (though only for light reads till now). I also explored the option of audio books which came in handy while travelling.
So, in the year that turned out to be the reading year for me, here are my top 5 highlights:
Atomic Habits by James Clear:
It is a simple yet comprehensive hands-on guide book on how to change your habits and get 1% better every day. The author shares simple techniques to build new habits. And it works. I practiced few lessons I learnt from the book to make time for learning Ukulele.
The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel:
This book lives by its title. The key message is that doing well with money has less to do with the smartness of the person and a lot to do with the human behavior. The author shares examples of human biases we inherent and help us become aware of our psychological behaviors to navigate better with the money matters.
The Power of a Subconscious Mind by Dr. Joseph Murray:
The author explains how to tap the potential of subconscious mind by illustrating examples from his own life. Be it reaching your goals and dreams or healing oneself, there lies a great power beyond religions and spiritual life which is within each one of us.
Ikigai by Francesc Miralles and Hector Garcia:
This book offers a great place to start your own exploration to understand and embrace Japanese idea of Ikigai. The authors takes the learnings from Japanese way of living and provides practical advise on how to to lead a simple yet impactful and meaningful life — focused on building positivity, nurturing relationships and dealing with stress.
Surely, You’re Joking Mr. Feynman by Richard P. Feynman:
This book is full of real-life incidents of Mr. Feynman’s life who has a long list of achievements including Nobel Prize in physics. It is a light read and offers a lot of entertaining stories coupled with technical ones around the eccentric and curious personality of Mr. Feynman.
What are the books that you read in 2021 and found interesting? Which books you intend to read in 2022? Please share your thoughts in the comment section.
Thank you and happy reading!