The Best Books I Read In 2021 πŸ“š

Another great year of reading in the books (πŸ˜‰). With no commute over the last two years I’ve been fortunate to be able to carve out a solid ~30-40 minutes each morning for reading before breaking a sweat and signing on for work. I can’t think of a better way to start a day in our fast paced society then slowing down, cracking open a book, and wrestling with some ideas at your own speed before the normal flow of life starts. Below are some of my favorite books that I read this year, followed by a reading complete list from the year. Please let me know if any of these make their way onto your 2022 reading list or if you have any recommendations for me.

Fitness (Health) πŸ’ͺ🏻

Oxygen Advantage by Patrick McKeown was the most unique book I’ve read related to health in some time. The focus of this book is on different breathing techniques and was practical both for athletics and general health. Here is a good video summary if you are interested. For me this was a new aspect of health that I had not studied. Other honorable mentions include: You Can’t Hurt Me (for motivation) and The Almanack of Naval Ravikant (general health). My favorite podcast right now related to health is the Huberman Lab podcast.

Finance (Wealth) πŸ’° βŒ›

The Almanack of Naval Ravikant, The Psychology of Money, and First Time Home Buyer would be my top picks from this year. Of course there are many books on my list below that will impact how much money you make yet aren’t specifically about personal finance (Zig Ziglar programs, The Magic of Thinking Big, etc.). The three mentioned above were all great and changed my perspective in different ways. The Navalmanak got me excited, and taking action on, the idea of creating leverage. The Psychology of Money helped to reinforce many of the strategies I have in place. First Time Home Buyer gave my wife and I a practical handbook for our first home purchase.

Philosophy (Wisdom) 🧠

I have really been enjoying fiction more and more over the last two years. One of my goals for next year is to read more biographies, fiction, and hard science. I have the philosophy classics that I always revisit (This is Water, Siddartha, Meditations) and finally got around to reading Enchiridion by Epictetus. The new books that struck me the most this year were 1984, Animal Farm, and Dune. All three were stories packed with wisdom. Reading Jordan Peterson’s and Joseph Campbell’s works have also helped me to appreciate The Bible more as they approach it from a psychological / mythological lens.

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Full List From 2021 (chronological order):

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. Cashflow Quadrant by Robert Kyosaki
  3. Peak by Anders Ericsson
  4. Oxygen Advantage by Patrick McKeown
  5. You Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins
  6. How To Stay Motivated by Zig Ziglar
  7. First Time Home Buyer by Scott Trench & Mindy Jensen
  8. Goals by Zig Ziglar
  9. How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams
  10. The Like Switch by Jack Schafer Ph.D
  11. The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz Ph.D
  12. Loserthink by Scott Adams
  13. The Almanack of Naval Ravikant by Eric Jorgenson
  14. No More Mr. Nice Guy by Dr. Robert Glover
  15. Influence by Robert Cialdini
  16. Career Advice for Uniquely Ambitious People by Eric Jorgenson
  17. Keep Sharp by Sanjay Gupta
  18. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  19. This is Water by David Foster Wallace
  20. The Bible
  21. Enchiridion by Epictetus
  22. Keep Sharp by Sanjay Gupta
  23. Dune by Frank Herbert
  24. The Great Mental Models by Shane Perish
  25. Courage is Calling by Ryan Holiday
  26. Beyond Order by Jordan Peterson
  27. I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Remit Sethi
  28. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  29. The Way of The Superior Man by David DeliaΒ 
  30. The Hero With A Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
  31. Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel

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