Books I loved reading and recommend
I was never a big fan of reading books. I tried my hand at reading books earlier, but then it stopped after some time. It is over the last couple of years that I have started reading. Thanks to social media and the people I follow who constantly talk about ideas from books and keep updating about books they read,I too started with the habit of reading books.
I tried Blinkist for some time, but the idea did not resonate with me much after a month or so. I prefer physical books because it helps to reduce screen time.
Listed below some of the interesting books that I read and would gladly recommend to others
Atomic Habits by James Clear (Productivity)
This book is a revelation in terms of trying to understand habits and the necessary systems needed in place to keep them going. I would suggest subscribing to James Clear’s weekly newsletter too.
I have written more about the book here
Super Thinking by Gabriel Weinberg and Lauren McCann (Critical Thinking)
This book helps us to understand the day-to-day life situations and find patterns amidst them and help us to build a mental model so that we can recognize repeated patterns and improve our decision-making skills quickly.
No Rules Rules by Reed Hastings, Erin Meyer (Leadership)
This is one of the best books that I have read about Leadership. This book delves deep into the culture of reinvention at Netflix. Must read for anyone at the senior/executive leadership levels.
The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel (Investing/Financial Independence)
This book took an entirely different approach to the idea of Money and it is not about data-driven analysis but delves into the psychology of how humans view and deal with money. This is no high concept funda around Investing. I loved the author’s take on the idea of Financial Independence.
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight (Autobiography)
This book is essentially a memoir by the Creator of Nike is an uplifting and inspiring tale narrated excellently around the founding story, struggles and success around building the iconic shoe brand.
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari (History)
This book revisits the history of our civilizations of mankind - the path we came across over the last 2000 years to where we are, raises pertinent questions around what we take for granted.
Other honourable mentions
Radical Candor by Kim Malone Scott (Leadership/Coaching) Link
Ikigai by Hector Garcia Puigcerver, Francesc Miralles, Meik Wiking and Linnea Dunne ( Self Help / Philosophy) Link
The Almanack of Naval Ravikant by Eric Jorgenson ( Self Help / Philosophy) Link
Grit by Angela Duckworth ( Self Help/Psychology) Link
There are other books that I have enjoyed too but have not been mentioned here. I use the Twitter thread to document all the books that I read in 2021. You can follow this to keep track of my reading.
2021 Book Reading Thread— Dinakaran aka Master Of None (@dinquisitively) January 3, 2021
(1/n) The Pyschology Of Money by Morgan Housel.
And this section about Freedom hits me close to home.
"Controlling your time is the highest dividend money pays" pic.twitter.com/nlyLttrcEH