Books

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.