I read and listened to a total of 11 books in 2021. This is a step back from the 27 books read in 2020. I took a break from reading around April and picked it up again towards the end of the year. I got sucked into Axie Infinity and web3 during the middle of the year. My brain was fried from figuring out the intricacies of this emerging technology and I didn’t have the brain power to read at night.
I also started a handful of books this year but did not complete them. I am getting better at being more selective with my reading. There are millions of books out there along with countless tweeter threads, blog posts, and newsletters. And I only have so much time. I want to focus on either books I enjoy or ones that pack important information.
Dune was one of the books that I enjoyed reading in 2021. I read Dune in preparation of the movie’s release in October. The story starts off slow as the author introduces Arrakis, House Atreides, and the all important spice. But once the world is built, the story takes off with tons of action and intrigue. The almost 900 pages flew by as I joined Paul on his epic adventure.
I was surprised by How to Win Friends and Influence People. This book was recommended by multiple people throughout the last few years. I haven’t picked it up before this year because the title seems manipulative. I changed my mind after reading the first few chapters. This book reminds me of core copywriting and marketing concepts. It promotes listening to the other person and being a benefit to them.
Books read in 2021:
- Your Move: The Underdogs Guide to Building Your Business
- Crush It (audio)*
- Crushing It (audio)
- The 4 Hour Work Week (reread)*
- Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (audio)
- The Boron Letters *
- Exhalation *
- Show Your Work
- The Almanack of Naval Ravikant *
- Dune *
- How to Win Friends and Influence People *
* = Recommended by Leon