This year, the goal wasn’t to cruise through as many books as possible like it was last year.
I wrote a post called How to read 2 (or more) books a week detailing how I went about finishing a crazy amount of books in 2020.
2021 brought with it other passion projects that involved more video tutorials and hands-on learning, but we still got quite a few books in (and the year isn’t over yet).
I’ll add up the total pages read when the year ends and I’ll update this list as more are finished.
My ranking system is personal.
5’s usually mean that it got me to see the world in a new way, it entertained me in an unexpected way, or it offered what I needed to hear at this point in my life.
Many of these were recommended to me as life-changing books.
If the book you recommended wasn’t rated highly by me, can we still be friends?
I’ve found that when you read books – meaning the timing and circumstances of your life – impacts your feelings about that book.
If your recommendation is lower than it should be, it was just the wrong timing for me.
|1||1/2||The Coddling of the American Mind||Greg Lukianoff & Jonathan Haidt||5|
|2||1/5||American Dirt||Jeanine Cummins||4|
|3||1/9||The Moment of Lift||Melinda Gates||2|
|4||1/12||Being Mortal||Atul Gawande||4|
|6||1/20||Why We Sleep||Matthew Walker||5|
|7||1/29||Drunk Tank Pink||Adam Alter||3|
|8||2/6||The Righteous Mind||Jonathan Haidt||5|
|10||2/13||The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck||Mark Manson||3|
|11||2/17||Midnight in Chernobyl||Adam Higginbotham||4|
|12||2/21||The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle||Stuart Turton||5|
|15||3/3||Extreme Ownership||Jocko Willink & Leif Babin||3|
|16||3/8||The Happiness Advantage||Shawn Achor||4|
|18||3/28||How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It||James Wesley Rawles||2|
|19||4/5||The Power of Now||Eckhart Tolle||4|
|22||4/21||Eleven Rings||Phil Jackson||3|
|23||4/22||Where the Crawdads Sing||Delia Owens||4|
|24||5/2||Bitcoin Billionaires||Ben Mezrich||4|
|25||5/8||The Man Who Solved the Market||Gregory Zuckerman||3|
|26||5/20||A Random Walk Down Wall Street||Burton G. Malkiel||3|
|27||5/28||None Dare Call it Conspiracy||Gary Allen||3|
|28||6/4||Wealth, Poverty, and Politics||Thomas Sowell||4|
|29||6/11||Hate, Inc||Matt Taibbi||3|
|30||6/18||Lies My Teacher Told Me||James Loewen||5|
|31||6/30||Our Mathematical Universe||Max Tegmark||4|
|32||7/9||Human Errors||Nathan H. Lents||3|
|33||7/15||Know What Makes Them Tick||Max Siegel||3|
|34||7/21||The Only Negotiating Guide You’ll Ever Need||Peter Stark, Jane Flaherty||3|
|35||7/23||You Don’t Have to Be a Shark||Robert Herjavec||5|
|36||7/28||Thinking in Bets||Annie Duke||5|
|37||7/31||The Theory of Everything||Stephen Hawking||2|
|39||8/31||The Personality Brokers||Merve Emre||3|
|41||10/18||Surprise, Kill, Vanish||Annie Jacobsen||5|
|42||10/21||Billion Dollar Loser||Reeves Wiedeman||4|
|43||10/30||Personal Finance 101||Alfred Mill, Michele Cagan||3|
|44||11/5||The Hiding Place||Corrie ten Boom||3|
|45||11/6||Everything is Figureoutable||Marie Forleo||4|
|47||12/2||The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse||Charlie Mackesy||5|
|48||12/11||On the Road||Jack Kerouac||2|
|49||12/14||The Book of Mormon||Several||4|
|50||12/20||Real vs Rumor||Keith Erekson||2|
|51||12/29||The Innovator’s Dilemma||Clayton M Christensen||2|
|52||12/31||Homo Deus||Yuval Noah Harari||5|
What books need to go on my 2022 list?
Want even more book recommendations?
Check out my 2020 list