My Reading Shelf in 2021

2021 was also a work from home year which means the commute time gets converted to what ever you want.. Some might have had used it in work.. or forced so… but I was lucky to use that for both exercise and reading… Even combining the two activity…

I clocked at around 30 books this year… After posting these on social media for a few days, I have started questioning if this pace is ideal or should I move my reading more into magazines. I think there is value in books as well… Let me first share some of my thoughts or questions on Reading for 2022

  1. Should I read more Novels. There are so many classics I have not read, that I should have read when young if I were a good reader. Should I go on that route… Or may be catch up on like 5 classics every year.
  2. All Non Fiction is pretty much new and I already have the first few books for 2022 with me.
  3. Should I start nibbling on my real bookshelf home. I have so many books I have bought but did not read… Novels mostly and some history.
  4. What is the correct mix of English/Malayalam Novels, Non Fiction Business books, History, Memoir, Non-Fiction Random.
  5. Reduce the books and move more on Magazines like Atlantic, Wired and NewYorker and Economist. That is a tough choice…

Anyway here is the list of books read in 2021

  1. The Wires of War: Technology and the Global Struggle for Power
  2. A Tale of Two Omars: A Memoir of Family, Revolution, and Coming Out During the Arab Spring
  3. Shelf Life: Chronicles of a Cairo Bookseller
  4. System Error: How Big Tech Disrupted Everything and Why We Must Reboot
  5. Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals
  6. India After Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy
  7. Decoding Greatness: How the Best in the World Reverse Engineer Success
  8. Miseducated: My Journey
  9. An Indian Among los Indígenas: A Native Travel Memoir
  10. The Silent Coup: A History of India’s Deep State
  11. Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement
  12. Thanks for Waiting: The Joy (and Weirdness) of Being a Late Bloomer
  13. Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days
  14. I Am a Girl from Africa
  15. Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment
  16. The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War
  17. The Practice: Shipping Creative Work
  18. Hype : How Scammers, Grifters, and Con Artists Are Taking Over the Internet—and Why We’re Following
  19. Effortless: Make It Easier to Do What Matters Most
  20. The Hype Machine: How Social Media Disrupts Our Elections, Our Economy, and Our Health–And How We Must Adapt
  21. To Raise a Boy: Classrooms, Locker Rooms, Bedrooms, and the Hidden Struggles of American Boyhood
  22. Work: A History of How we spend our Time
  23. Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World
  24. Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen
  25. Better, Not Perfect: A Realist’s Guide to Maximum Sustainable Goodness
  26. Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It
  27. Change: How to Make Big Things Happen
  28. KARIYILA (കരിയില)
  29. Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know

I have also started a more targeted reading to ensure I can cover more in the time I have. I have moved all my book reviews to my YouTube Channel.. Not Penpositive Channel but the Vinod Narayan Channel. Here is the Playlist. And do subscribe !

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