2021 Books That Influenced Me
I recall a quote or saying that I heard a few years back that reminisced… As we grow a year older of flip to a new calendar year the only meaningful advance one has made, besides the additional revolution around the sun, is the books they have read. I would like to add that experiences and travel should be included as equally important as the books you read. Nonetheless I thought this would be an important time to reflect on the books that influenced me in 2021.
- Bad blood is crazy story that is still unfolding in the courts today. Elizabeth Holmes once a Silicon Valley visionary has turned into what the general public has despised about greed and lofty ideas of Silicon Valley. This was one of my favorite of the 10 books I read this year.
Book Review — Educated by Tara Westover
Tara Westover’s story is unique but the overall themes are not. The themes are extremely relatable and translate into…
2. Educated was one of the more thought proving books in this list. For such is a thought provoking book it was not too dense.
Book Review — A Time for Mercy by John Grisham
I read this book partly while on vacation in the Bahamas. It was the perfect beach read although the book tackles some…
3. Like many on the list John Grisham’s stories and style make for an enjoyable read.
Book Review — Range by David Epstein
I had to go back and look at my previous book reviews to realize that it took me about 3.5 months to get through Range…
4. If this book does not either encourage your or evoke a shift in mindset I’m not sure you’re reading the same Range by David Epstein that I read. The world is changing and Epstein surmises that generalist will outperform specialists in the future.
Book Review — The Hideout by Graham Moore
Graham Moore put himself on a high pedestal with his book The Hideout. The book is a great thriller and amongst the…
5. This is another John Grisham like thriller and Graham Moore did a phenomenal job capturing my attention.
Book Review — Game of Work by Charles A. Coonradt
Lately I have heard a lot of chatter about the book Game of Work and the idea of gamification of work. While this is…
6. The Game of Work has been around for many years and it was time for me to pick it up and glean it’s wonderful insight.
Book Review — Estate Secrets by Baker Crow
Disclaimer: I know Baker Crow personally and have known the Crow family for most of my life. This review is biased by…
7. Crow’s first book Estate Secrets was w wonderful page turner and did not disappoint.
8. The Machine That Changes the World is probably the most dense book on this list. It does provide a glimpse into different approached of car manufacturing.
Book Review — The Whistler John Grisham
I was ready for a nice easy fiction book leading into this Holiday season and John Grisham delivered as he always does…
9. Another light read by john Grisham. I look forward to reading the next book in this series in 2022 called The Judge’s List.
Book Review — Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book
This book was a Christmas gift from my parents. It is an enjoyable short read with parable like stories on how to…
10. Looking to improve you golf game or read some quips from an old timer, look no further than Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book.
Let me know if you’ve read any of these books and your thoughts.