18 Books I Read/Listened in 2021
This is now the sixth year I’m writing this post, hopefully, it has not become boring and you find a couple of books from this list that are new and you get to read over the holidays or next year. You can find the lists for the last four years here: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017.
Many of you know that I mostly listen to books on Audible while I commute. This year I also picked a couple of print books given I was spending more time at home. It was a blessing to read from different authors and about different topics.
Without further ado, here’s the list.
The story of Adam Neumann and WeWork. A little too harsh against Adam Neumann, but a fun read full of interesting tidbits.
Love Reed Hastings’ culture of Freedom & Responsibility. I believe in a 100% ownership work culture.
An interesting biography of Edison. Slightly boring/hard to read.
Writings of Jeff Bezos to shareholders. Slightly boring to listen to it all.
Fantastic storytelling of the story of Instagram, its acquisition by Facebook, and how the work cultures between the two companies clashed.
One of the most popular books in this space, trying to understand the history of nations and prosperity. I didn’t agree with many of the author’s points of view though on why some nations didn’t prosper.
An easy read on the future of world and crazy technologies that transform it.
Great and easy read on people management, prepared by the team at First Round Capital.
This is the year that finally my own book came out! It was hearwarming to see all the attention the book got. It’s getting translated in over 10 languages and being sold in 50+ countries and became the #1 bestselling startup and venture capital book. I have probably read my own book over 20 times this year during the editorial process.
Outstanding book on understanding our relationship with money and how our psychology affects our relation with wealth.
The American tax code is one of the most complex out there and Self-Directed Investment Retirement Accounts is one interesting way to use the tax code to one’s benefit. This was a great handbook.
A book by a psychologist going through common stories and problems twenty-somethings go through. Your 20s matter!
The author interviewed hundreds of elder Americans, those above the age of 70, and asked them about their lessons and regrests about their life. Life is so short and so precious.
A short book on having better relationships with the people who invest in venture capital funds.
Behind the funny character of Trevor Noah on standup comedies and nightly shows, is a many who grew up in South Africa, with a ton of paradoxes and problems given he was mixed race. This was an awesome read.
This is a great book narrating the story of how Trader Joe was started and how it grew to become the large business it is today. I learned so much about the retail and grocery business.
A truly outstanding book by the great Vaclav Smil, sharing statistics and numbers about the status of the world, from energy usage, to transport, to fertility and population growth. So many learnings, and so much to do for the future of the world.
A great book about solving the chicken and egg problem many startups face when starting. This book goes into the details of network effects and how to create and nurture network effects the right way for your startup to grow.
I read many awesome books this year and now that I’m an author myself, I do appreciate each book and the years of work each author puts behind their book. It truly is a labor of love.
If you’re looking for recommendations on what to read, here’s my top 3 books of this year.
Happy holidays and see you next year!