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These Are the 50 Amazing Books I Read in 2021

Sharing a list of all the books you’ve read over the course of an entire year makes you vulnerable. Not only can you tell a lot about a person’s taste by going over their books, but you can also see their worries and hopes for the future. But let’s be honest, I’m not important and it’s not like there’s a lot of people who care about how I spent 2021, so here’s the list. By the way, I read 49 books (one book I didn’t include on the list) and I started reading the 50th in 2021, but I didn’t finish it in time. Hopefully, that book will be part of next year’s list with 49 others.

Books I Read in 2021

  1. Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon
  2. Show Your Work: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered by Austin Kleon
  3. Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad by Austin Kleon
  4. Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day by Jake Knapp and John Zaretsky
  5. It’s So Easy and Other Lies by Duff McKagan
  6. Permanent Record by Edward Snowden
  7. The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal by Ben Mezrich
  8. Rebel Without a Crew, or How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker with $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player by Robert Rodriguez
  9. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear
  10. Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport
  11. Anime Impact: The Movies and Shows that Changed the World of Japanese Animation by Chris Stuckmann
  12. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood by Quentin Tarantino
  13. Anything You Want by Derek Sivers
  14. Fluent Japanese from Anime and Manga: How to Learn Japanese Vocabulary, Grammar and Kanji the Easy and Fun Way by Eric Bodnar
  15. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
  16. How to Break Up with Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life by Catherine Price
  17. From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars by Virginia Grohl
  18. The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story by Marie Kondo
  19. Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
  20. Hell Yeah or No: What’s Worth Doing” by Derek Sivers
  21. Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life by Nir Eyal
  22. Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
  23. Tidy the F*ck Up: The American Art of Organizing Your S*it by Condo Messie
  24. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson
  25. Everything is F*cked: A Book about Hope by Marc Manson
  26. Blood, Sweat and Pixels: The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made by Jason Schreier
  27. Do the Work by Steven Pressfield
  28. The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music by Dave Grohl
  29. Time-Blocking: Your Method to Supercharge Productivity & Reach Your Goals by Luke Seavers
  30. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
  31. You Died: The Dark Souls Companion by Keza MacDonald
  32. 100 Ways to Improve Your Writing: Proven Professional Techniques for Writing With Style and Power by Gary Provost
  33. The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention and Energy by Chris Baley
  34. Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day by Jay Shetty
  35. Hiroshima by John Hersey
  36. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  37. The Dip: A Little Book that Teaches You When to Quit by Seth Godin
  38. Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus
  39. The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store by Cait Flanders
  40. Effortless: Make It Easier to Do What Matters Most by Greg McKeown
  41. Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life by Marie Kondo
  42. You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap): How One Woman Radically Simplified Her Life and How You Can Too by Tammy Strobel
  43. Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction by Chris Bailey
  44. Adventures in Opting Out: A Field Guide to Leading an Intentional Life by Cait Flanders
  45. Destination: Simple – Rituals and Rhythms for a Simpler Daily Life by McAlary Brooke
  46. Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism by Fumio Sasaki
  47. Simplify: 7 Guiding Principles to Help Anyone Declutter Their Home and Life by Joshua Becker
  48. The Art of Discarding: How to Get Rid of Clutter and Find Joy by Nagisa Tatsumi

As you can see, there are numerous books about productivity and organizing. There are also a few titles about anime, video games, and even some autobiographies, so there’s something for everybody. As you can see, some books from the list are the best 2021 had to offer, but many were written before.

Finally, I’m more than open to recommendations, so if you have any, leave them in the comments section down below.

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