Books to Read in 2021

Well, 2020 is about to end. It was stressful, and that’s a good thing as it helped me reconnect with books and fire up this blog as well. Also, this year I read books mostly on self improvement. Which did help me a lot.

I write the learnings of the books I read in my newsletter and people asked for a little more variety. And that is what I intend to do next year.

Here is the list of books I’ve made which I have to read in 2021. Some, are small, some are long; but the journey is going to be fun!

So, here goes:

1. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

The war of art is a book that’s something I really need right now. With plans of writing a novel(la) and having a lot of confusion and fear to pick up the project, this book seems the perfect one to read. This was recommended by many people in the creative sphere – Austin Kleon, Seth Godin, Ali Abdaal, Thomas Frank!

2. Steal like an Artist by Austin Kleon

Having read Show your work by him in 2020, I have learnt that Austin has solid ideas to help answer my questions on ideas and originality in this book. Also, the book is simply adorable! How can someone not want to read this?

3. The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

I came across this in the podcast Bill Gates and Rashida Jones ask big questions, where I could resonate a lot with what Elizabeth had to say. I found this book super interesting which is talking about the 6th mass extinction on earth in which we all play a huge role. And wanting to work in the renewable energy sector sustainably, I really think I should read this book to understand the current challenges and status of the world.

4. The Creative Destruction of Medicine by Eric Topol

Having read War Doctor by David Nott in 2020, I’ve been searching for good books on medicine and I found my uncle reading a book by Eric Topol and suggested me to read this book which talks about how technology can massively impact lives and diagnoses of people!

5. Why Look at Animals? by John Berger

I found his concept interesting as I was reading Fathoms by Rebecca Giggs. This essay is about how we perceive animals the way we do in the age of consumerism. He asks deep questions about ourselves and our motives.

6. The Code Book by Simon Singh

This is a book about the history of encryption from the ancient Egyptians to what we see in computers today. Having read Dan Brown’s books, this book seems super exciting to read about the science, logic and history of the art of secrecy and their integration into modern systems and computers.

7. Debt: the first 5000 years by David Graeber

This is a book that speaks about the reversal of conventional wisdom challenging the idea that money was brought in to replace the barter system. This book goes on to speak about the earlier concepts of debt, debt forgiveness, laws and religion.

8. Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter

This is a book that talks about the understanding of technology, computers and explores ideas of cognitive science of meaning, reduction, recursion etc.

9. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

This book has been in my TBR for over a decade. And I really wish to check this book off of my TBR. For someone who absolutely loves science, this is one book I think should be read. Also, I’m guilty of not reading any books by Isaac Asimov.

10. A People’s Constitution by Rohit De

This is a book that talks about how the constitution of the worlds largest democracy made by elitists, is relevant to this day. This book talks about how the constitution impacts common men in their daily life, protects them and also gives a framework of our culture.

11. Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells

A lot has been said about climate change. But this book is supposed to give an idea and understanding of life if we keep continuing our practices the way we do right now. This book apparently gives an idea of the world where rising sea levels would be the least of our concerns.

12. Understanding Comics: The invisible Art by Scott McCloud

Being someone who is fascinated by comics and graphic novels, it absolutely hurts when I recommend amazing books (works of art) and people dismiss them for being comics and assume that they’re for children. I intend to read this book to understand the process and beauty of the art form.

13. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer

People have always told me that if I really wish to learn about World War 2, The rise and fall of the Third Reich should be the first book to read. I’ve been meaning to read this for four years and have finally made solid plans to read it in 2021

14. Richest Man in Babylon by George S Clason

This was one of the first books I read in 2020, and I definitely need to re-read this classic on financial literacy!

15. A New Idea of India: Individual Rights in a Civilisational State by Harsh Gupta

It is also important to read a book about India, by Indians that are relevant in our time! This is one such book which I would like to try out. This being a political book. I really need to keep my inhibitions behind and try to read and understand with an open mind. I also, know that this book would challenge many of my ideas. I’d like to experiment on the things I can agree and/or disagree upon.

Bonus Read

The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism by Fritjof Capra

I guess the title of the book is obvious to understand what it is about. I came across this book when Prof. Makarand Paranjape spoke about a confluence of Spirituality and Science and the way forward.

These books are all Non-fiction, as you must have already noticed. I haven’t made any list for non fiction. I do, intend to continue my Project Cross Borders and Project India for the same!

With that,
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