Best books I read in 2021 and highlights 📚

Best books I read in 2021

  1. Thinking in Bets
  2. The Almanack of Naval Ravikant
  3. Einstein: His Life and Universe
  4. Made to Stick
  5. Solitude

Highlights from The Almanack of Naval Ravikant

“What you work on is more important than how hard you work”

“Pick an industry where you can play long-term games with long-term people.”

Highlights from Thinking in Bets by Annie Duke

“Getting comfortable with “I’m not sure” is a vital step to being a better decision-maker.”

“In most of our decisions, we are not betting against another person. Rather, we are betting against all the future versions of ourselves that we are not choosing.”

Highlights from Solitude by Michael Harris

“The common cure for loneliness is more connections, yet exercising our solitude is another option.“

One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Overall observations

  • A good chunk of reads are biographies, just like last year.
  • Very few books age well, and bad writing cannot be masked even by interesting stories.
  • It’s been fun to pick up few books without looking up reviews. Solitude by Michael Harris was one of these finds. :)



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