Weiting's 2021 Books Read and Recommended
Author: Weiting Bollu | December 2021
2021 Goal: read 1 book per month
To be honest, I have a very hard time finding time to sit down and read. I'm not a fast reader. I find that I have a hard time focusing on text, videos, and audio for an extended period of time. I have been more of a learn-by-doing human.
I've picked up books, started it, and then stopped reading because "life got busy". That's a sorry ass of an excuse - I know. I failed to complete several books - all listed below.
It's emotionally painful for me because I want to read more and I want to read FASTER. There exists knowledge in books and I want to learn more. I believe that life's a lifelong learning journey.
What's interesting is that it's very different from my ability to do deep work for several hours without interruption. No music, no social media, no phone distractions - I can do that no problem. But when it comes to reading, that is not the case.
With that in mind, I set out to read just 1 book a month in 2021. My thoughts were: if I can just read 1 book a month, I have grown a little bit wiser this month than where I was last month.
On December 25, 2021, I counted the number of books I read. To my surprise, I finished 15 solid books. I didn't finish 1 book per month as some months got away from me.
Some may look at this and laugh at the fact I was only able to read 15 books. For me, I celebrated because it's a win in my books and I will take it.
"Hoorah, Fully Completed List"
Several pats on the back to myself for completing at least 12 books this year. Whether it was hardcopy, audio, or Kindle - I finished!
"Started, but Failed to Complete" List
This is the list of books I made an effort to read in 2021 but for some reason or another, I failed to complete it.
Some, I want to try again in the future. Some, I didn't enjoy it so I will leave it unfinished for now. We'll see.
What Happened to You? - Bruce D Perry, Oprah Winfrey