Top Books of 2021

They said 2021 was going to be different than 2020… Alas, we still found ourselves in periods of lockdown, covid anxiety, and pandemic pandemonium. A disaster for ones’ social life, but quite conducive to dedicated reading time.

With everything happening in the world this past year, I found myself peculiarly drawn to books on investing and finance. Three of them made the top 5 and I highly recommend them, regardless of your past investing knowledge.

Here are my top 5 books of 2021:

5. Breath by James Nestor

Breath is everything. Breathe through your nose.
I love the style of James Nestor’s books; he’s a great writer who delves into topics with humility and self-experimentation.  In this case, the world of breathing (aka everything), made interesting through his own medically guided experiment with breath work.

4. Richer, Wiser, Happier by William Green

The first investing book to appear on the list, I loved it because the writer is a journalist (not an investor), but is fascinated with marquee investors. This book is his interviews with some of the world’s top investors, having them explain their strategies to a complete novice.

3. Crossroads by Kaleb Dahlgren

It’s not my top 5 list without a sports book, this one hits home and hits hard. Written by a survivor of the tragic Humboldt Broncos crash in 2018, it’s one of the more powerful memoirs I’ve ever read. Huge respect for Kaleb and just so sad to read the tragedy from the ground level. This book made it’s way through most of my family this year as a must-read.

2. The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel

Perhaps the most pragmatic investing book I have ever read. Housel hammers home how everything financially related in your life, comes down to your relationship with money. Except he puts it in much better terms than I just tried to there.

1. The Almanack of Naval Ravikant: A Guide to Wealth and Happiness by Eric Jorgenson

Loved this book and was my most gifted book of 2021. Naval Ravikant is one of the best thinkers in our time; Jorgenson compiles and organizes an entire book made up of Ravikant’s tweets, interviews, etc. Hard to put down, will be re-reading this month.