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2021 Reflection


In summary, I did not read as many books as I wanted this year. However, I accomplished a number of other big items, such as: married my wife and accepted an offer to attend business school at UVA Darden. Because of the amount of time required to study for the GMAT, complete MBA applications, and coordinate a wedding, I didn’t read as many books as I did last year, but I’m pleased with what I was able to accomplish.

It is hard to choose a favorite book for this year, because several of them stand out. In particular though, I liked The Innovators and Steve Jobs. Both of these books were written by the same author, they were enjoyable to read, and I learned a lot of information. Another favorite book was Jerusalem: The Biography because it forced me to learn significant historical events in the Middle East. The information was phenomenal, but it was not well presented. Jerusalem: The Biography was written like a history textbook, and it excluded a significant amount of relevant context, which made it challenging to read. If it was written better, then it easily would have been my favorite book of 2021.

My least favorite book was Hidden Truths, which was a book about tips for being a CEO. It contained lots of name dropping and seemed to be a niche book.

Notably, I also published a post called How Effective is a Modern Dishwasher? Experimental Tests Give a Clear Answer, which has sparked lots of heated discussions with friends. I wrote this post in response to an ongoing argument with my wife, in which I was trying to prove a point. Needless to say, doing experimental tests and writing a satirical paper about our dishwasher argument did not please her.

Books Read During 2021

  1. The Book of Job: Summary

  2. Enuma Elish ~ Author unknown

  3. Life of Pi ~ Yann Martel

  4. Financial Peace: Revisited ~ Dave Ramsey

  5. Accelerate: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations ~ Nicole Forsgren, Jez Humble, Gene Kim

  6. The DevOps Handbook ~ Gene Kim, Jez Humble, Patrick Debois, John Willis

  7. Sacred Marriage ~ Gary Thomas

  8. If You Can: How Millennials Can Get Rich Slowly ~ William Bernstein

  9. The Act of Marriage ~ Tim and Beverly LaHaye

  10. Money Master the Game ~ Tony Robbins

  11. The Black Swan ~ Nassim Nicholas Taleb

  12. Neuromancer ~ William Gibson

  13. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children ~ Ransom Riggs

  14. The Book of Hosea ~ Biblical study by Dale and Sandy Larsen

  15. Nature ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

  16. Thirty-One Prayers for my Wife ~ Aaron and Jennifer Smith

  17. Power Trip ~ Michael Webber

  18. War Room ~ Chris Fabry

  19. The McKinsey Way ~ Ethan M. Rasiel

  20. Sales Management that Works ~ Frank Cespedes

  21. Hidden Truths ~ David Fubini

  22. Steve Jobs ~ Walter Isaacson

  23. Fooled by Randomness ~ Nassim Nicholas Taleb

  24. The Innovators ~ Walter Isaacson

  25. The Magnolia Story ~ Chip and Joanna Gaines

  26. The Good Girl’s Guide to Great Sex ~ Sheila Wray Gregoire

  27. The 4-Hour Workweek ~ Timothy Ferriss

  28. The Divine Comedy: Purgatory ~ Dante Alighieri

  29. Love & Respect ~ Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

  30. The Divine Comedy: Paradiso ~ Dante Alighieri

  31. The Divine Comedy: Summary

  32. Superforecasting ~ Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner

  33. Beneath the Surface ~ Michael Phelps

  34. Jerusalem: The Biography ~ Simon Sebag Montefiore

  35. The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes ~ Neil Gaiman

  36. The Sandman Vol. 2: The Doll’s House ~ Neil Gaiman

Other posts from 2021

  1. Our Story

  2. The Nobel Prize for Parking Lot Volunteers

  3. How I Scored a 740 on the GMAT

  4. How Effective is a Modern Dishwasher? Experimental Tests Give a Clear Answer

  5. What is the Value of My Blog Posts?

  6. MBA Application Reflections

  7. The Book of David: Part 1 ~ Beth Moore

  8. The Book of Job: Part 2 ~ Biblical study by J. J. Packer

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