A Year in Books — 2021
42 books and quotes that shaped and inspired me in 2021
“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”
— Charles W. Eliot
The transition from the old year to the new is, for many, a time for review and reflection. Personally, a big part of this is looking back through the year’s notebooks, and particularly the copious notes I take while reading books.
While doing this review, it has become a bit of a tradition to pick one quote from each book and post the collection here on Medium.
So without further ado, below are the 42 books I read in 2021, along with one quote that, for one reason or another, resonated with me.
The Drama of Being a Child: The Search for the True Self (Alice Miller)
“The true opposite of depression is neither gaiety nor absence of pain, but vitality — the freedom to experience spontaneous feelings.”
Rise of the Youpreneur: The Definitive Guide to Becoming the Go-To Leader in Your Industry and Building a Future-Proof Business (Chris Ducker)
“The biggest mistake I see people make is they don’t value their experience, the content they provide, and what they can do for people. […] Charge what you’re worth and don’t ever say you are sorry for it.”
Shape Up: Stop Running in Circles and Ship Work that Matters (Ryan Singer)
“In software, everything is possible but nothing is free.”
The Practice: Shipping Creative Work (Seth Godin)
“If you want to complain that you don’t have any good ideas, please show me all your bad ideas first.”