Favorite Books 2020

One of the things that I am grateful about 2020 is definitely the down time. I did not realize how busy I always was until lockdown came. Suddenly I had nowhere to go, no invitation to attend to, no social activity. I got to spend all of my spare time at home reading books. And here are some of my favorites from last year.

  1. The Almanack of Naval Ravikant. I am always a fan of Naval. Reading this is like reading the summary of his thoughts.
  2. The Practice by Seth Godin. This book taught me to build a practice to do the work that matters. I often procrastinate and overthink before I do something. Therefore, I am currently learning to take emotions out of the practice and just do the work. This blog is one of the results from it.
  3. Genghis Khan and the Making of Modern World. I got really hooked by this book, it has definitely changed my perception of geopolitics. I learned so much on how Genghis Khan and the Mongols contributed to reshape the world as we know today. One of the best books I read last year!
  4. The Erotic Mind by Jack Morin. This book taught me to explore my sexual desires and needs. In life, sex is part of the discovery of self. However, growing up in a conservative country, sex has been isolated. It is even a taboo to talk about it. This book has definitely helped me to understand my sexual fantasy better–and make peace with it.
  5. The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean. This is probably the most compelling non-fiction book I have ever read. It really captures the terrifying forces of the sea and our relationship with it. In a way, it also made me want to be a surfer.
  6. Living Beautifully by Pema Chodron. It is a very simple and uplifting book. It taught me to live without a story line and take whatever shows up in my experiences. Not easy in practice!
  7. Personalities on the Plate: The Lives and Minds of Animals We Eat. This book turned me into a vegetarian for 6 months.
  8. What Makes Sammy Run. The only fiction book on this list. I don’t read a lot of fiction, but I just love this novel. It shows a story of a man with ruthless ambition during the old Hollywood time. I just can’t help but to be intrigued by the characters!
  9. No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram. This is an amazing book, not only about Instagram, but also on Silicon Valley culture. It was also nicely written, I finished the book within a few days.
  10. Untamed by Glennon Doyle. This is a book about one woman’s experiences, but so much of what she wrote will ring true to many of us. So raw and honest!
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