33 Books to Read in 2021

A long-term goal is to read through my entire library of books, cover to cover before my oldest child goes to college. To do this, I need to read a little more than 30 books a year! It is not impossible but definitely takes a system and intentionality on the front-end so that I spend very little time deciding what book to read next once I am finished reading another – and to make sure I am not tempted to read the latest popular literature. There is not anything wrong with reading the books at the top of the bestsellers lists but I have a very specific set of over 500 books that I want to read in my life which will take focus. Some of the books I have already read but of the 500 or more I would like to read, a little less than 400 of them I want to read or revisit in the next 13 years. If you would like to know a little more, you can read more about my list of essential books, my method for choosing books to read, or my general philosophy on knowledge and reading on a variety of subjects.

You can also skip all of that and take a look at the books I am planning to read in 2021! Most of these I am reading for the first time, but a few I am rereading.

  1. The Human Condition by Hannah Arendt (1958)
  2. The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln (1863)
  3. The Sabbath: It’s Meaning for Modern Man by Abraham Joshua Heschel (1951)
  4. The Use of Knowledge in Society by Friedrich Hayek (1945)
  5. A New Guide to Rational Living by Albert Ellis (1961)
  6. The Dhammapada (400 B.C.)
  7. The Art of War by Sun Tzu (500 B.C.)
  8. The Art of Money Getting: Golden Rules for Making Money by P.T. Barnum (1880)
  9. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (1955)
  10. How to Talk so Kids Will Listen & Listen so Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber (1996)
  11. I and Thou by Martin Buber (1923)
  12. Politics by Aristotle (350 B.C.)
  13. The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis (1949)
  14. Progress and Poverty by Henry George (1879)
  15. The Complete Enneagram: 27 Paths to Greater Self-Knowledge by Beatrice Chestnut (2013)
  16. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (180 A.D.)
  17. Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money – that the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! by Robert T. Kiyosaki (1997)
  18. Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight (2016)
  19. East of Eden by John Steinbeck (1952)
  20. Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary (1968)
  21. The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius (524 A.D.)
  22. Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau (1849)
  23. The Pursuit of God: The Human Thirst for the Divine by A.W. Tozer (1948)
  24. The Great Crash of 1929 by John Kenneth Gailbrath (1954)
  25. Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Anders K. Ericsson (2016)
  26. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (1936)
  27. The Compound Effect: Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success by Darren Hardy (2010)
  28. Black Box Thinking: Why Some People Never Learn from Their Mistakes – But Some Do by Matthew Syed (2015)
  29. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813)
  30. Charlie Parker Played Be Bop by Chris Raschka (1992)
  31. Pensees by Blaise Pascal (1670)
  32. Crito by Plato (385 B.C.)
  33. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis (1942)

There it is! It feels ambitious when I look at the length of some of these books and think about needing to read 1 book every 11 days… non-stop. However, there are shorter books on this list as well so hopefully it will even out!

What books are you planning to read this year?

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