Top 10 Favorite Books of 2021

This past year I, like probably many of you, have spent a lot of time at home. There were those two weeks in quarantine from returning to Korea from the States, going on two years of teaching students remotely, and just general lack of interest in meeting up with people because of the constantly changing Korean regulations for larger groups.

As frustrating as COVID times have been for extraverts, I find myself going deeper and deeper into my turtle shell. The introvert in me is elated because that means that I get to recharge, learn and grow through reading and listening to audiobooks. I wrote more about using Libby App in last year’s post about my favorite books, check it out here.

So without further ado, let’s see which classics, self-help, fictional books were on my reading list this year

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

While this book inspired the film, my introduction to it was reversed. I watched the Netflix film, mostly for the admiration of the leading ladies like Taraji P. Henson and Octava Spencer, as well as the male role of Kevin Costner. It’s rare to see a movie focus on such strong female characters, so I knew that the book has to be even better, full of details and stories which are usually skipped by the movies for the sake of screen time. I wasn’t disappointed! So, if this storyline interests you (The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race), check out this book!

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Exercised by Daniel Lieberman

An incredibly fascinating look on physical activity from the beginning of time to now, what it means to sit and its long-term effects, to walk (barefoot or not), and to be active in general. Get ready to have your mind blown with scientific studies, common myths, explanations, and recommendations, it’s simpler than you think to be healthy and active but you have to pick up this book and read it while standing up, haha. Read the book to see why!

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Breasts by Florence Williams

This book out to get your attention!

Eyes, up here!

I won’t pretend that the title of this book didn’t also intrigue me. It did and knowing that I thoroughly enjoyed Florence Williams’ book “Nature Fix,” I decided to give this one a try. I love the author’s journalistic approach to her topics, fewer opinions, and more facts and studies. This entertaining yet informative book will leave you stunned, probably rethinking your own diet, your environment, breastfeeding, and the chemicals that we use. Without giving away too much, grab Breasts Book on Amazon and get your learn on!

Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk

Alright! You had your fun giggling about boobs and knockers during the last book, now it’s time to get serious! It’s time to Crush It! Do you have an idea, a passion, or a hobby that you’ve been toying around with and considering turning into a full-time business? Gary Vee will guide all you naysayers and but-what-about-ers into ignoring your doubts and instead, cash in on your passion. Now is the time to start a website, grow your social media, create your legacy, grow your community and tribe and do what you love. Follow his step-by-step guide, filled with plenty of personal examples and stories, because Gary Vee has lived what he preaches and if you don’t believe me, join his millions of followers on Youtube, Instagram, Twitter platforms where he never sugarcoats his very powerful opinions and recommendations. Gary Vee and his book(s) are the kick in the pants you need today!

Get Crush It! on Amazon

Lessons by Gisele Bundchen

It’s true that ever since I was ten or twelve years old, I wanted to be a model. Looking at the old magazines with Amber Valetta, the world of transformation, makeup, and cool outfits seemed so magical and distant. Nowadays, being older and wiser, I can see that to the outsider that glamorous world seems perfect and admirable but what actually happens inside the industry is upsetting, unhealthy and at times predatory.

Listening to Gisele Bundchen’s book Lesson helped to gain a peek inside that world even further. It illustrates how hard someone has to work in order to remain on top. The challenges and obstacles one has to face while the rest of the world assumes that the lives of the rich and famous are carefree and glamorous. We forget that everyday anxieties and stresses can also affect those from the magazine covers or the runways.

I appreciate the author’s tenacity and recommendations for a healthier lifestyle, focusing on the often-overlooked benefits of Meditation, stretching, yoga. As a regular yogi and healthy lifestyle fan, I think I would really enjoy chatting with Gisele over a cup of my homemade Kombucha over a campfire at our Montana property.

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Dracula by Bram Stoker

During my high school or university years, sadly I never had the chance to read Bram Stoker’s classic – Dracula. Listening to its Audio version now, with the insanely talented narrators Tavia Gilbert and J.P. Guimont, you’re submerged in the world of horror, anticipation, and excitement. The accents, the language, the storytelling are absolutely spot on in drawing you in and leaving you thirsty for more with every minute. I highly recommend taking 19 hours to listen to this wonderful book and even if you are already familiar with this story, it’s downright delicious listening!

Devour it on Amazon

The Nature Fix by Florence Williams

Another entertaining and informative read by Florence Williams (author of Breasts, mentioned above). Again, in her reporter style, Williams traverses the world in search of proof and facts as to why nature helps, heals, and makes us more creative. Don’t take my word for it, or her word for it, pick up this book and once again be convinced that nature, like exercise, is important for our longevity and livelihood. We need a regular dose of nature to fight off stress, anxiety, weight gain, hypertension, and more. We need to get our Vitamin D from the sun, our curiosity from exploring an unknown area, and our exercise from walking the trails, not on a mindless treadmill.

My favorite parts were about forest therapy in Korea, as well as other similar programs around the world in Japan, and Finland.

Find your favorite stories from The Nature Fix on Amazon

You’re a Badass by Jen Sincero

Sometimes I get my ideas for the next book to read by seeing another person reading it.

What can I say — Monkey See, Monkey Do.

This was the case with Jen Sincero’s books “You’re a Badass,” which is actually a trilogy of Books (You’re a Badass at Making Money, You’re a Badass How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life, You’re a Badass Every day all available on Amazon).

Like Gary Vee, get a kick in the pants and jumpstart your life. Stop making excuses, figure out your finances and live a better life. With plenty of helpful recommendations and exercises, Sincero will be the sister/aunt/mama-bear you need to finally become the badass you can be!

I Will Teach You to Be Rich by Ramit Sethi

Another one? Is she serious???

Did you think that changing your mindset towards money, what you want and don’t want in life was easy? That a single book/class/article/post/IG story was going to change your life for once and for all? Did you think that making more money will automatically solve your problems and help you feel happier/wealthier and more fulfilled?

Join the club of continuous education and life-long self-improvement, and when you read/listen to Ramit Sethi in this book or subscribe to his newsletters or listen to him being interviewed you’ll see that the dude is also a living breathing experiment. How to get a better job, How to be smarter with money, How to be more productive, Sethi has helped over 42,000 students answer those questions. Maybe you’re next!

Get I Will Teach You to Be Rich on Amazon

Building a Story Brand by Donald Miller

Do you own a product/service or plan on starting a product/service (remember, Gary Vee said the best time is NOW)? Heck, even if you don’t, our name and online persona is the product that we put out there for the world to see and interpret. Don’t we want to send out a clear message? Don’t we want to entice our friends/customers/patients to buy from us or use our services?

Of course!

I believe in the power of storytelling after discovering this book and have already started to utilize its elements in our Montana-based business, The Hohnstead.

To level up your own brand and storytelling abilities, get this book on Amazon.

Thank me later 😛

I hope that you got some new ideas for your own reading journey in 2022. Let me know if you’ve read any of these books in the comments below or if you have any similar recommendations, I’m always excited to see what my readers are enjoying.

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