My top 5 books of 2019

While last year I had announced the top 10 books I read; based on the feedback I got, I realised it makes more sense to rather zero into my top 5 books this year.

Few patterns emerged, when I started reflecting on my reads this year:
  1. My top 3 books were written by women. While this happened organically, I see this as a reflection of my reading which has opened to diverse voices.
  2. Three of my top 5 books were authored/co-authored by prolific bloggers who share their learnings every week for free and yet have managed to write a book which sells. I subscribed/read/shared their blogs long before I read their books, helping me understand first hand the power of building a network by sharing your thoughts for free.
  3. With my 5-year-old son picking up reading this year, I started reading a lot more children books, some read to him as night time stories while others recommended by him so that we can share notes on these books. It is refreshing to have a child’s perspective on books and opening yourself to his imagination.
  4. I read a lot on Mental Models, People Management and People(biographies).
Without further ado, here are my top 5 books. I am adding the Goodreads links instead of Amazon or any other so that you can read the reviews and choose for yourself.

My Top 5 Books of 2019 (in no order of priority):
  1. Educated by Tara Westover
  2. Figuring by Maria Popova
  3. The Making of a Manager by Julie Zhuo
  4. The Great Mental Models by Shane Parrish & Rhiannon Beaubien
  5. The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee
What were your favourite reads in 2019? Look forward to hearing from you!

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