reading books 2021

My Reading List (aka Booket List 😉 ) for 2021

Exploring, Tech & Design

Hello New Year – hello old me! But this is not another NY resolutions post. These are the books I decided I wanted to read and so I made a reading challenge for 2021. This will also serve me as a way to keep track of the books I I’m reading. Wanna join me?

I will come back and update the status of my books for 2021 regularly. Maybe you’ll find a title that will stir up your curiosity too! If you click on it, it will take you to the Goodreads page so you can see an excerpt and check the reviews.

21 books for 2021

Tell me your favourites in the comments so I know what to read next.

1– “Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant” by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne

2– “Ogilvy on Advertising” by David Ogilvy

3–”Building A Story Brand” by Donald Miller

4 – “The Execution Factor: The One Skill That Drives Success ” by Kim Perrel

5 – “ The Art of Digital Marketing: The Definitive Guide to Creating Strategic, Targeted, and Measurable Online Campaigns ” by Ian Dodson

6 – “Effective Seo and Content Marketing: The Ultimate Guide for Maximizing Free Web Traffic” by Nicolaos Papagiannis

7 – “How to stop worrying and start living” ~ Dale Carnegie

100% COMPLETED ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ // 05/02/2021

A book to keep at reach. It gives advice and a lot of personal experiences by different people so there must be someone who has a method to worry less that will resonate with you.

#mindset #lifestyle

8 – “The courage to be disliked” ~ Ichiro Kashimi and Fumitake Koga

100% COMPLETED ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ // 22/03/2021

Eye-opening and mind-blowing. It’s a Plato-Socrates like dialog, a philosophical/psychological conversation that takes you along the lessons of Adlerian psychology. It’s a number #1 must read. If I ever make a list of mindset / lifestyle / philosophy books this one would go on top. I must say at one point I had a bit of trouble sticking to it but it should ony take a chapter or two to feel immersed on the narrative again.

This is part of the excerpt in Goodreads “The Courage to be Disliked shows you how to unlock the power within yourself to become your best and truest self, change your future and find lasting happiness. Using the theories of Alfred Adler, one of the three giants of 19th century psychology alongside Freud and Jung, the authors explain how we are all free to determine our own future free of the shackles of past experiences, doubts and the expectations of others. It’s a philosophy that’s profoundly liberating, allowing us to develop the courage to change, and to ignore the limitations that we and those around us can place on ourselves.”

But it’s much better than other actual popular books that make similar promises. I’d say if you wanna start spending some time reading to improve your life, start here. I must warn you though, it will be a wild ride.

#mindset #lifestyle

9 – “The Truths We Hold :An American Journey” ~ Kamala Harris

10 – “SELL LIKE CRAZY: How to Get As Many Clients, Customers and Sales As You Can Possibly Handle ” ~ Sabry Suby

11 – “Thinking, Fast and Slow ” ~ Daniel Kahneman

12 – “The Future Is Faster Than You Think: How Converging Technologies Are Transforming Business, Industries, and Our Lives ” by Peter H. Diamandis,  Steven Culture

13 – “How Not to Die : Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease” ~ Michael Greger M.D. with Gene Stone

6% COMPLETED

14 – “The tipping point: How little things can make a big difference ” ~Malcolm Gladwell

15 – “How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy ” ~ Jenny Odell

16 – “Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones ” ~ James Clear

17 – “The Laws of Human Nature ” ~ Robert Greene

18 – “Untamed” ~ Glennon Doyle

60% COMPLETED

19 – “Imagine it forward: Courage, Creativity and the Power of Change” ~ by Beth Comstock

100% COMPLETED // 24/01/21 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️

Although it took me a long time to read and I thought I wouldn’t make it to the end it happened to be worth it (but a couple of lockdowns happened in the meantime -is that a good excuse?)

What I value the most is its relevance, the innovation mindset and the insights about Beth’s work at GE and the resilience she shows in pursuing change and how she shares it and teaches.

#innovation #tech #mkt

Books To study / continuos reading in 2021

20 – “The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations for Clarity, Effectiveness, and Serenity ” by Ryan Holiday

25% COMPLETED

21– “Mastering Fashion Buying and Merchandising Management” by David Shaw

Further additions

22– “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson

14% COMPLETED

23 – “Norma Kamali: I Am Invincible ” by Norma Kamali

24 – “The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries

Unfinished Books / Pending / Older Want to Read (or even yet to start)

-1 – “The End of Fashion: How Marketing Changed the Clothing Business Forever ” by Tery Agins

100% COMPLETED // 07/02/21 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I should re-read it and I’ve just finished it. Nice dip into the fashion world and the history of the luxury / biggest name brands of today. It has a special way of interlinking the history of every fashion house, so smoothly that sometimes I forgot who we were talking about. But it’s a must I should recommend to my future self XD

-2 – “Nomad Capitalist: How to Reclaim Your Freedom with Offshore Bank Accounts, Dual Citizenship, Foreign Companies, and Overseas Investments ” by Andrew Henderson

-3 – “The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy ” by Thomas J. Stanley,  William D. Danko

Recommendations

These are the books I found good enough to share around the blog in previous times. You’ll find them on:

– IMAGINATION, THE FORGOTTEN TOOL FOR CREATIVITY

– CREATIVE BOOKS FOR THE ARTIST IN YOU (1) & CREATIVE BOOKS FOR THE ARTIST IN YOU (2)

– Firstly 5 BOOKS I WANT TO READ BEFORE CHRISTMAS, FOR GIRLBOSSES and secondly BOOKS FOR THE GIRL BOSS – UPDATE

– 7 THINGS TO UNCOVER THIS JULY (MONTHLY LINKS TO CHECKOUT)

– Many good ones here : THINGS WORTH SHARING #AUGUST2019

– 5 THINGS WORTH SHARING – THE “APRISOLATION” EDITION (EXPANDED)

– READ, LISTEN, WATCH ~ SEPTEMBER 20

Old time “favourites” (or those that most influenced my past self)

– “1984” by George Orwell

– ” The last lecture” by Randy Pausch

Read, listen, watch ~ September 20

Exploring

So… Welcome to my new format of monthly links and recommendations! Straightforward, digestible and lighter… because I’m leaving the heavy stuff out to elaborate by topic. So from now on, I’ll tackle the design/tech links, the fashion links and the travel links in individual posts that add more value and are less time-consuming!

BTW, if you wanna stay in the know, leave your email and you’ll be able to read my posts directly from your email (or just swipe and send them directly to the bin. But preferably, mark them with a star and treasure them for a future moment!)

READING

Not that my Kindle has been burning lately. As it goes, one month I’m just reading all the time, then weeks fly by and I haven’t flipped a page. But, here’s what’s been in my devices:

Two books on this list are about/by bloggers, even if they are entirely different one from the other. But I’ve “known” them both for a while and couldn’t stop myself from digging more into their stories. Those books fall more under the entertainment genre, but they make a nice read.

On the other hand, Perennial Seller is the kind of book I love. Tackling marketing and the creative struggle, showing real-world examples and experiences, giving me a lot to think about.

Studying :

  • Mastering Fashion Buying and Merchandising Management by Tim Jackson and David Shaw

LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. For me this is both entertaining, educational and inspiring. Please understand. 😅

LISTENING

Now I’m listening to… My Youtube music mix, in which lately I get quite bit of :

Let’s say I have pretty eclectic tastes, especially in music. I love most popular things (though I’ll never ever surrender to reggeaton) but also rock and 60’s oldies.

For a more informative listen, maybe you’d like to dip your toes on the Business Podcast by the Morning Brew (I receive their newsletter every day – and that’s a good daily read in fact!). One I found particularly “worth sharing” is this: Your Crash Course on Supply Chains, Globalization, and COVID-19 by Business Casual

WATCHING

I recently watched the documentary Unstoppable about Bethany Hamilton on Netflix (who you may know even if you are not into surfing from the movie Soul surfer – yes, the surfer girl that lost an arm to a shark). But the interesting part of the story is all that came after that, seeing and learning how she kept on with her dreams and became the incredible person and athlete that she is. Inspiring is way an understatement.

On Youtube:

When it comes to humour, may it be light may it be harsh, I check these channels:

  • Julie Nolke: comedy and parody, so relatable it almost hurts.

And because I have a camera that makes magic but needs my collaboration, I’ve been learning and getting inspired by some videos from:

But I’m afraid the list will grow rapidly.

On Netflix :

  • The Good Place: This show is really, really good. With a sense of humour and a good dose of philosophy, it will have you thinking quite a bit. Entertaining, mind-nurturing and feel-good vibe.
  • Hollywood: For all of those who like cinema and films… this is a heart-warming but also drama show. If Hollywood had been its best version in the forty’s, this is how it could have gone. It touches on many issues still so relevant today (and the settings and fashion look so nice!).

Signing this off now and wishing you a very good month,

Lena*

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