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has been an interesting year where people, including myself, are adapting to the pandemic lifestyle. While finding the right balance between cautious optimism and ever-changing variants, books gave me a great safe space to think and reflect. Here are the top 5 books I read for 2021.

My Top 5 List

1. The…

How Lessons From 100 Years Ago Are Truer Than Ever

The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind


I’m impressed whenever I read centuries-old literature that is still applicable in this day and age. I’m especially in awe when I read The Crowd, written by French psychologist Le Bon in 1895, way before the invention of any modern communication methods. One hundred years later, with the emergence of…

The Secrets to Becoming a Master Storyteller

Stories That Stick: How Storytelling Can Captivate Customers, Influence Audiences, and Transform Your Business


torytelling is one of the most underappreciated traits in the modern world. In a society where people are bombarded by tons of information each day, it becomes harder to make a product stand out simply by listing out hard facts because there are a million others messages that sound just…

How to Think and Act Like a Stoic



editations is one of the most renowned pieces of ancient texts, and for good reasons: it’s important Stoicism literature that contains thoughts and beliefs of a Roman emperor, Marcus Aurelius.

I read this book to understand Stoicism, a school of philosophy that influences many generations and can still be found…

The Secrets to Happiness According to Science and Ancient Wisdom

The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom


How to be happy? It is the question of eternal debate between science and religion, between ancient and modern world. Each party presents its own arguments and they often seem contradictory. In his book, Jonathan Haidt, an American social psychologist and a professor, sets out on a quest to answer…

How to Live with Peace, Compassion, and Happiness

The Art of Living: Peace and Freedom in the Here and Now


Not sure if it is just because I’m just having “one of those weeks” or COVIDepression finally caught up with me, I felt very sluggish and anxious for the past few days. I constantly worried about different aspects of my life such as my finance, my career, etc. Amid all…

The Thrilling Story of A Billion-Dollar Scam

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup


ad Blood is a clear demonstration that real life can be even crazier than fiction writers’ wildest imagination. The non-fiction book details the rise and fall of Theranos, a multi-billion-dollar scam that promised to revolutionize health care and fooled almost everyone including big names like Henry Kissinger and George Schulz…

What is Like Going on an Adventure With One of the Great Minds

“Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!”: Adventures of a Curious Character


Before reading this book, I heard of the name “Richard Feynman” mostly from two places, one is from physics books such as A Brief History of Time, the other place is from the “Feynman technique”, which is essentially a way of learning through teaching. Without any background knowledge of Mr…

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