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Top 5 Books I’ve Read in 2020 – Goodreads Challenge

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Oh look, my first article en anglais and it will be about the top 5 books I’ve read. How wonderful!

I read 2 books last year, and it took me 2.5 months to finish.

I’ve always preferred watching than reading. Imagine watching YouTube, with popcorn chicken on the side and a glass of Coke Classic to accompany. THAT is the life.

I have no idea why, but I started to see a lot more people reading books as 2019 came to an end. I am sure it’s purely coincidental, but that gave me the wake up call.

Picked up the pace in January 2020, I started the year by reading Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance.

I took my time, and as a massive believer of consistency, I spared the time to read everyday,

and I can’t stop..

2 key reasons why: I came across a challenge by Goodreads (24 books in 12 months), and I came across the BEST self-help book for consistency.

I am not going to talk about ALL 12 books I have read by June, but I will make sure to mention all of them.

This might be a crappy first English entry for this Blog, but rest assured you’ll finish this article wanting to read at least one of them.

This is a checkpoint for me, and here are my top 5 books that I’ve read.

Here goes!

5. Rosie Project (Graeme Simsion)

rosie project

To start the top 5 books we have the unexpected.

If you think this book’s about cyborg project named “Rosie”, you ain’t close at all. Rosie Project reminds me of Forrest Gump. 

It is Innocent, yet trembling. It feels like a swing trading experience, but through a story instead of stock market.

I am not going to share a synopsis because it is available everywhere (or click here), but I can tell you 1 thing for sure; this book is definitely up there.

As someone who is trying to read frequently, the story flows smoothly with my reading pace. It can be quite tough to understand some things, but the book always manage to make it easy.

One of the biggest reason why this book is up in the list is due to this; the rest of the books in the list will definitely work your brain more than Rosie Project.

It is a good 1-week period when I read this book, especially when I immersed myself as a third person looking at the main characters (Don, Rosie, Gene, etc).

So let me say that again, this book is up there because it was a good “checkpoint” period for my reading journey, after reading multiple, deep, insightful books.

Buy Rosie Project

4. Rich Dad, Poor Dad (Robert Kiyosaki)

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Fun fact: I have read this book twice

A lot of books are there because of the insight, few of them are there to push you further in life.

To motivate you, and help you imagine things that you’ve never thought of in order to be a little bit better.

This is definitely that book.

If you want to be successful in real estate, in money managing, or pretty much anything, this book is definitely a hit as well.

But if for some reason, you would like a book that spoil you with light stories, this is also the one.

In a nutshell, the book shares the story of Robert Kiyosaki to become who he is today.

Rich Dad, Poor Dad simply means that there are 2 different dads that played a massive role throughout his life seeking knowledge and financial freedom.

Was it a step-dad? Or grand-dad? Gotta read it yourself for sure.

I can assure you that this book will act as a fundamental structure for your mind, should you decide to enjoy it.

Buy Rich Dad Poor Dad

3. Elon Musk (Ashlee Vance)

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As mentioned, the first book I’ve read throughout 2020, and probably one of the best books out there.

I would like to get out of reality for a bit that time, and reading a biography is probably the best method in doing so. 

Everyone knows Elon Musk, but to understand his life further from the very beginning gives me a sense of prestige.

While everyone knows him from Tesla, SpaceX, or The Boring Company, reading that book has made me aware of his origin in South Africa, what he was like building past companies, and so on.

On the other hand, the book taught me how awesome human brains are, and how there will always be a dedicated path for you as long as you try.

As a bonus, you also gotta remember that reading this book will make you sound smarter the next time you talk to anyone Elon-related.

It can get heavy at times, especially the fact that I started my reading journey with this one, but pretty sure I have no regrets.

Buy Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

2. Red Notice (Bill Browder)

red notice

“How I became Putin’s No. 1 Enemy”. Probably the best sentence ever.

If Elon Musk and Rich Dad Poor Dad were definitely in my reading list from the beginning, Red Notice was no where near it.

It was my girlfriend who managed to get me into it.

My partner loves this kind of controversial books, but I wasn’t a fan of it. Red Notice, in particular, was heavy, with lots of pages, and smaller fonts.

None of those I look forward to in my early reading journey.

But there was this one time where I decided to read the first few pages as she kept on forcing me…

..and oh boy it was the most attention-grabbing few pages, ever.

It was probably the fastest book I have ever finished as well (taking into account the heavy content and pages)

If you love controversial, finance, Russian and oligarch kind of stuff, this book is definitely the #1 priority for you to read right now.

But if you don’t think you have the knowledge in finance to read this, don’t be. My partner was exactly like this, and she survived.

Buy Red Notice

1. Atomic Habit (James Clear)

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A lot of the (positive) habits I have been doing right now will not be possible without this book, which is the primary reason why this book is the pinnacle of my top 5 books list.

I always have this thinking that being successful starts with what you do on a daily basis.

The book really emphasises on that, and teaches readers exactly how to do so.

It might not necessarily means switching your habit, but doing so yields a snowballing effect for you in the long-term.

“What do you mean by snowballing?”

Simply put, it is an idiom(?) that describes the process of compounding interest in finance (basically the things you accumulate will contribute back, meaning it will contribute exponentially)

I hope you guys got it.. but anyways..

Atomic Habit is not only an easy-to-read book, it is an easy-to-implement book, super easy that I started several habits already until now.

It is the book that boost my motivation to ready everyday, this book made me do push-ups everyday, and this book made me stop looking at my investment portfolio everyday.

If you’re looking for a book that doesn’t only change your mindset but also your action almost immediately, read Atomic Habit.

Buy Atomic Habit

Other top books I have read

Don’t get me wrong, the rest of the books are bangers as well. But I can’t help but to make a Top 5 books list as I understand that the concept will entice more readers (Yes, I am a Marketer)

Here are the other books:

  • Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell: If this article is titled “6” instead of “5”, this will be up there.
  • Normal People by Sally Rooney: For those who love romantic, sexy kind of stories.
  • Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill: Another must read finance book to set your mindset right.
  • A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton G. Malkiel: Yet another must-read financial related book.
  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah: This one’s a banger for sure. Top 5’s probably too little, otherwise I’d include this as well 🙁
  • You’re Not Broke You’re Pre-Rich by Emilie Bellet: Another financial book with all-female source. I figure it’ll be super interesting to see different views.

For those of you who’d like to start reading making reading a habit, I suggest you start from Atomic Habit by James Clear, and go slowly with easy books.

Explore your genre, and I suggest you to start branching after you start feeling comfortable. 

I must say, though, that trying out different genre is a must in my opinion. You don’t want your comfort zone to be the reason you quit reading.

Last but not least, keep the consistency going, no matter how small it is.

Who knows, maybe you can make your own top 5 books to read in 2021!

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