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My 2021 Reading List

Looking back at the books I read at the end of a year is just a way to reflect on how I have grown as a person. I have loved reading since I learned how to at the age of five and have never been without a book since. The books I read show me how my tastes and thoughts have changed, evolved or been confirmed. Here are the ones that will stay with me and you will hear me quote or recommend: 1. Books that synthezied and articulated my beliefs in humanity and how we can do better and be better:   Humankind: A Hopeful History  by Ruger Bregman -  I have always said that humanity needs a better PR person, someone that will point out that most of us, most of the time, are good. But it's the exceptions that get the coverage. Bregman cites evidence to show that yes, we are capable of commiting atrocities but it takes a lot to get us there.      Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know by Adam Grant: a manifesto for living a life where we are constantly investigating the tru
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