2021 Reading Challenge

Do you set a reading challenge for yourself each year? Last January I decided I wanted to read 50 books in 2021.

I read a lot throughout the year, but didn’t quite hit my goal. 2021 ended with a grand total of 37 books read, or 74% of the way to my goal.

Although I read fewer books this year, I read more pages overall. This was because I tackled a few longer series like His Dark Materials and the Jeff/Michael Shaara books. They were good, but this coming year I’m going to try to pick up some shorter books. I don’t want to get sucked into reading a few thousand pages for each story again.

I’ll share the full list of what I read in 2021 below, and a few of my top choices from each category here.

Personal Finance

  • The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel
  • I Will Teach You to Be Rich by Ramit Sethi
  • The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason

History & Non-Fiction

  • First Family: Abigail and John Adams by Joseph J. Ellis
  • The First Salute by Barbara W. Tuchman
  • The Premonition by Michael Lewis


  • His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • The Kingsbridge Series by Ken Follett

Are you looking for a list of good personal finance books to read? Check out my recommendations here.

2021 Reading Challenge, part 1.
2021 Reading Challenge, part 1.
2021 Reading Challenge, part 2.
2021 Reading Challenge, part 2.

Did you set a reading challenge for 2022 yet? I use Goodreads to keep track throughout the year. They make it easy to keep wish lists too.

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