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Frugal Local’s top books to read for 2021

My top books on my reading list

Frugal has a new list of top books to read for 2022. I would like to introduce what I have been reading, what I think is worth it and what I think you should get. I know not everyone loves reading, and that’s okay. Well, I don’t like reading either. I do the audio book thing. 

Most of the the books below are available on Audible, with the exception of one or two.  

Let’s jump in!

Mental health

By far the best book I’ve read on mental health this year has been Snakes in Suits. Though I know that not everyone works in a toxic environment, many people find out too late.

Snakes in Suits

By Paul Babiak and Robert D. Hare

These PHD Doctors study psychopaths in the workplace and explain how these toxic people work and function. If you’re in a tough workplace, you will benefit from this book! 

Startup/small business books

This year I focused a bit on business books and systems. It’s not been easy to find excellent books in the last year, but the ones below are the best!

The Personal MBA

By Josh Kaufman

If you’re looking for valuable concepts such as forms of value (systems), understanding sales and marketing and what’s important in business – then this book is for you! 

12 Months to $1 Million

By Ryan Daniel Moran

I call this my amazing spammy book. The book advocates finding clients/tribe/group first, rather than trying to sell a product to new clients. Excellent read!

Start now
Get perfect later

By Rob Moore

If you have problems with starting – then this should help you. We often want to have the perfect product, life or situation before we take action. How about just starting?

Extreme Ownership

By Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Not one of my usual reads, but I believe that we, as leaders need to take more responsibility for what we do – and this book echoes this. Unless leaders take ownership, they cannot win.

Fictional books

I always include a fiction section in my books of the year. This year I included a series of 3 books. I find them brilliantly written with excellent details. 

Dune

By Frank Herbert

If you’re into long books with a good ending, then this one is quite worth it. And if you want to watch the movie, then why not? It’s a science fiction book that was published in 1965 – but still relevant today!

The Queen's Gambit

By Walter Tevis

I don’t really watch television or series, but I really did enjoy this book. It talks about issues that we have, even today – substance abuse, conflict, neglect and sacrifices for winning.

Sherlock Holmes

By Arthur Conan Doyle (read by Sir Stephen Fry)

Sherlock Holmes, though a classic, is an excellent, easy read. If you’re lookiing for a audio book to enjoy while driving – Stephen Fry’s voice does the book so much justice.  

The picture of Dorian Dray

By Oscar Wilde

Explore the folly of youth and the idea that staying young forever will be a good thing. Dorian realises in time that this is a curse more than a blessing.  

Interview with a Vampire

By Anne Rice

A classic in vampire literature, this book takes you on a journey from New Orleans to Paris – and how the vampire Louis has to come to terms with his (eternal) life. 

 

Conclusion

When you’re working hard, a good fiction book really helps a lot. A good balance in your reading is something valuable.

My business reading journey has been focused on understanding business systems – I want to understand the core fundamental systems that businesses implement to make money – and what those are. If you know the systems, you should be able to apply them to any business. Just beware of simple hacks – these are often half baked truths that aren’t universal!

Have a wonderful day. 

Happy investing.

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