15 Books To Read In 2021

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In this video, I talk through 15 of my favourite books / series that I read in 2020. If you’re looking for some recommendations for the New Year, I’d 100% recommend everything on this list. Enjoy!

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00:00 Top 10 Non-Fiction Books
00:08 A Million Miles in a Thousand Years (Donald Miller)
02:01 How to Think More About Sex (Alain de Botton)
03:16 The Righteous Mind (Jonathan Haidt)
04:30 The Psychology of Money (Morgan Housel)
05:59 Storyworthy (Matthew Dicks)
08:09 How To Take Smart Notes (Sonke Ahrens)
08:24 The Ride of a Lifetime (Bob Iger)
08:43 The Elephant in the Brain (Simler & Hanson)
09:11 War Doctor (David Nott)
09:43 Natives (Akala)
10:19 Top 5 Fiction Books / Series
10:22 Wheel of Time (Robert Jordan)
11:27 Six of Crows (Leigh Bardugo)
12:34 Elantris (Brandon Sanderson)
13:41 Normal People (Sally Rooney)
14:40 The Original (Sanderson & Kowal)

Amazon Links to Books
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years – https://geni.us/IPPJ1y
How to Think More About Sex – https://geni.us/alainsex
The Righteous Mind – https://geni.us/elcPX
The Psychology of Money – https://geni.us/pLDAGaK
Storyworthy – https://geni.us/js3Ax
How To Take Smart Notes – https://geni.us/3WlAN
The Ride of a Lifetime – https://geni.us/Iv2jQyX
The Elephant in the Brain – https://geni.us/elephante
War Doctor – https://geni.us/0AHD
Natives – https://geni.us/natives

Wheel of Time – https://geni.us/3BVoog
Six of Crows – https://geni.us/crow
Mistborn – https://geni.us/pgFL
Normal People – https://geni.us/PHu4OKo
The Original – https://geni.us/35BrPW1

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I’m Ali, a junior doctor working in Cambridge, UK. I make videos about medicine, technology, productivity and lifestyle design. I also have a weekly podcast with my brother (https://www.notoverthinking.com), and I write a weekly email newsletter that contains some quick thoughts + links to interesting things (https://email.aliabdaal.com).

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Chocolate Muffin says:

"Molly moved back. Realized how nice it is to have a clean kitchen." Dude.

Yashesh Bhansali says:

How tf did you finish the entire wheel of time in such a short time. Tell me yo secret 😤

I P says:

I envy people like you so much including the fact that you are able to stay awake, earn money and live in leisure.

MJ says:

The reading clips 😂🤝awesome 🙏😂

Isha Sharma says:

Thanks for recommending such books

Xaysana PV says:

Please, share that book to me, thank you in advance. xaysana@snu.ac.kr

Mohamed Ifreen says:

Ali, Please read 12 rules for life by JBP.

Dirigo Diaboli says:

i like your approach

Dirigo Diaboli says:

You can't be a liberal – even if your sense of your ideological identity derives not of considered indecorum .
Your ethnic and religious provenance are incompatible with the political and sociological discipline , which predominate liberal extractions.
Don't delude yourself into incorporating a simulated ipseity.

jenn bi says:

Just stumbled upon your videos Ali… really nice, interesting 👍 I

Tim Howard says:

So your a liberal leftist. That explains a lot about who you are. Ecclasisatias 10:2 The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.

Pallavi Menon says:

Ali if you like YA fiction books you should try reading 'the infernal devices' by Cassandra Clare. It's one of my favourite book series!

Jashra Khan says:

At the moment I'm sitting with an iPad and a laptop digging deep into Austin Kleon's great work would surely add the recommendation in my reading list @Ali Abdaal.

shifa says:

Welcome to the crow club

Priyanshi says:

Fsog !!!!!!!!

InsiDious Gamer says:

I think there is a movie based on 'The Original'.
I forgot the name can anybody suggest.

Hina Abrar says:

My best read of 2021 is Six of Crows and I love it so much.

Mark Samples says:

Love that book by Donald Miller.

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