The 32 Books I Read in 2021, Reviewed in 3 Words/Phrases


1. Modern Love by Daniel Jones

Heartfelt. Some stories are meh. 95% of the stories are by published writers. [3 🌟Full review]

2. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Unlikeable characters. Annoying as hell. Whatever. [1.5 🌟Full review]

3. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Balik eskwela feels. Information overload. Science and Technology. [4 🌟Full review]

4. Daring Greatly by BrenΓ© Brown

Vulnerability. Compassion. Medyo paulit-ulit. [4 🌟 – Full review]

5. Storyworthy by Matthew Dicks

Highly entertaining. Lots of interesting personal stories. A must-read for everyone. [5 🌟 – Full review]

6. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Strange in a good way. Disturbing but charming. Love Merricat. [5 🌟 – Full review]

7. Essentialism by Greg McKeown

Streamlining. Mostly about corporate work and super busy people. Elitist? [2.5 🌟 – Full review]

8. The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel

Humility. Role of luck and risk. Be flexible. [4.5 🌟 – Full review]

9. Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

Super entertaining start tapos biglang nag U turn. Too much testosterone. Keso. [2 🌟 – Full review]

10. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Great storytelling. Entertaining pero may part na too woo-woo for me. Makes you want to travel and learn new languages and eat yummy food. [3 🌟 – Full review]

11. The Chicken Sisters by K.J. Dell’Antonia

Delightful start and middle. Unlikeable main characters. Spilled secrets and sabotage. [3.5 🌟 – Full review]

12. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Be more rational. Wag tamad magisip. Nakakabobo yung pagka comprehensive. [2.5 🌟 – Full review]

13. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Creativity. Wow. Will definitely reread. [5 🌟 – Full review]

14. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Hedonism. Beauty vs Morality. No likeable characters. [3.5 🌟 – Full review]

15. The Whole-Body Microbiome by B. Brett Finlay, Jessica M. Finlay

Probiotics will save the world. Consume yogurt and kimchi. Don’t use antibacterial agents – soap and water will do. [3 🌟 – Full review]

16. Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Hilarious. Smartly written. Must read! [5 🌟 – Full review]

17. Lifespan: Why We Ageβ€”and Why We Don’t Have To by David Sinclair

In a nut shell: eat healthy, exercise, importance of intermittent fasting. Lots of medical jargons. Dense. [3.5 🌟 – Full review]

18. The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday

Vague. Didn’t like how it was written. Too in-your-face. [3 🌟 – Full review]

19. Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Quirky and strange protagonist. Made me want to work in a convenience store while reading it. Weird overall but in a good way. [4 🌟 – Full review]

20. Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

Korean culture. Nakakagutom – you will crave Korean food. Love and loss pertaining to her mother. [4 🌟]

21. The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Helpful in building relationships. Informative. There’s something problematic in the ‘physical touch’ example. [3 🌟]

22. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

Melancholic. Tragic. A few “WTF!” moments. [3 🌟]

23. The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal

Right book at the right time. Remember what’s reallly important. Feel your feelings but you don’t always have to act on it. [4.5 🌟]

24. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

LGBTQ+ themes. Coming of age. Made me more interested in mythology. [3.75 🌟]

25. Educated by Tara Westover

WOW. Must-read. Inspiring. [5 🌟]

26. Arsenic and Adobo (Tita Rosie’s Kitchen Mystery #1) by Mia P. Manansala

Cozy mystery. Nakakagutom. Fun read pero asan yung adobo? [4 🌟]

27. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Adult fairytale. Humorous. Intriguing. [4.5 🌟]

28. Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean

Kulang sa build up yung love story. Cringy. Okay yung premise pero di ako fan nung execution. [2 🌟]

29. The Healing Self: A Revolutionary Plan for Wholeness in Mind, Body, and Spirit by Deepak Chopra

Helpful book on taking care of our bodies and minds. Can be technical at times which I like. Relaxing to read. [4 🌟]

30. Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett [5 🌟]

A quick, interesting read. Neuroscience. Teaches people on how to be a better human beingβ€”didn’t expect that. [4 🌟]

31. Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson

Somewhat of a page turner. No matter how many theories my mind came up with, I didn’t see that twist coming. Didn’t like how the diary was formatted. [4 🌟]

32. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Atmospheric. Mushrooms. A bit far-fetched. [4 🌟]

My digital bookshelf in Notion:


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