I had the pleasure to use the experiences of many intelligent writers by reading their excellent books both in fiction and non-fiction categories in 2021.

Here is a selected list of my favorite books in the fiction genre:

Book TitleAuthorFirst Published Pages
The Midnight Library Matt Haig 2020288
شازده احتجابهوشنگ گلشیری1348120
Half of a Yellow SunChimamanda Ngozi Adichie2006433
Memoirs of a GeishaArthur Golden1997503
وای بر مغلوبغلامحسین ساعدی1349112
Forrest GumpWinston Groom1986228
ربکادافنه دوموریه1938694
Selected list of fictional books read in 2021

Personally, I was moved the most by the brilliant work of Matt Haig in “The Midnight Library“. It affected my point of view toward everyday, routine tasks that very often we perceive as mundane. This book raised my attention to the importance of living more intentionally and enjoying the moments of our lives – the only life that we get to live at this moment. As a result, I am more present in my own life, and it has done wonders for me. Thus, it is not a surprise that I chose this book as my favorite fictional title with the best content of 2021.

As a pure literature piece, I enjoyed “Prince Ebtehaj“-the outstanding work of famous Iranian writer Houshang Golshiri– the most. In this surrealist novel, he demonstrates the transition of the norms of the society in the midst of hallucinations of the main character about his ancestors as well as his own past. For moving my horizons of imagination, I have to pick this book as my favorite fictional title with the highest literature worth of 2021.

I also enjoyed familiarizing myself with Nigerian historical civil war as well as society and culture through the remarkable work of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in “Half of a Yellow Sun“. In the same way, “Memoirs of a Geisha” from Arthur Golden opened a window for me to the traditional culture of Japan that I absolutely was not aware of. For that, I am most grateful to these authors. Similarly, each of the other books listed above contributed to my lifted spirit and expanded imagination.

Unfortunately enough, I also read a few very bad books, which are obviously not mentioned in the above list. One might be surprised to know that I am also grateful for reading those, as reading bad books makes me appreciate the good ones more. Also, how would we know if a book is good if we never read a bad one?

And here is the list of non-fictional titles that enhanced my knowledge this year:

Book TitleAuthorFirst Published Pages
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in
a World That Can’t Stop Talking
Susan Cain2012352
A Promised LandBarack Obama2020768
The Millionaire FastlaneM. J. DeMarco2011322
We Should All Be FeministsChimamanda Ngozi Adichie201464
NakedDavid Sedaris1997304
Leaders Eat LastSimon Sinek2014350
مثل خون در رگ های مناحمد شاملو2014172
Leadership by Algorithm: Who Leads
and Who Follows in the AI Era?
David De Cremer2020212
Selected list of non-fictional books read in 2021

Although each of these books taught me very valuable lessons, the “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain had the most significant influence on my personal and professional life. It elevated both my self-awareness and my perception of social conduct. It made me at ease with aspects of my personality that for a long time I felt distressed about. The pressure was mostly caused by the overemphasis of most societies and especially western media to depict extrovert behavior as an acceptable norm. Thanks to this insightful work, I got to know and accept myself much better.

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