5 Books to Include in Your Reading List for 2024

As we’re nearing the end of the year, self-development becomes a priority for most of us. Nowadays, there are lots of different platforms for us to learn new things, from podcasts to taking online classes. However, nothing beats the old-fashioned way of reading new books written by experts to better understand a topic we previously knew nothing about and gain new knowledge.

Blockchain Bubble or Revolution: The Present and Future of Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

Unlike other popular books written about cryptocurrency which are usually written by someone with a background in the cryptocurrency business only, the book Blockchain Bubble or Revolution: The Present and Future of Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies covers a balanced view of the technology, written in layman’s terms to help the general audience understand it more easily in comparison with traditional currencies. 

In addition to how cryptocurrency is currently implemented, the book also describes how this new currency can influence industries in the future. Currently, cryptocurrency like Bitcoin is known to have influenced the growth of businesses that were previously only offline-based, such as casinos. In fact, the implementation of this currency has helped crypto casino businesses reach a bigger range of customers, as opposed to a localized range such as the case with brick-and-mortar businesses, and ensured that each transaction carried is faster, easier, and more secure.  

There are other similar examples too, related to many other industries, hence reading the book will open your mind to the revolutionary power blockchain technology has brought.

How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease

Generally, there is only one reason people want to read diet books – to stay fit and healthy. The author of the book, Michael Greger MD., made a clear point of why these people should read the book through the title.

Published in 2015 and was a best-selling book listed by the New York Times, the physician writes down the leading fatal illnesses in the United States and recommends the ways food and lifestyle changes can prevent those illnesses. One of the points Greger made in the book is how doctors are not educated enough in nutrition, and therefore rarely give advice about how to prevent chronic illnesses through a change in lifestyle or diet.

This book written by the physician behind Nutrition Facts also touts the importance of getting your nutrients in food form, as the body ingests nutrients in their natural form more easily than in the form of pills and medical supplements. The studies cited in the book How Not to Die show that a diet dominant in plant-based foods, like fruits, vegetables, and legumes, can lead to a healthier life. 

The Psychology of Money

One of the things we learn in Psychology classes is that sometimes, people don’t act rationally. The case also applies when it comes to handling finances.

In the book, Best in Business award winner Morgan Housel describes through storytelling the basics of financial management, and how people cannot be expected to manage their money in a cold, calculated way all the time.

The book Psychology of Money reminds us that oftentimes, our ego drives the way we spend our money and how we save up. Many may want more income to be able to spend more and show that they have earned more, and in the meantime, they end up losing more wealth than they earn. By the end, this book teaches us all the basics of investment and the stock market that beginners need to know, all the while advising wise ways to manage our money.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

Whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur or an aspiring business owner, we all need blunt advice regarding the hardships of managing a business. Other books may prefer to focus on sugar-coated encouragement about how great it is to start a business, but this book written by Silicon Valley’s leading entrepreneur is not one of them.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things tells us, through anecdotal stories drawn from personal experience, about the most important aspects that CEOs need to take note of. The writer describes the importance of hiring the right person, understanding how to manage a business through strategies and operational excellence, and lastly, how it’s crucial to take a step back, rest, and enjoy life before your physical and emotional health gets affected in the long run.  

Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

Compared to the other books on the list, this book has a much older publishing date, but it continues to be more relevant than ever. Written by the Vietnamese peace activist and author Thích Nhất Hạnh in 1992, the book includes stories, meditation guidelines, and commentaries from the writer’s experience regarding the importance of mindfulness.

Now known as an ever-growing field in positive psychology, the topic of mindfulness focuses on the importance of pausing and taking a different perspective to view all the common frustrations of modern life and turning it into a positive moment for us to pause, take a deep breath, meditate, and focus on the present to turn our anxieties into moments of calmness.  

Is finishing your reading list a part of your New Year’s resolution? If not, 2024 is a great point to begin and gain more knowledge through discovering new books.

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