Simon Nordberg

Simon Nordberg

Books in 2021

9 January 2022

I read 28 books in 2021.

True to my guiding policy of reading what I’m interested in, I’ve moved freely between a wide range of topics such as personal development, sustainability, ultra running, and game development to name a few.

My top 5 favorite books

I read a lot of great books this year, and this list is based on the books that had the biggest impact on me personally, and is in no particular order.

Less is More: How Degrowth Will Save the World by Jason Hickel

Jason is able to put a face to sustainability and go beyond tactics to explore the foundational underpinnings behind the society as we know it and how this feeds into the current crisis of ecological collapse.

Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture by David Kushner

Having grown up in the 80s and 90s, deeply entrenched in the early days of game programming, the story of John Carmack and John Romero is nothing short of mesmerizing. I was inspired by them back then, and even more so now.

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

One of the great books of our time, and quite possibly the most inspirational book I’ve read. What is the meaning of life? What do we do when there’s nothing left to hold on to? The only thing I regret is that I didn’t read it sooner.

Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance by Alex Hutchinson

This book blew me away. Having been a runner for many years, I’ve experienced both highs and lows in terms of my own ability. Alex looks at the art and science of endurance, and has enabled me to reimagine what I thought was possible.

Burn: New Research Blows the Lid Off How We Really Burn Calories, Lose Weight, and Stay Healthy by Herman Pontzer

I’ve been experimenting with food for as long as I can remember. Burn is a fun, and eye-opening read that provided answers to several questions I’ve pondering about how our metabolism really works.

Books by category

Personal development


Ultra running

Game development

Diet & health

Science and technology