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My Best Writing of 2021

This is the post where I lay out the best things I wrote this year. Maybe, in a year like this when my productivity was lower, it might include everything I wrote. We’ll never know (don’t check).

I never quite know how to present this. Every year I wrestle with its creation and presentation. Sometimes I just list every post within subcategories. Other times, like last year, I try to incorporate them into a narrative itself, weaving the links into the prose. I’m not sure which approach is best, particularly when there are some pieces that don’t fit neatly into a single topic, but this year we’re going back to the list. Why not?

The biggest news within this tiny corner of the internet was that I shut down my monthly newsletter. It was a little sad, but because it took so much time and effort, it was more of a relief than anything. It won’t really be missed – none of you were subscribing anyway.

Seven times this year I was provided with a free copy of a book that I was asked to read and review. Most were good – the quality of them and the enjoyment I derived from them varied – but I was grateful for the opportunity every time.

Mostly, though, I wrote about my life as a husband and father trying to do the right things and improve myself – both mentally and physically – as I enter middle age.

So, without further ado, I give you Christopher Pierznik’s Best Writing of 2021. Enjoy!


A Window Into My Life

A Return to the Terrible Twos

The Last 20 Pounds are the Hardest

Our Nightly Family Reading Time

Children are the Best Time Management Tools

The Gift of Being Forgiven

Why Did I Say That?


Thoughts About Books

Imaging a Proper John Grisham Universe

In Appreciation of Don Winslow’s Cartel Trilogy

Ranking Ryan Holiday’s Books

The Magic of The Tender Bar


A Rumination on Sports

I’ve Always Rooted for Players Over Teams


Miscellaneous & Random Drops

Restore the Snyderverse

Brian Nagata (owner or RapZines) Interview

Getting a Table at the Toughest Reservation in America (Twice!)

I’ve Given Up My Dream of Being a (Full-Time) Writer


Book Reviews

The Motherlode by Clover Hope

Release the Snyder Cut by Sean O’Connell

A View from Abroad by Jeanne E. Abrams

Built to Lose by Jake Fischer

From the Streets of Shaolin by S.H. Fernando Jr.

The Master by Christopher Clarey

From Staircase to Stage by Raekwon


Prior Years

My Best Writing of 2020

My Best Writing of 2019

My Best Writing of 2018

My Best Writing of 2017

My Best Writing of 2016

My Best Writing of 2015

See you next year!


Christopher Pierznik is the worst-selling author of nine books. Check out more of his writing at Medium. His work has appeared on XXL, Cuepoint, Business Insider, The Cauldron, Fatherly, Hip Hop Golden Age, and many more. Follow him on Facebook or Twitter. Please feel free to get in touch at CPierznik99@gmail.com.

By Christopher Pierznik

Christopher Pierznik is the author of 9 books and has contributed to numerous websites on a variety of topics including music, sports, movies, TV, personal finance, and life. He works in corporate finance and lives in northern New Jersey with his family. His dream is to one day be a member of the Wu-Tang Clan.

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