Here’s a recap of books I read in 2022.
But first, a few notes…
Only 38 books this year. This is down from my personal record of 150. Once I hit that record, I realized how little of what I read was actually procesed or remembered. Since then, I’ve implemented a few changes in my reading habits.
- Being willing to read some books more than once before reading a different book.
- Reading slower, taking more notes, investigating rabbit trails more.
- Rereading fiction books I’ve read before that I really enjoyed. W.E.B. Griffin fans, where you at?
- Reading several books at one time in different places, i.e. bathroom book, before bed book, morning quiet time book, etc.
- Listening to fewer audio books in the car and more podcasts instead.
- More willing to stop reading a crappy book at any point.
Check out these amazing stats about adults and reading- Amazing Stats link. If you don’t want to, to sum it up, it basically says you’re a loser if you don’t read.
Fiction vs. non-fiction breakdown:
25 fiction vs.13 non-fiction. Such a big disparity because fiction reads faster, less note-taking, and once I got into a good part, I couldn’t put it down.
Here’s the list, not grouped in reading order and mostly grouped for ease of digestion.
Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey. My first ever Audible book. Don’t bother buying this print version. The power in this book is listening to him read it himself.
What He Must Be If He Wants to Marry My Daughter by Voddie Baucham. A must read if you have a daughter.
The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks. Read this through and then read it to my kids during our lunchtime homeschool activities.
Life Force by Tony Robbins. I made some critical life changes after reading this.
Things that Matter by Joshua Becker. Joshua’s stuff is good, but this basically felt like a rehash of his other books.
Wealth of Connection by Vincent Pugliese. I actually know this guy!
Wild Awakening by Greg Matthews. Gift from my aunt Susie. She passes on a lot of really good books after she reads them.
Jim Burns books: Teaching Your Children Healthy Sexuality and the Purity Code. Read these to prep teaching more sex ed to my homeschool kiddos. These are basically the same book, the first one to the parents and the second one for the teens.
Various books about Vikings:
Real Valkyrie by Nancy Marie Brown
Leif the Lucky by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire
How to Host a Viking Funeral by Kyle Scheele
Impact Winter by Travis Beacham
A. American books: Conflicted Home and Home Coming
Left Behind: Apocalypse Dawn by Mel Odom
Guilty pleasures fiction:
Extreme Measures (Mitch Rapp) by Vince Flynn. Had read this before and accidentally read it again.
Michael Connolly books: Dark Sacred Night (Harry Bosch) and Late Show (Renee Ballard)
A Maiden’s Grave by Jeffrey Deaver
Jim Butcher Harry Dresden books: Ghoul Goblin, Shadowed Souls, and Welcome to the Jungle
W.E.B. Griffin books: By Order of the President (third time reading this one) and Hostage (second time).
Watson and Holmes: Study in Black
Jack Carr books: Terminal List, True Believer, Savage Son, Devil’s Hand, and In the Blood. I devoured every book in his series after watching Terminal List on Amazon.
James Patterson books: Beach Road and Ambush (Michael Bennett)