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Get lost in a good book: 10 reading recommendations from 2022

Although I’ve always loved reading, I often can’t remember the specific books I’ve read from year to year – with a few notable exceptions. So, I keep yearly lists to remind myself which books are essential, just for fun, or not worth a second chance. If your taste in reading is like mine, you might enjoy some of these or at least avoid investing your time in a few I didn’t think measured up. As always, I hope you will consider purchasing any of these that interest you through an independent bookstore like Powell’s in Portland, Oregon or Vroman’s in Pasadena, California. Here is my year of books in 2022.


👍👍 Essential reading:

👍 Definitely worth your time:

💡 A must-read for those working in healthcare:

👎 Disappointing, skip them:

👇 Bonus: A 2021 must-read:

📚 Books: They aren’t dead yet!

Every year, I hear people talk about things that have lost their usefulness in the modern age. Books, records, and CD/DVDs are often mentioned. Yet, millions of people still enjoy content using those old formats.


I prefer reading print books as doing that gives me a clean break from digital content. Going “analog” is relaxing and enjoyable.


According to Pew Research, I’m not alone:


“Despite growth in certain digital formats, it remains the case that relatively few Americans only consume digital books (which include audiobooks and e-books) to the exclusion of print. Some 33% of Americans read in these digital formats and also read print books, while 32% say they read only print books. Just 9% of Americans say they only read books in digital formats and have not read any print books in the past 12 months.”

Ultimately, the format of a book doesn’t matter as much as the ideas contained in the content. Audiobooks and digital copies are great and bring books to people who prefer a different experience than I do.


🤔 So, how much do most people read?

This was a low year for me with 29 books read during the year. My goal is about 40 per year, a mark that I’ve hit often in the past.


“Overall, 75% of U.S. adults say they have read a book in the past 12 months in any format, whether completely or part way through, a figure that has remained largely unchanged since 2011. Americans read an average (mean) of roughly 14 books during the previous 12 months and the typical (median) American read five books in that period, according to the survey.”

... and then we have this:


🤦‍♂️ The worst quote of 2022

“I'm very skeptical of books. I don't want to say no book is ever worth reading, but I actually do believe something pretty close to that. I think, if you wrote a book, you (messed) up, and it should have been a six-paragraph blog post.”

This statement from Sam Bankman-Fried is so bad that it might even make the “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” desk calendar. That statement is really bad. And really stupid. The irony is that many books will likely be written to cover the downfall of SBF. Maybe he’ll read one and possibly learn something. He’ll have plenty of time coming to do that!



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