I’ll add up the total pages read when the year ends and I’ll update this list as more are finished.

My ranking system is personal.
5’s usually mean that it got me to see the world in a new way, it entertained me in an unexpected way, or it offered what I needed to hear at this point in my life.

I’ve found that when you read books – meaning the timing and circumstances of your life – impacts your feelings about that book.

So, if I rate a book lower than you would, can we still be friends?

2022 List

NumberDateTitleAuthorRating (1-5)
11/17The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and DisappearedJonas Jonasson 5
21/20Thinking, Fast and SlowDaniel Kahneman3
32/11Zero to OnePeter Thiel, Blake Masters4
42/17The Price of EverythingEduardo Porter4
53/30Principles for Dealing with the Changing World OrderRay Dalio4
65/18The Silent PatientAlex Michaelides3
75/27The BodyBill Bryson5
86/2How to be GoodGary Cox4
96/10Empire of PainPatrick Radden Keefe5
106/16Sleights of MindSandra Blakeslee4
116/22Red NoticeBill Browder4
126/27Project Hail MaryAndy Weir5
137/4Astrophysics for People in a HurryNeil DeGrasse Tyson3
147/9Dare to LeadBrené Brown4
157/15Dopamine NationDr. Anna Lembke4
167/22Keep SharpSanjay Gupta3
178/11The 48 Laws of PowerRobert Greene2
188/25Killing FloorLee Child3
199/14Rise and Kill FirstRonen Bergman3
209/15Good to GoChristie Aschwanden3
219/29Kings of Infinite SpaceJames Hynes3
2210/8QAnon and OnVan Badham3
2310/10The SandmanNeil Gaiman4
2411/16American GodsNeil Gaiman4
2022 Book List

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  1. I agree with the excellent choice of Bill Browder’s Red Notice. Two other fact based espionage genre thrillers spring to mind as well. Indeed mystery novels cover all sorts of evils including thrillers from the espionage genre such as those down to earth, raw and noir, often curious fact based Cold War thrillers you can never put down. I refer to Bill Browder’s Red Notice, Bill Fairclough’s Beyond Enkription in The Burlington Files series and Ben Macintyre’s The Spy and the Traitor. The latter was lauded by none other than John le Carré as “the best true spy story I have ever read”. Incidentally, if you don’t find these mysterious then MI6 or the CIA may want to hire you to solve some of their mysteries. After all, the most famous of all real spies, Oleg Gordievsky who is held responsible for collapsing the Berlin Wall, was not only Macintyre’s “Spy and Traitor” but also an acquaintance of Fairclough’s handler. Maybe that’s why Beyond Enkription is considered to be compulsory reading for espionage aficionados.


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