Best reads of 2022

I try to end each day by reading a book. Whether to cut down on screen time (even though I read on a kindle) or to unplug and unwind from the day, it’s amazing to have predictable, consistent time to dive into books.

I was able to get through 16 books in 2022, here are some highlights:


  • Growth
    • Atomic Habits by James Clear
      • “Every action you take is a vote for the person you wish to become.”
      • “Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement.”
      • “You don’t rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.”
  • Contemporary affairs
    • Red Notice by Bill Browder
      • A person account of becoming successful in trading in post-Soviet Russia and the perils of being targeted by the system, oligarchs and more.
    • The End of the World is Just the Beginning by Peter Zeihan
      • Compelling and detailed take on why the era of globalization as we know it is over and some thoughts on what happens next.
  • History
    • Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris
      • The 2nd book of 3 about Teddy Roosevelt, it details his 2 terms as President and the various fights with trusts, the creation of the Panama Canal, and the political climate at the turn of the 20th century.
    • The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman
      • The incredible history of the play-by-play at the onset of World War 1 that thrust the world into the deadliest conflict to date. From the decisions at Downing Street, the calculations (and miscalculations) of the French government, the assumption by the Kaiser that it would be a quick war, the heroism of King Albert and the Belgian army, and the ultimate battle that set the line of conflict that would ensue for 4 years. Worth a read, especially now with the world on the precipice of geopolitical conflicts.
    • The Fish who Ate the Whale by Rich Cohen
      • I never knew how much I didn’t know about the origin of the Banana industry, the power that a subset of American businessmen had on the industry and the governments of Central America, and the impact of an immigrant entrepreneur on the western hemisphere, the fruit industry, and the founding of the state of Israel.
    • The River of Doubt by Candice Millard
      • What a story of how Teddy Roosevelt joined a famed Brazilian explorer of the Amazon to ride and chart an unknown river in the Amazon basin. A harrowing tale of survival and the sheer will of a few men to explore and seek adventure.


  • The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson – Easily my favorite fantasy series since Game of Thrones and the Wheel of Time.
  • Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir, author of the Martian.
    • Fun sci-fi read, great for vacation
  • The Expanse Book 6: Babylon’s Ashes
    • I find this series so fun and fast-paced, easy to pick up every now and again. Don’t need to read all 9 books back to back.
  • Circe by Madeline Miller
    • An incredible book telling the story of Circe from Greek mythology, read it because I loved The Song of Achilles (also recommend it)
  • The Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
    • While slow, it’s beautifully written and has a soothing quality. Really gets you into the mindset of the social and power transitions in Europe from the age of the aristocracy through the Bolshevik revolution and then on through the aftermath of World War 2.
  • Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith (pseudonym for JK Rowling)
    • Book 5 of the Cormoran Strike mystery series. Fun read especially because I read it around a trip to London in the fall.

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