2022 – The Year of Books

Up until this year, other than technical-related material, I had never been much of a reader. I could never be trusted to sit down on a consistent basis and get through books. That being stated, over the last few years I have been looking for ways to continue to better myself, not just on a technical/career level, but as a human in general. I had been listening to a number of podcasts and wanted to take that a step further. I so badly wanted that next step to be books. Books of different varieties and genres to continue to open my mind to different thoughts and perspectives. But…sentence number two still haunts me. Thinking through the fact that I was getting through a fair amount of podcasts while doing random things around the house, while driving, etc., I wondered if I could apply the same strategy to books. Trust me, if there is a path of least resistance out there, I am bound to find it. My laziness knows few boundaries. I took to Twitter to get recommendations about audiobook platforms. Thanks to the recommendations of a couple kind folks, I was able to get introduced to the Libby platform. Libby provides you a way to connect with your local library to check out audio books for free! I did not even have a library card, but through my local library I was able to get a digital version online and start with Libby right away, using the app on my phone. There are plenty that are available and if they are not at the time, you can put individual audio books on hold and the app will alert you when they are available. I am not sure if it differs per library, but all books I have checked out give me two weeks to finish them. Thanks to this platform, I have been able to get through over thirty five books this year. This is pretty big for a person who has barely delved into books at all in the past. I know I am not “reading” in the traditional sense, but I am still consuming the content and that is the important part to me at least. Here is the list of books I have gotten through this year. All but two have been through the Libby app. The other two were actual paper books, which knowing who I am, getting through two actual paper books in a year is quite the feat (the bar is fairly low here). Some of these in this list do not have the full titles listed, but a quick online search should point you in the right direction if you are interested in any of them.

  1. American Sniper – Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, Jim DeFelice
  2. Anxious People – Frederick Backman
  3. The President’s Daughter – Bill Clinton, James Patterson
  4. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There – Marshall Goldsmith
  5. Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
  6. Dare to Lead – Brene Brown
  7. Killing the Mob – Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
  8. Unwinding Anxiety – Judson Brewer
  9. Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
  10. The Bomber Mafia – Malcolm Gladwell
  11. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life – Jen Sincero
  12. Ready Player Two – Ernest Cline
  13. Deep Work – Cal Newport
  14. Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead – Bing West, James Mattis
  15. The Last Thing He Told Me – Laura Dave
  16. Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World – David Epstein
  17. About Where the Deer and the Antelope Play – Nick Offerman
  18. The Guest List – Lucy Foley
  19. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
  20. Now, Discover Your Strengths – Donald O. Clifton, Marcus Buckingham
  21. Keep Sharp – Sanjay Gupta
  22. The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris
  23. The Dark Hours – Michael Connelly
  24. Extreme Ownership – Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
  25. The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg
  26. The Wright Brothers – David McCullough
  27. Shadows Reel – C.J. Box
  28. Malibu Rising – Taylor Jenkins Reid
  29. No Cure for Being Human – Kate Bowler
  30. How the Word is Passed – Clint Smith
  31. Killing the Killers – Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
  32. The Wish – Nicholas Sparks
  33. The Power of Regret – Daniel H. Pink
  34. The Pioneers – David McCullough
  35. The Nineties: A Book – Chuck Klosterman
  36. Nine Perfect Strangers – Liane Moriarty
  37. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – Mark Manson
  38. Killers of the Flower Moon – David Grann
  39. The Recovery Agent – Janet Evanovich
  40. Talking to Strangers – Malcolm Gladwell

I am so glad that I leveraged this app throughout the year and am looking forward to continuing next year. I have tried to get a decent mix of fiction, historical, and career-related/self improvement books. I try to keep a decently open mind about things and I think books are a great way to get different perspectives. I encourage others to not only check out the Libby platform, but any method that allows you to consume content from books. Books not only allow your brain to think through concepts, they are also great conversation starters. Happy reading!

Published by Tim Bertino

Systems Architect passionate about solutions and design.

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