I read fewer books this year than last and published fewer book reviews and podcast episodes as well. Work became busier than it was during the height of the pandemic and I spent less time reading…and yet it’s still a pretty good list that I think has something to recommend to almost everyone.
I also started more books than I finished. This happens for one of two reasons Either, 1) I didn’t enjoy the book enough to finish it, or 2) I got excited about a new book and started it without finishing the one I was already reading. Although the former does happen occasionally, the latter happens a lot. What cand I say? I love the promise of a new book.
We’ll see what 2023 has in store for all of us. Happy reading.
- Andy Catlett: Early Travels by Wendell Berry
- Artemis by Andy Weir
- Beasts of the Earth by James Wade
- Believers: Making a Life at the End of the World by Lisa Wells
- Breathe: A Life in Flow by Rickson Gracie
- Coffin Honey by Todd Davis
- Craeft: An Inquiry Into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts by Alexander Langlands
- Driving Through the Night: Poetic Field Notes on Taming, Reclaiming, & Becoming by L.M. Browning
- Endure: How to Work Hard, Outlast, and Keep Hammering by Cameron Hanes
- 5 Rules for White Belts by Chris Matakas
- From Truths to Tools by Jim Tolpin & George Walker
- Hero: The Path Through Jiu Jitsu and Life by Chris Matakas
- How it Went: Thirteen More Stories of the Port William Membership by Wendell Berry
- How to Invest: Masters on the Craft by David M. Rubenstein
- How to Lead: Wisdom From the World’s Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers by David M. Rubenstein
- How You Bear It: Triumph and Resiliency in Life by Tom DeBlass
- Kingfish: The Reign of Huey P. Long by Richard D. White, Jr.
- Last Dance on the Starlight Pier by Sarah Bird
- Lost in Thought: The Hidden Pleasures of the Intellectual Life by Zena Hitz
- Love’s Long Line by Sophfronia Scott
- Mary Jane Wild: Two Walks and a Rant by Brooke Williams
- Never Finished: Unshackle Your Mind and Win the War Within by David Goggins
- On Behalf of Jiu Jitsu and Wholeness by Chris Matakas
- On Jiu Jitsu by Chris Matakas
- Phil: The Rip-roaring (and Unauthorized!) Biography of Golf’s Most Colorful Superstar by Alan Shipnuck
- Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
- Running with Sherman: How a Rescue Donkey Inspired a Rag-tag Gang of Runners to Enter the Craziest Race in America by Christopher MacDougall
- Scars and Stripes: An Unapologetically Story of Fighting the Taliban, UFC Warriors, and Myself by Tim Kennedy
- Snake Oil: The Art of Healing and Truth-Telling by Becca Stevens
- Speak, Okinawa: A Memoir by Elizabeth Miki Brina
- The Castoff Children by L.M. Browning
- The Dichotomy of Leadership: Balancing the Challenges of Extreme Ownership to Lead and Win by Jocko Willink & Leif Babin
- The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz
- The Language of Elk by Benjamin Percy
- The Line That Held Us by David Joy
- The Medium is the Massage by Marshall McLuhan
- The Need to be Whole: Patriotism and the History of Prejudice by Wendell Berry
- The Remains of the Day by Kauo Ishiguro
- The River You Touch: Making a Life on Moving Water by Chris Dombrowski
- The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel
- The Secret Gospel of Mark: A Poet’s Memoir by Spencer Reece
- The Seeker and the Monk: Everyday Conversations with Thomas Merton by Sophfronia Scott
- The Spider Network: The Wild Story of a Math Genius, a Gang of Backstabbing Bankers, and One of the Greatest Scams in Financial History by David Enrich
- The Unknows: The Untold Story of America’s Unknown Soldier and WWI’s Most Decorated Heros Who Brought Him Home by Patrick K. O’Donnell
- The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb
- The Virtue of Selfishness by Ayn Rand
- The Warrior Ethos by Steven Pressfield
- To Lose the Madness: Field Notes on Trauma, Loss, and Radical Authenticity by L.M. Browning
- Zen Jiu Jitsu – Over 40 by Oliver Staark
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