Before I get into my 2021 and 2022 reading lists, let me make a couple of confessions:
- I’m sorry for my long absence. Like many of you, I’ve struggled during the pandemic to just keep up with life. It’s been so busy and draining that, as much as I wanted to write, I didn’t. And I decided not to make myself feel guilty for it.
- I didn’t read much in 2021 and 2022. I was just too emotionally spent. If you’ve followed this blog long, you know that most of my reading is on the topics of self improvement and business, not as much fiction. And I just didn’t have the emotional capacity or desire to dig into much of anything like that.
Instead, the one piece of media that did keep me entertained steadily throughout the pandemic (until recently) was The West Wing Weekly podcast. I was a huge fan of Aaron Sorkin’s The West Wing TV show, and this podcast is total wish fulfillment. It features cast and crew from the show was well as many other special guests, and it is clear that the team behind this show all loved and respected each other—and had a lot of fun making it. Plus, the hosts are Josh Malina, who played Will Bailey on the show, and Hrishikesh Hirway, a friend of Josh’s and West Wing fanatic. They are so funny together and have great rapport. It was an excellent podcast and a bright spot during such trying times. I highly recommend it!
Okay, back to books!
As mentioned, it’s a short list! To be honest, it’s even shorter than I thought, ha!
- Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
- Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
- Move Your Bus: An Extraordinary New Approach to Accelerating Success in Work and Life by Ron Clark
- Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money by Rabbi Daniel Lapin
- The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
- The Autobiography of Santa Claus by Jeff Guinn
- I’m Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59 by Douglas Edwards
- The Pumpkin Plan: A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any Field by Mike Michalowicz
- Army of One: FREE Star Force Novella by B.V. Larson
- The Windblown Girl by Patti Townley-Covert
- The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer
- Jesus and Women – Bible Study Book: In the First Century and Now by Kristi McLelland
What about you? What did you read and would recommend?
Need more reading suggestions?