Comic books are not included on this list. Audiobooks are, but only if I listened to them from start to finish. No book I didn’t read cover to cover is included.

In 2022 I read a little over 30 books.

It’s an oddball mix…

Looking at this list am wondering why someone would read books on psychology, military history and a romantic novel here are there. It’s an odd mix.

I don’t consider myself to be a ‘good’ reader.

My ADHD mind is not ideal for reading…

I also often only read a book to learn the language the book is written in. This explains why I often read the same novel in several languages.

I swear, one of my resolutions for 2023 is to read with some goal in mind, cause this oddball collection looks scarily directionless and I hate being directionless above all things.

If am completely honest I liked the following books the most:

One Day

The Nightingale

Empire of illusion, by Chris Hedges. Not exactly a bed time read.

I enjoyed reading the book about the battle of Berlin. If I hadn’t read it in German I must admit by any objective standard it’s a waste of time to read stuff like that.

So the lesson?

I guess I should read more novels… You will see this reflected in the reading list I have already drawn up for 2023.

For someone who is very interested in earning more money (= creating more value for people, customers) I have strange reading habits.

There is a clash between what I consider to be useful reading and what I am always drawn to.

I have been tracking what I read since the age of 17, so that explains the numbering.

849) Au coeur du troisième Reich 1, Albert Speer (mainly read to improve my German and because the Third Reich keeps fascinating me in a morbid way)

850) Du musst nicht von allen gemocht werden, Ichiro Kishimi

851) Du bist genug, Ichiro Kishimi, Fumitake Koga

852) Empire of illusion, Chris Hedges (eviscerates US culture)

853) Spiral dynamics integral, Don Beck (definitely a thought provoking concept and an accurate description of how societies evolve)

854) Stolen focus, Johann Hari (useless)

855) Wir sind überall nur nicht bei uns, leben in Zeitalter des Selbstverlusts, Georg Milzner

856) Made in Washington, Bernd Greiner (the usual depressing info on how the US fucks everyone over, including its own people)

857) Selbsteuerung, Joachim Bauer (the answer cannot be found in books…)

858) Die Geschichte der Welt, Ewald Frie (kinda boring)

859) Hybris am Hindukusch, Michael Lüders (very detailed)

860) Auch alte Wunden können heilen, Dami Charf (nothing new, the answer for me is NOT in books)

861) Why has nobody told me this before?, Julie Smith (boring)

862) Berlin, das Ende, Anthony Beevor (very detailed, often depressing information, but a good book)

863) Lighter, Yung Pueblo (hardly worth it, but inspiring that a writer can make it via Instagram, he says absolutely nothing new or special though, just a simple rehash of Buddhist ideas)

864) Ayahuasca: soul medicine of the Amazon jungle, Javier Regueiro (read as part of my preparation for my Aya experience in December)

865) The rational male, Rollo Tomassi (read to understand seduction better, since some of my students keep bringing up this topic very regularly. His theories make sense, except that in the past I often showed interest in women by doing everything he claims is seduction suicide… According to my friend Jaro I somehow found a way to make the bad tactics work… I disagree)

866) The rational male – the players handbook, Rollo Tomassi (just a repetition of the other book)

867) The last stand, Custer, Sitting Bull and the battle of the Little Bighorn, Nathaniel Philbrick (a very strange

868) The soulmate secret, Arielle Ford (kinda describes a variation of what I do when am very attracted to a woman)

869) Deeper Dating, Ken Page (similar to the soulmate secret, but less esoteric)

870) The myth of normal, Gabor Maté (describes a lot of factors that produces our toxic culture full of addicted, needy, depressed, lost people. A bit dissapointing though. Not enough solutions offered. Doesn’t go deep enough into our toxic economic system. Still, a great book to understand our world.)

871) Un jour, David Nicholls (read to improve my French and to learn how to write books like this)

872) Zwei an einem Tag, David Nicholls (read to improve my German and… to learn how to write books like this)

873) Nie mehr Mr. Nice Guy, Robert A. Glover (similar to the Rational Male books, actually it’s like the nice and more detailed version of the Rational Male books, the information is very similar, but less focused on giving practical seduction advice)

874) Bird by bird, Anne Lamott (A book on writing, but not really helpful)

875) The myth of the lost cause, Edward H. Bonekemper III (good, excellent analysis of Lee)

876) Secondhand-Zeit, Leben auf den Trümmern der Socializmus, Swetlana Alexijewitsch (read to improve my German, know more about communism and the Soviet-Union, since their legacy still has a big impact and is not well understood)

877) Die Nachtigall, Kristin Hannah (I really enjoyed this novel, although looking back a lot of issues were resolved a bit too easily)

878) The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah

879) Hymns of the Republic: The story of the Final Year of The American Civil War, S. C. Gwynne (Enjoyed it, even though the American Civil War has become a very GUILTY pleasure)

880) Das große Buch vom Schlaf: Die enorme Bedeutung des Schlafs – Beste Vorbeugung gegen Alzheimer, Krebs, Herzinfarkt und vieles mehr, Matthew Walker (mainly read to improve my German)

881) A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn: The Last Great Battle of the American West, James Donovan (I think I like reading about this battle cause it reminds me of my childhood and of my father and because am as impatient as Custer)


Help me with a small indulgence :: The Nightingale in Russian

I’d like to buy the Russian translation of the Nightingale, but the shipping costs are going to make that a financial bloodletting, I fear.