Books Read in 2022

2nd January 2023

  1. GCHQ - Richard J. Aldrich
  2. Flowers For Algernon - Daniel Keyes
  3. Hail Mary - Andy Weir
  4. My Experimental Life - A. J. Jacobs

    More of a collection of shorter experiments than his other books, which focus on a single (mis)adventure. This still contains all Mr Jacobs' usual self-deprecating wit and heart. He seems like he would be a lovely person to know, but I'm not sure his wife would always agree.

  5. How To Get To The Top of Google - Tim Cameron-Kitchen
  6. The Storyteller - Dave Grohl

    I didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would, but it's possible I just over-hyped it in my own mind. Mr Grohl still comes across as "the nicest guy in rock" and it offers great insight into a couple of the biggest rock bands of all time.

  7. Life 3.0 - Max Tegmark
  8. Time - Stephen Baxter
  9. The Innovators - Walter Isaacson
  10. Douglas Preston - The Codex
  11. Norwegian Wood - Haruki Murakami

    Until this point, the only Murakami I had read was his memoir, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. As one of his most popular novels, this seemed like a good entry point. I really enjoyed it and will definitely look to try others of his in the future.

  12. Lasers Across the Cherry Orchards - Dr Michael Forrest
  13. Void Star - Zachary Mason
  14. Armada - Ernest Cline

    If you enjoyed Ready Player One then you'll probably enjoy this, but there's nothing new here. If you haven't read RP1, then read that instead. Whatever you do though; DON'T WATCH THE FILM.

  15. Life Time - Russell Foster
  16. The Phoenix Project - Gene Kim, Kevin Behr & George Spafford
  17. A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles

    This was a delight from beginning to end. A gentle, heart-warming story based in an interesting historical period. The image of the Gentleman in my head was Kenneth Branagh in the recent Hercule Poirot films. Highly recommended.

  18. Escape from the Antarctic - Ernest Shackleton
  19. The Thursday Murder Club - Richard Osman
  20. Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

    In the same vein as 1984 and Brave New World this is a classical look at potential dystopian futures. While I don't think the hound provides as visceral a fear as Room 101, I can definitely see why this is held in such high regard.

Do you have any recommendations of books I should add to my list for next year? Let me know via the contact form.