2023 End of Year Reading List

My year end reflection on some of the thoughts and ideas that shaped my thinking in 2023.
2023 End of Year Reading List

Since my childhood, I’ve been a voracious reader, and I’m glad to have sustained this passion into adulthood.

I use reading as a way to wind down in the evenings and gently start my mornings, which also helps in maintaining my long-term attention span.

I typically prefer reading physical books over listening to audiobooks, and give preference towards paper rather than digital formats.

While I don’t often take extensive notes, I do find myself frequently revisiting ideas and concepts that resonate with me, aiding in gaining deeper clarity and insight.

Anyway, here are some of the books I read this past year…

The Beginning of Infinity by David Deutsch is one of the most thought provoking books I can remember reading. It’s dense, verbose and, quite honestly, I struggled to take it down in 10 page increments but I still find myself revisiting passages and concepts.

The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt appeared on more recommended reading lists than any other book in recent memory. It challenges the current state of education on American campuses, free speech, and how critical it is to balance personal rights with healthy intellectual discourse.

The Creative Act: A Way of Being by legendary producer Rick Rubin is poised to be a classic and I’m so glad he documented his creative process. This should be mandatory reading for any artist or entrepreneur.

Die With Zero by Bill Perkins challenges the conventional wisdom on fiscal responsibility. It’s a nice wake up call on why we need to focus less on future financial worries and maximize life enjoyment today.

Excellent Advice for Living by Kevin Kelly is a book of quotes and succinct insights accumulated over time. It’s a book designed to be kept within easy reach, such as on a nightstand or desk, offering quick motivation or guidance during challenging moments.

The Great CEO Within by Matt Mochary was short, to the point, and jammed packed with actionable content. Not everything will apply to smaller businesses but I still keep it close to my desk.

Non Violent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg is the classic for anyone looking to hone their communication skills. This was my first time reading it, but most well adjusted humans should be well-acquainted with its core tenants. Still, it’s concepts and strategies are a helpful refresher for more or less everyone in every aspect of their life.

Outlive - The Science of Longevity by Peter Attia, MD is a book for anyone that has an interest in preserving their health as they age. It’s not only a valuable resource for personal use but also makes an excellent gift for friends, family, and loved ones looking for things they can do today to maintain their health span later.

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin is a fiction book that chronologizes the journey of two friends who launch a gaming company in the golden age of indie game development. This may be one of the most refreshing books I read last year and I can only hope the inevitable movie adaptation does it justice.

Travels With Charley is a memoir by John Steinbeck, recounting his 1960 road trip across America in an RV with his dog, Charley. The book captures Steinbeck’s experiences and reflections as he revisits cherished locations and brings to life an American era long gone.

Ultralearning by Scott Young explores tactics that we can all use to supercharge our learning and aid in the retention of new languages or skills. It’s a fun and easy read and filled with little nuggets to bring into your toolkit.

Why We Sleep by Dr. Matt Walker was a great primer into “sleep theory”. As someone who struggles with 3AM insomnia more often than I’d care to admit, this book provided me with some tactical things I can do to get a better night’s sleep.

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