#0049 A List of the Books I Have Read This Past Year

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When I began writing full-time about two and a half years ago, one of the first books I read was “On Writing” by Stephen King. It is part memoir and part ‘here’s how to do stuff’ book. One of the things that struck me was his insistence that to become a good writer; you have to do two things. One is to write. Then I learned that writing is much more than just putting words onto the page or screen. I won’t go into it, but if you are a beginner writer looking for a good book about how to write. I can’t recommend it enough. The other thing that you must do is read. Purists will say that you have to read a ‘proper’ book. Stephen disagrees, and I share his opinion. There are many ways to read these days. Both in ‘proper’ book form and other media. Such as e-books and audiobooks.

I don’t think that there is anything to be gained by informing you what media the books I’ve read are in. However, when it comes to audiobooks, I realised there was a lot of empty air if you only played at the speed it recorded. x 1.0, in other words. Whereas if you increase the speed to x 1.5 or even more. I’ve found that my ear can tolerate a rate of x 1.8, which means that you will get through an audiobook in almost half the time it would take to read in the usual manner.

List of Books Read in 2022

Author Book
Surname First Name Title
Albom Mitch Tuesdays With Morrie
Angelou Maya I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
Boghossian Peter How To Have Impossible Conversations
Bryson Bill The Body
Bryson Bill A Short History of Nearly Everything
Chomsky Noam The Essential Chomsky
Clear James Atomic Habits
Coben Harlan Deal Breaker
Coben Harlan Tell No One
Corey James S A Leviathan Wakes
Dawkins Richard The Selfish Gene
Doyle Andrew Free Speech
Fry Stephen Mythos
Fry Stephen Heroes
Gladwell Malcolm Talking To Strangers
Govan Russell Bank On Nothing
Haidt Jonathan The Righteous Mind
Haidt Jonathan The Coddling of the American Mind
Iannucci Armando Pandemonium
Jordan Robert A Crown of Swords book seven in the Wheel Of Time
Jordan Robert Lord Of Chaos book six in the Wheel of Time
Jordan Robert The Shadow Rising book four in the Wheel of Time
Karr Mary The Art of Memoir
Karr Mary The Liars Club
Kay Adam This Is Going To Hurt
Kidd Sue Monk The Secret Life of Bees
King Stephen On Writing
Kondo Marie The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Lamott Anne Bird By Bird
Logan Kirsty Things We Say In The Dark
Maksimovich Jennifer Two Shadows. A Ghost Story based upon real events
Manson Mark Everything Is F*cked
Manson Mark The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck
Martin George R R A Game Of Thrones
Maupin Armistead The Days of Anna Madrigal
McGrath Titania Woke
Murray Douglas The Strange Death of Europe
Murray Douglas The Madness of Crowds
Niven Govinden This Brutal House
Norton Graham Holding
Peterson Jordan B Maps of Meaning
Peterson Jordan B 12 Rules For Life
Pinker Steven The Blank Slate
Redek Amy What Happens At Night
Sagan Carl Cosmos
Sedaris David Me Talk Pretty One Day
Shapiro Dani Slow Motion
Shrier Abigail Irriversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters
Solzhenitsyn Aleksandr The Gulag Archepelego
Starkey David Monarchy
Stuart Douglas Shuggie Bain
Welsh Irvine Trainspotting
Walker Matthew Why We Sleep

Using apps allows me to carry a whole library of books wherever I go. Helpful when going on holiday. You are not taking up vital space in your luggage for reading material. It is also beneficial if I chat with someone about a book and they express an interest in it. I can send them a copy and share mine with them. It doesn’t cost them or me anything extra. As you know, a book habit can get costly if you’re not careful.

I will only tell you the author of the book and the title. I’m not sharing feedback on the books. However, I may do it at a later date. The list is quite long, and the author and title are enough.

Another thing that I have found extremely useful is learning how to read speedily. Most of us read at a rate of around 190 words per minute. Using a combination of apps and webinars, I have increased my speed to about 260 wpm. Don’t you think that’s possible? Try it and find out for yourself. Please don’t take just my word for it.

I will put the list in alphabetical order of the author’s surname. So if you have a favourite author in mind and want to know if I’ve read them, you can scan through the list quickly, which gives it some structure and makes sense to me. Other opinions and methodologies are available.

Suppose mine disagrees with you. Leave me a comment, and I will do my best to find another solution for you. Would a recording of the list be helpful, for example? Should I be thinking about more significant font types? What about other languages? Do let me know. I welcome all of your feedback and comments.


So there we go, a list of the books I read last year. As you can tell, I read a wide range of genres and a mix of fiction and non-fiction. Which I believe was something else Stephen King encouraged. I do read everywhere I go. That’s another benefit of having different media to choose from you. I can pick the press to suit the environment that I am in. I squeeze in a few minutes while waiting to have my groceries checked out. Or any other queue situation I find myself in. Doctor, dentist, pharmacy, customer service call on hold, and so forth. I can read in the car and my reading corner at home. I would instead read than watch something. When I want to watch something, I use a reward system—20 mins for each goal or sub-goal I achieve in a day. So for an hour of viewing. I would need to complete a minimum of three goals. I mark it off on a little chart on my fridge door. Seeing lots of ticks on the sheet as the weeks and months pass is very satisfying.

Has anyone else compiled a list of books they have read in the past year that you would like to share? Do you have any recommendations that are not your own? What reading habits have you taught yourself? Please let me know by liking and leaving a comment.

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An LGBTQ+ writer living and working in Birmingham UK. A published writer whose new book (due Summer 2022) a memoir tells of how he as a young man in an Edinburgh slum from 1970 - 1990s fought through poverty, violent abuse, the Mormon Church, the British Army, marriage and fatherhood. Whilst all the while struggling to understand his sexuality and inner spirituality leading him to make a decision that could shatter his life and the lives of those he loves most. Will the weight of the past drag him back down? Or will he rise and triumph against all the odds? He has written short stories on of which titled 'Oh Mum' a fiction based on actual events published in an online magazine at http://shortsmagazine.com in the Summer 2021 edition. He has written a clutch of Flash Fiction, poems, a radio comedy, and has a weekly blog on his website http://www.tomgalewriter.com He lives with his partner and are engaged to be married.

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