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Books I Read And Quit In 2022

Here’s a list of books I started, finished, quit, and paused this year. Yes, I am a heathen. I don’t finish books, I take long breaks from some of them, and I skip entire sections.

I think a lot of people can relate to this. University ruined reading for me. I grew up with books. I loved books. Then university crushed my spirit of reading. In the past few years, I have finally rediscovered the joys of reading, and damn AM I LOVING IT.

Part of how I rediscovered my passion for reading is when I gave myself permission to read however I want. I no longer follow silly conventions of reading, such as having to read every page, reading in chronological order, finishing my current book before I start a new one, etc.

Instead, I give myself the permission to pursue my reading interests. Which means not forcing myself to finish reading a book I don’t enjoy, and starting new books that interests me. I also take breaks on some books, with the intention to (eventually) return to it.

So if you want to read more, but find it hard to start reading, I recommend that you start with your interests…and not pressure yourself to have to finish the book. Like, heck, if you read five pages of a book and stopped, then you succeeded at enjoying five pages of reading!

So don’t feel pressured to have to be “perfect” at reading. Enjoy the process of it. Start and stop whenever you want!

Ok, enough of this preamble. I included my entire 2022 book and manga list, and my best picks for the year.

Book Picks For The Year

Most Practical Book (for my life)

When: The Scientific Secrets Of Perfect Timing, by Daniel Pink

This book inspired me to integrate naps in my weekly routine, and informed me on when to schedule different kinds of tasks/work in my day.

Most Captivating

Sapiens: A Brief History Of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari

“Sapiens” really appealed to my inner anthropologist self.

Most Enjoyable

Ping Pong The Animation, Matsumoto Taiyō

Yes, it’s an anime and not a book. But I had to share this here. It’s an anime with incredible character depth. I watched it twice this year and enjoyed it even more the second time around!

Most Excited To Finish

Minor Feelings, by Kathy Park Hong

I love the way Kathy Park Hong writes. I am really taking my time to read it, because it inspires so many topics for my blogs and newsletters! By the way, if you haven’t signed up for my newsletter, do so here!

The Book That I Really Wanted To Like But Just Can’t Seem To Be Interested In

Awakening Together: The Spiritual Practice of Inclusivity And Community, By Larry Yang

I think I’m just not ready for this book. I grew up in a Buddhist family, and I have some conflicting views on spirituality.


Books That I Read Every Page Of

The Psychology of Money, Morgan Housel

Chillpreneur, by Denise Duffield-Thomas

Quit Like A Millionaire, by Kristy Shen

The Big Leap, by Gay Hendricks

Well, That Escalated Quickly, by Franchesca Ramsey

Steal Like An Artist, by Austin Kleon

The Genius Zone, by Gay Hendricks

Show Your Work, by Austin Kleon

When: The Scientific Secrets Of Perfect Timing, by Daniel Pink

Sapiens: A Brief History Of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari

Books That I Read Most Pages Of

< I skip over some chapters/sections of these books, because it is stuff that I already know, info that isn't relevant to me, or simply because I am just not interested. >

The Personal MBA, by Josh Kaufman

Find Your Genius Zone, by Laura Garnett

Effortless, by Greg McKeown

The Creative Habit, by Twyla Tharp

Books I Haven’t Finished Reading But Plan To Return To

< I start and take (long) breaks from books. That’s just how I read. >

Minor Feelings, by Kathy Park Hong

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About The World, by Hans Rosling

Somatic Internal Family Systems Therapy, by Susan McConnell

Patriarchy Blues, by Frederick Joseph

Decolonizing Wealth, by Edgar Villanueva

Jameela Green Ruins Everything, by Zarqa Nawaz

Self-Care For Adult Children Of Emotionally Immature Parents, by Lindsay Gibson

My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma And The Pathway To Mending Our Hearts And Bodies, by Resmaa Menakem

Scarborough, A Novel, by Catherine Hernandez

Difficult Women, by Roxane Gay

Books I Started And Don't Plan To Finish Reading

< These are books I started, but lost interest in it for various reason. >

Racial Castration: Managing Masculinity In Asian America, by David L. Eng

Rocket Fuel, by Gino Wickman

The 3rd Alternative, by Stephen Covey

How To Win Friends And Influence People, by Dale Carnegie

Polysecure, by Jessica Fern

The Ascent Of Money, by Niall Ferguson

Thursday Is The New Friday, by Joe Sanok

Awakening Together: The Spiritual Practice of Inclusivity And Community, By Larry Yang

We Were Feminists Once, by Andi Zeisler

Hello, Habits, by Fumio Sasaki

Anime, Manga, and Graphic Novels I Read This Year

Ajin, by Miura Tsuina (completed)

Bastard, Hwang Youngchan (Completed)

Beastars, by Itagaki Paru (Quit)

Blue Period, by Yamaguchi Tsubasa (Quit)

Dandadan, by Tatsu Yukinobu (Quit)

Jujutsu Kaisen, by Akutami Gege (Quit)

Ping Pong The Animation, Matsumoto Taiyō (completed)

Sex Criminals, by Matt Fraction (Completed)

Ongoing Manga and Graphic Novels That I Read

Attack On Titan, Isayama Hajime

Chainsaw Man, by Fujimoto Tatsuki

Destroy All Of Humankind. They Can’t Be Regenerate., by Ise Katsura

Hajime No Ippo, by Morikawa Jyoji

Kingdom, by Hara Yasuhisa

One-Punch Man, by ONE

Saga, by Brian Vaughan

To Your Eternity, by Ōima Yoshitoki

Tokyo Revengers, by Ken Wakui

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