The 13 Books I Read in 2022, Reviewed in 3 Phrases

I read a lot of non-fiction in 2022 and it’s currently my favorite genre—specifically non-fiction books about psychology and mindfulness.


54% of the books I read are rated 5 stars. Nice!

Upstream: Selected Essays : Oliver, Mary: Books

1. Upstream: Selected Essays by Mary Oliver

Calming. Invigorating. Enlightening. [Full review]

I'm Glad My Mom Died: McCurdy, Jennette: 9781982185824: Books -

2. I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy

Heartbreaking. Honest and insightful. Compelling writing.

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us  About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence: Pollan,  Michael: 9781594204227: Books -

3. How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan

Psychedelics. Eye-opening. Reflective.

Little Women: Alcott, Louisa May, Bond, Anna: 8601416366470: Books -

4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Charming. Heartfelt. Jo is my favorite.

The House in the Cerulean Sea: Klune, TJ: 9781250217288: Books -

5. The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

Heartwarming. Adorable kids. Charming love story.

The Travelling Cat Chronicles : Arikawa, Hiro, Gabriel, Philip:  Books

6. The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

Love the humorous perspective of Nana the cat. Friendships. Poignant.

Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving:  Headlee, Celeste: 9781984824738: Books -

7. Do Nothing by Celeste Headlee

An antidote to the current productivity-obsessed era. Relationships over productivity. Fulfillment over efficiency.


I rated this one book 2 stars.

Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and  Fear to Heal Your Mind: Brewer, Judson: 9780593330449: Books -

8. Unwinding Anxiety by Judson Brewer

Lots of great info about anxiety. Too long. Repetitive and sometimes cringy.


Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi | Goodreads

9. Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Time travel. Minimal, heartwarming, moving, quaint. Cried at the last few pages.

Man's Search for Meaning, Gift Edition: Frankl, Viktor E., Kushner, Harold  S., Winslade, William J.: 9780323306577: Books -

10. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

Finding your purpose. Making choices. Nazi concentration camps.

What I Know For Sure: Winfrey, Oprah: 9781250054050: Books -

11. What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey

Inspiring. Like a warm hug. Lots of wisdom.

Hidden Pictures: A Novel : Rekulak, Jason: Books

12. Hidden Pictures by Jason Rekulak

Creepy and scary illustrations. Protagonist is a bit meh and sometimes frustrating. Great start but underwhelming plot twist.

Black Cake: A Novel : Wilkerson, Charmaine: Books

13. Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson

Beautiful writing. Frustrating characters. Too many social issues.

My digital bookshelf in Notion:


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