2023 Booklist

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This is my Booklist of 2023.

This is by far the year that I read most books. Before sharing all 60 books, I want to state that my rating system is based on my own opinions and the ones that resonate the most with me at the time.

The two I loved the most were The Emperor of All Maladies and What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. The first one is a masterpiece. It talks about cancer, science, research, history, and so much information about the world of medicine and science in its almost 600 pages. The second is a memoir of Haruki Murakami which he talks about his feelings when running and the challenges he faced. But what I liked the most in his book was how courageous he was to close his bar business to focus entirely on his novels and produce world-class books.

Here are some statistics:

  • 51 of the books were non-fiction (the genre I like the most). So only 15% were fiction, and this includes 7 books of Harry. I'm actually pretty proud to finally read the entire saga.
  • 76% were male authors. 24% female. Maybe it's time to diversify my reading and get a wider perspective. I'm in search of great female writers, some of whom I already found here, thanks Triketora.
  • 8 biographies. I really like this genre and I want to invest more time in it.
  • Most of the books were self-help books, most what I would consider 3 stars or worse, and they didn't provide me great value, so for me, it would be much better to do something else or read more interesting books


Here's the list:

  1. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. The Intelligence Trap, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  3. 14 Habits of Highly Productive Developers, ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  4. Discipline Is Destiny, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  5. Eat That Frog!, ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  6. High Output Management, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  7. Writing An Interpreter In Go, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  8. Build: An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making, ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  9. Jony Ive, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  10. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  11. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  12. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  13. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  14. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  15. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  16. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  17. Cabeça Fria, Coração Quente, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  18. The Almanack of Naval Ravikant, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  19. Man's Search for Meaning, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  20. Busy Doing Nothing, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  21. The 4-Hour Workweek, ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  22. Ten Basic Rules for Better Living, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  23. Self Discipline the Neuroscience, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  24. The Science of Getting Rich, ⭐️⭐️
  25. How to Live on 24 Hours a Day, ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  26. The Psychology of Money, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  27. Deep Work, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  28. Ikigai, ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  29. The Art Of Thinking In Systems, ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  30. The Art Of Saying NO, ⭐️⭐️
  31. The Courage to Be Disliked, ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  32. Do It Today, ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  33. The Diary of a Young Girl, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  34. Minds and Machines, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  35. Mindsets, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  36. No Excuses!, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  37. Building Confidence, ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  38. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  39. The Emperor of All Maladies, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  40. The Art of Money Getting, ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  41. Me Poupe!, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  42. Ten++ Ways to Make Money as a Developer, ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  43. Adeus, Aposentadoria, ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  44. The Art and Business of Online Writing, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  45. Neuroscience of Mind Empowerment, ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  46. Stone Giant, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  47. 10x Is Easier Than 2x, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  48. The Pragmatic Programmer, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  49. Young Forever, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  50. The One Thing, ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  51. Essentialism, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  52. Software Engineering, ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  53. The Last Children of Tokyo, ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  54. You Had Me at Hello World, 1
  55. Mestrado e Doutorado em Computação, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  56. Sunny Sunny Ann!, ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  57. Effective TypeScript, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  58. True Age, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  59. Elon Musk, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  60. Hidden Potential, ⭐️⭐️⭐️

One of my goals is to read more widely but two topics I have in mind to read the most in 2024:

  • Read to improve myself
  • Read to understand the world

Until next year. Have a happy book reading in 2024.


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