2023 Reading List

In the middle of 2023 I was left at home for a week while my wife and kids went abroad. I was left with a list of DIY tasks, so I decided listen to some audiobooks while glossing the hall stairs and landing.

Since then I have been cramming audiobooks into dog walks, car journeys and household tasks.

These are the titles I listened to in 2023 (a couple of physical books too). I have rated them out of 5 stars.

Title Author Rating
Atomic Habits James Clear ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Hit Refresh Satya Nadella ⭐⭐⭐
The Art of War Sun Tzu ⭐⭐
How to Avoid a Climate Disaster Bill Gates ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Start with Why Simon Sinek ⭐⭐⭐⭐
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking ⭐⭐⭐
Existential Physics Sabine Hossenfelder ⭐⭐⭐
Turn the Ship Around David Marquet ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Future is Faster than you Think Peter H. Diamandis, Steven Kotler ⭐⭐
Quantum Supremacy Michio Kaku ⭐⭐
Zero to One Peter Thiel ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Never Split the Difference Chris Voss ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Measure what Matters John Doerr ⭐⭐
Emotional Agility Susan David ⭐⭐⭐
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Patrick Lencioni ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Making of a Manager Julie Zhuo ⭐⭐
Shoe Dog Phil Knight ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Tools and Weapons Brad Smith
Dare to Lead Brene Brown ⭐⭐⭐
Drive Daniel H. Pink ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Grit Angela Duckworth ⭐⭐⭐

For me the stand out was “Shoe Dog”, Phil Knights account of the founding of Nike. I was gripped from start to finish. He’s a great story teller, and it’s a fascinating story, making you wonder how Nike ever made it. I gave it 5 stars.