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My 2022 Book List

I have never been a big reader. It was a massive source of stress when I was in K-12 because I struggled with reading out loud and am classically slow at the task. There was a lot of pressure to be fast and accurate, which compounded my stress resulting in me labeling myself as bad at the exercise.

It wasn’t until I was well through college that I realized that there is a high chance that I am living with undiagnosed high functioning dyslexia.

I found audio books about 3 years ago but only really got into them this year. I used to think that audiobooks were ‘cheating’ because I didn’t have a physical book in my hand. After letting go of this belief system my world was open to thousands of books to be discovered through audio. This year I discovered my favorite type of audiobooks are memoirs. I truly enjoy learning from other’s experiences, especially from people I admire.

As I’m writing this I have consumed 20 books both audio and physical during the 2022 year. The thing is, I didn’t set out with a reading goal this year. So I am just as shocked to know that I have consumed this much content in the last 12 months.

Below is the list of books I have listened to or physically read this year.

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

Will by Will Smith and Mark Manson

Speak by Tunde Oyeneyin

Dare to Lead by Brene Brown

A Promised Land by Barack Obama

Grit by Angela Duckworth

Finding Me by Viola Davis

Rising Strong by Brene Brown

I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy

Unbound by Tarana Burke

Me by Elton John

A New Model by Ashley Graham and Rebecca Paley

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

In Five Years by Revecca Serle

The Break Down by B.A. Paris

Atlas of the Heart by Brene Brown

The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama

Last Seen Alive by Claire Douglas

Lead from the Outside by Stacey Abrams

This list is filled with athletes, professors, actors, singers, politicians, activists, and creators. All with different upbringing, socioeconomic backgrounds, races, ages, and sexualities. Looking at this complete list I pause to think about what it says about me. What does the content we choose to consume say about any of us? Looking at this list to me it says that I want to consume content that will teach me something. That I want to consume content from a diverse group of people. That I want to consume content that leads me to think deeper. That I believe listening to people’s stories is meaningful.

When I was young I wanted to be famous, partly because I wanted to write a memoir that people would read. Because maybe if I was known by the masses then I would be sealed in time by literature. The story of my life printed in pages.

As we move into the new year I encourage you to assess the content you consume and maybe download the audible app. Choose the content you consume with intention. I want to fill myself up through what I listen to and read. There is always something to learn from another person’s perspective. And don’t worry audiobooks aren’t cheating ;)

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Hayley Nugent
Hayley Nugent
Dec 08, 2022

I'm so proud of you! I also struggle with reading because of having adhd, it's truly impossible for me to read more than a few pages- it feels like I ran a marathon. And it's been a big insecurity of mine. I also felt like audio books were cheating! But it's just a very neurotypical thing that we were taught that is so far from true. Thanks for the recs! Love reading your posts. -Hayley Nugent

Dec 08, 2022
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It so refreshing to learn that we aren't alone in struggles like this. It can be really isolating! Thank you for reading my posts, it means more than you know!

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