My 2023 Book and Audiobook Readings: A Retrospective
Summary of My Readings and Audiobooks from 2023, Covering Everything from Business to Literature.
Felipe Mejía
Felipe Mejía

In 2023, I immersed myself in various books and audiobooks that marked my year. Below, I share this list, attempting to order them according to the impact and value they brought me. In each one, I express my impressions, while for a detailed review, sources can be found on the internet.

Business:

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap, and Others Don’t by Jim Collins is a book where each chapter delves into an idea based on research and not anecdotes, presenting clear ideas and strategies that any company can consider, highlighting blind spots in many of today’s management practices.

Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It by Chris Voss and Tahl Raz offers a purely negotiator’s perspective, presenting situations tested for dealing with difficult people, offering strategies and easily replicable methods.

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull, although it’s a particular case, a story in the author’s life called Pixar, provides management ideas that encourage creativity.

How The Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In by Jim Collins, in line with his other books, presents cases of companies that have fallen after being successful, analyzing what aspects might indicate that our company or any company is doing something wrong and how to get back on track.

Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins, Jerry I. Porras explores what comes next after having a successful company, especially in Latin America, where companies tend to last shorter than in other regions, and what can be done to make them endure.

Competing Against Luck: The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice by Clayton M. Christensen, Karen Dillon, Taddy Hall, and David S. Duncan brings a powerful idea about making the customer progress, focusing on what the person wants, not necessarily what their company wants.

Literature:

Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov is a highly recommended great trilogy. I had it pending, and it’s to be noticed.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides is the best thriller I’ve read in years and one I enjoyed.

Buda Blues by Mario Mendoza is the most anarchist book I’ve read. It is attractive despite or because of its anarchy.

El sueño del celta by Mario Vargas Llosa is based on a real case of rubber exploitation in the Amazon, with Vargas Llosa telling his stories well as always.

El caso Alaska Sanders by Joël Dicker is a sequel to one of the best thrillers in history, The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, not at the same level, but still entertaining.

Los hombres invisibles by Mario Mendoza is an adventure book in Colombia suitable for passing the time.

The Maidens by Alex Michaelides is predictable but entertaining.

El pintor de almas by Ildefonso Falcones, which is not recommended, is a poorly done Spanish attempt at Ken Follett.

Others:

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari does not disappoint. Harari, with vision, describes what comes with artificial intelligence and what becomes of the current religion, humanism.

La llamada de la tribu by Mario Vargas Llosa offers a fascinating view of liberalism in the world in the form of biographies.

No-cosas by Byung-Chul Han is a brief and exciting book on how we have turned everything into information, and even memories are now ephemeral information elements.

La agonía del eros by Byung-Chul Han can be explained in two or three pages, giving many detours for some exciting ideas, but it could be worth reading in full.

Unfinished:

Ruido:A Flaw in Human Judgment by Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony, and Cass R. Sunstein may not be suitable for an audiobook; it is too dense to be listened to.

El camino del artista by Julia Cameron was not for me.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, I might give it a second chance; so far, the story hasn’t hooked me.

These readings marked my year, each contributing to my growth and entertainment in unique ways. Have you read any of these? Or which ones not listed here would you add to the list?

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