A Year in Books — 2022

31 books and quotes that shaped and inspired me in 2022

Max Frenzel, PhD
6 min readJan 2


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“A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.”

— Charles Baudelaire

The beginning of the new year is for many a time for reflection and review, as well as an opportunity to look ahead.

For me, together with my yearly goal setting, revisiting the books I read in the previous year and the notes I have taken while reading them has become an integral part of my own reflection and planning routine.

For the past five years now I have picked and shared a quote from each book. Below are the 31 books I read (or re-read) this past year, 2022, along with one quote that, for one reason or another, resonated with me.


Amplified: Unleash Your Potential Through the Power of Music (Frank Fitzpatrick)

“Your ears don’t close; they stay open to protect you. They are the primary self-preservation warning system for your reptilian brain.”

The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives (Leonard Mlodinow)

“We judge people and initiatives by their results, and we expect events to happen for good, understandable reason. But our clear visions of inevitability are often only illusions.”

The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma (Bessel van der Kolk)

“After trauma the world is experienced with a different nervous system. The survivor’s energy now becomes focused on suppressing inner chaos, at the expense of spontaneous involvement in their lives.”

Babel: Around the World in 20 Languages (Gaston Dorren)

“To quote an erudite British author of my acquaintance: ‘In English one can embark on a sentence with no very clear idea of the destination, but with German we find we can’t…



Max Frenzel, PhD

AI Researcher, Writer, Digital Creative. Passionate about helping you build your rest ethic. Author of the international bestseller Time Off. www.maxfrenzel.com