Continuing Education

2022 Book Log

I kept a book log in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

I read a bunch of books this year. Bewilderment, Riverman and Zero Fail were my favorites. I also started but didn’t finish (yet) at least three books in 2022.

  1. The Hive – another murder mystery set in the Pacific Northwest
  2. Hidden in Snow – murder mystery set in a Norway ski resort town
  3. Alias Grace – historical fiction about a double murder in Canada in the late 1840s.
  4. Bewilderment – a novel by Richard Powers that explores the edges of the universe and impending political and climate collapse.
  5. The Hike – a fairly forgettable novel about two sisters and their husbands that go on a day hike that ends in tragedy.
  6. Smoke: An IQ Novel – the 5th book in the IQ series that I have been enjoying for the last several years.
  7. The Time Keeper – a 2012 Mitch Albom book. Enjoy the time you have rather than wishing for more or that it will go faster.
  8. Such a beautiful thing to behold: a novel – a family breaks and reunites during a plague in their small rural town.
  9. Where the crawdads sing – read the book, haven’t seen the movie.
  10. The Intangible: a novel – relationships, as challenging or harder than theoretical math, are at the core of this story.
  11. Running with Sherman: The Donkey Who Survived Against All Odds and Raced Like a Champion – we need animals in our lives and we need to spend time outdoors. Both things will make us physically and mentally healthier and safer.
  12. The Peacekeeper: A Novel (The Good Lands) – an intriguing book that imagines North America without European colonization as the setting for a murder mystery.
  13. Rock Island State Park Guidebook – read while serving as a volunteer docent at the restored and amazing Potawatomie Lighthouse.
  14. Perspectives, Volume I: An Emergency Medicine and Public Safety Anthology – Collection of patients told through the eyes of paramedics, cops, nurses and doctors.
  15. Riverman: An American Odyssey – true story of Dick Conant and the many people he met and inspired on long-distance canoe trips.
  16. Sea of Tranquility – time hoping novel from Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station 11.
  17. Freedom – a series of short books with a book that reflect upon ancient and modern societal meanings of freedom. By Sebastian Junger.
  18. The Escape Artist – the first book in the Zig and Nola Brown series.
  19. The Overstory: a novel – We need trees. More importantly we need to stop and listen to the trees.
  20. Termination Shock – geoengineering to avert climate change disaster in the near future.
  21. Everyone Communicates Few Connect – read for a John Maxwell book club at work.
  22. How to Change: The Science of Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be – An excellent book about building and maintaining habits. EMS1 article, inspired by the book, about “anytime resolutions.”
  23. Sooley – John Grisham writes the fictional story of a basketball prodigy from South Sudan who flew too close to the sun.
  24. Hi Five (An IQ Novel Book 4) – continue to work my way through the IQ series.
  25. Death in the Sunshine (the retired detectives club book 1) – a slow moving who dun’it with too much detail. Not likely I’d read a book 2 in this series.
  26. Among Others – a YA sci fi novel that publisher’s weekly described (aptly) as “turns the magical boarding school story inside out in this compelling coming-of-age tale.”
  27. The Salt Line – post apocolyptic love story. Instead of a viral illness, zombies or vampires the villan in this story is a tick.
  28. Zero Fail: the rise and fall of the Secret Service – when the highest profile Secret Service incidents are told in a continuous sequence it makes for edge-of-the seat and borderline terrifying reading.
  29. Deep Sleep (Devin Gray Book 1) – A vast Russian sleeper cell is conspiring to ruin the U.S. Devin and friends try to stop them.
  30. Wrecked (An IQ Novel Book 3) – Third book in the mordern day Sherlock series set in SoCal.
  31. Righteous (An IQ Novel Book 2) – Isiah Quintabe is a modern day Sherlock in Long Beach, California.

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.