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2023 Book Log

I kept a book log in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.

  1. The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit – I am a few years late to the story of Christopher Knight and really enjoyed this book.
  2. My Murder: A Novel – interesting novel set in a not to distant future
  3. But what if we’re wrong – I always enjoy Chuck Klosterman on the Bill Simmons podcast.
  4. Influx – A book science and technology what ifs
  5. Please Tell Me – who kidnapped a town’s favorite child
  6. Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Lifeā€¦And Maybe the World – short book of life advice from Admiral William H. McRaven
  7. Lights Out – murder mystery
  8. Florida Roadkill: A Novel – first book in the series
  9. FixIt – 6th book in the Joe Ide IQ series.
  10. The Hanging City – fantasy novel about a human living among trolls.
  11. The Inheritance Games – the first book in the four-book YA series. Looking forward to the next book.
  12. Mothered – an Amazon first reads book.
  13. Heroes of the Frontier – a mom escapes to Alaska with her two children. She is running from a lot of trouble and is still running at the end of the book.
  14. Why we swim – engaging cultural history of why humans swim for survival, food gathering, competition, fitness, mindfulness and fun.
  15. Drift – a short book about making conscious choices and moving past the choices you didn’t make to make choices to be on the path you want to be in.
  16. The Animal Keeprs: the story of an unlikely hero and an unforgettable season – My son finished his final season as a SPASH XC runner a few months ago. The traditions, teamwork, goal setting and sportsmanship Coach Behnke writes about in the Animal Keepers still exist more than 35 years since the storied 1985 season. Cross country, at SPASH and many schools, transforms the lives of the young men and young women who participate.
  17. Thousand-Miler: Adventures Hiking the Ice Age Trail – we’ve got a goal to section hike the entire Ice Age Trail in the next 5 years. Some recon with this helpful book.
  18. Fairy Tale – a 2022 Stephen King book about a young man from Illinois who goes on a fairy tale adventure.
  19. Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival – Little Norm Ollestad tells the story of surviving a plane crash by alternating the harrowing escape down a mountain after the crash with stories of a father who wanted his best but didn’t always act with Norm’s best interests in mind.
  20. Feral: Losing myself and finding my way in America’s National Parks – Emily Pennington, admist the COVID-19 pandemic and a crushing break-up, realizes a dream by visiting 60+ National Parks.
  21. Pesos: The rise and fall of a border family – family biography of a corrupt (now reformed???) family on the San Diego and Tijuana border.
  22. The Island – two families hunt one another within the confines of an island off the coast of Australia.
  23. 2312 – political and social problems in the widely colonized solar system. This was a slog of a book that I started in 2022 and struggled to finish.

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.