Last year I read perhaps the most books I’ve ever read in a year: 34. Yay! Sadly (to me) I never tracked these things as a youth. Maybe at some point in middle school I read more? In any case, I’m helped by also listening to audiobooks, almost exclusively via the library.
I’m struck that I read quite a few books that I only moderately enjoyed. Over the years I’ve gotten better at stopping books that I’m not loving, but if they are decent, I’ll still keep with them. I suspect my judgement of what qualifies as decent will continue to evolve over the coming years.
My favorite reads of 2023, in the order that I read them:
The High Window, a classic Philip Marlowe story by Raymond Chandler
Station Eleven, a post-apocalyptic tale by Emily St. John Mandel
My Brilliant Life, a sweet, heartfelt story by Ae-ran Kim
Yearbook, a surprisingly engaging memoir by Seth Rogen
Where the Crawdads Sing, a book you’ve all already read by Delia Owens
Born Standing Up, an early-career memoir by Steve Martin
Legends & Lattes (as well as Bookshops & Bonedust), a light fantasy novel of a unique variety by Travis Baldree