2023 Reads

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.

Here are my reads for 2023.

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 

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