2023 Books


January 3, 2024

I read a total of 36 books in 2023, and couldn’t finish two others (Mercury Pictures Presents and Sun House). There were some great books, and some not so great.

Here’s the full list, arranged by rating and when I read them. The title links point to Amazon, which seemed to link more reliably to the ISBN10 code than bookshop.org’s ISBN13 urls, which seemed broken for older books.

2023 books
Title Author
I Have Some Questions for You Rebecca Makkai
Big Swiss Jen Beagin
Good Night, Irene Luis Alberto Urrea
The Librarianist Patrick deWitt
Crook Manifesto Colson Whitehead
The Adventurer’s Son Roman Dial
Tom Lake Ann Patchett
Walking My Dog, Jane Ned Rozell
The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store James McBride
What You Are Looking For Is in the Library Michiko Aoyama
Joyland Stephen King
Birnham Wood Eleanor Catton
Erasure Percival Everett
Small Things Like These Claire Keegan
Sweet Taste of Liberty W. Caleb McDaniel
Chain-Gang All-Stars Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
Very Good
Notes on Your Sudden Disappearance Alison Espach
Western Lane Chetna Maroo
Lone Women Victor LaValle
Mercy Street Jennifer Haigh
The Vaster Wilds Lauren Groff
Holly Stephen King
Dead Wake Erik Larson
Killers of the Flower Moon David Grann
The Storyteller Dave Grohl
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami
My Effin’ Life Geddy Lee
A Legacy of Spies John le Carré
Jack of Spades Joyce Carol Oates
The Rabbit Hutch Tess Gunty
The Birthday Party Laurent Mauvignier
This Other Eden Paul Harding
The Guest Emma Cline
Later Stephen King
Not Good
Manhunt Gretchen Felker-Martin
Couplets Maggie Millner

The photo I chose for this post is from a one-day hike of the Pinnell Mountain Trail I did with Ned and his dog Cora.

Walking with Ned and his dog, Cora