As you’ve come to anticipate each year, below is my annual list of the books I read in the year of our Lord 2023.

Not to brag, but I yet again upped the number of books I read year over year. Actually, I am bragging. I read 19 in 2021, 35 in 2022, and 42 in 2023. Linear improvement folks. See the list below, with a key at the bottom.

  1. Mostly Harmless
  2. Killers of the Flower Moon*
  3. Still Life
  4. Prayers For the Stolen*
  5. Fever Dream
  6. For Crying Out Loud
  7. John Dies at the End
  8. This Book is Full of Spiders
  9. What The Hell Did I Just Read
  10. If this Book Exists You’re in the Wrong Universe
  11. The Mars Room
  12. The World Without Us*
  13. Finlay Donovan is Killing It
  14. The Perfect Pass
  15. My Education
  16. Remarkably Bright Creatures*
  17. The Da Vinci Code
  18. Shopgirl
  19. Fair Ball
  20. Demon Copperhead*
  21. Naked Money
  22. Finlay Donovan Knocks Em Dead
  23. Pure Drivel
  24. Finlay Donovan Jumps the Gun
  25. The Vanishing Hitchhiker*
  26. Angels and Demons
  27. A is for Alabi
  28. B is for Burglar
  29. Signal Fires*
  30. C is for Corpse
  31. Meditations
  32. The River*
  33. The Book Playing the Percentages in Baseball
  34. The Lost Symbol
  35. The Guide*
  36. We Are Never Meeting In Real Life
  37. Lamb The Gospel According to Biff
  38. Trust*
  39. The Lost Kings
  40. Cell
  41. Dune
  42. Duped

Italics indicates the book is one I’ve read previously.

* Indicates that this book was read as a part of a book club.

Most Predictable Book — The Lost Kings

Good book overall! But I saw the twist coming about a mile and a half (see: a few hundred pages) away. Didn’t really pull me in a ton to be honest, but was by no means not worth a read, it just won’t appear at the top of my Best Books list (partially, but not completely, because I don’t write one).

Worst Book — Pure Drivel

A friend and I recently had a conversation about Steve Martin. He is considered by many to be a comedy legend. In fact, I’m currently about halfway through a MasterClass on comedy with Mr. Martin. However, I’m almost entirely unfamiliar with his work, outside of the movie Cheaper By the Dozen, which I would hazard is not lauded as the SNL mainstay’s most prestigious work.

That said, I read two books by Steve Martin this year: Shopgirl, and Pure Drivel. Shopgirl was worth a read — it wasn’t mind bending or earth shattering, but it kept my attention. Pure Drivel was exactly as titled.

Books I Gave As Gifts This Year — We Are Never Meeting in Real Life; Lamb

A certain specicial someone introduced me to Sam Irby this year via the book mentioned above. The essays were fantastic, and ended up being a gift I purchased for more than one person this year to spread the joy the book gave me. Likewise, a reread of my favorite Christopher Moore book yielded me purchasing it as a gift for another good friend this year.

Book I Spend the Most Time Glossing Over Words and Assuming I’d Understand Them Later — Dune