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.
- Mostly Harmless
- Killers of the Flower Moon*
- Still Life
- Prayers For the Stolen*
- Fever Dream
- For Crying Out Loud
- John Dies at the End
- This Book is Full of Spiders
- What The Hell Did I Just Read
- If this Book Exists You’re in the Wrong Universe
- The Mars Room
- The World Without Us*
- Finlay Donovan is Killing It
- The Perfect Pass
- My Education
- Remarkably Bright Creatures*
- The Da Vinci Code
- Fair Ball
- Demon Copperhead*
- Naked Money
- Finlay Donovan Knocks Em Dead
- Pure Drivel
- Finlay Donovan Jumps the Gun
- The Vanishing Hitchhiker*
- Angels and Demons
- A is for Alabi
- B is for Burglar
- Signal Fires*
- C is for Corpse
- The River*
- The Book Playing the Percentages in Baseball
- The Lost Symbol
- The Guide*
- We Are Never Meeting In Real Life
- Lamb The Gospel According to Biff
- The Lost Kings
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