2023: The 16th Annual Year in Books

Another year of reading is in the books! I love that I’ve been keeping track of my reading for almost my whole adult life—I started in 2008, when I was 21. I think it’s neat to be able to trace my interests and how I’ve formed my opinions on a lot of issues over time by seeing what I’ve read.

This year I finished a very respectable 82 books! This is quite a bit more than last year’s 51 (recall that last year I was doing a lot of work in vision therapy) and 2021’s 62 books (recall that I was taking that big Spanish exam that year). In 2020 (recall that … never mind) I read 88 books, so I guess I am reading more than I realized, even though I was once again disappointed to not read 100 books in a year. However, as I wrote in my plans for 2024 post, I am giving up that goal for good. If it happens, it happens. I’ve been joking that for every day I spend on the internet, I add three to five books to my reading list. There are just so many interesting books out there and unfortunately finite time in this existence (if any of you become a vampire, PLEASE turn me). I would like to take a year off of work and responsibilities to read a book every day and get caught up. I would also like the publishing industry to take a year-long moratorium on new works so I can get caught up. I think both of these requests are reasonable.

  • Page count: I read 27,566 pages. For comparison, last year I read about 18,000 pages in and 2020 I read just under 33,000. The most pages I’ve ever read in a year is 35,000 back in 2014 (when I had an office job and nothing to do all day).
  • Library use: 30 books from the library and 52 of my own books. Shout out to the library for saving me money! Thank you, local tax payers.
  • Digital and analog: 49 ebooks and 33 paper books. I’m definitely finding it easier to read the ebooks than the paper books lately. For example, I was trying to read this giant book about tap dance and it was hard to hold and the print was very small. I am weak, give me the ebook.
  • Fiction and non-fiction: 56 fiction and 26 non-fiction books. I am only growing more interested in the world around me, so I predict that my non-fiction to fiction ratio will increase over the next few years.
  • Instead of favorites, this year I am giving you some notable reads:

If you want to see what I read in previous years, you can click the books of the year tag to see all my past annual book posts.

If you would like to be book friends all year, you can join me on StoryGraph! My username is linzomatic.

And now: the list of books I read in 2023.

Date FinishedTitleAuthor
1/1ArmisticeLara Elena Donnelly
1/3AmnestyLara Elena Donnelly
1/7High Times in the Low ParliamentKelly Robins
1/14Egypt’s Golden Couple: When Akhenaten and Nefertiti Were Gods on EarthJohn Darnell, Collen Darnell
1/15Miss IcelandAuður Ava Ólafsdóttir
1/22The Secret Life of Groceries: The Dark Miracle of the American SupermarketBenjamin Lorr
1/22Battle of the Linguist MagesScotto Moore
1/26Cultish: The Language of FanaticismAmanda Montell
1/29Black Water SisterZen Cho
2/2Hotel SilenceAuður Ava Ólafsdóttir
2/4Permanent Distortion: How the Financial Markets Abandoned the Real Economy ForeverNomi Prins
2/13Plain Bad HeroinesEmily M. Danforth
2/21Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ RevolutionR. F. Kuang
2/25“You Just Need to Lose Weight”: And 19 Other Myths About Fat PeopleAubrey Gordon
2/28Remote ControlNnedi Okorafor
3/10The Citadel of Weeping PearlsAliette de Bodard
3/13Children of Ash and Elm: A History of the VikingsNeil Price
3/19The Darkness Manifesto: On Light Pollution, Night Ecology, and the Ancient Rhythms that Sustain LifeJohan Eklöf
3/19Pirate Enlightenment, or the Real LibertaliaDavid Graeber
3/27The Wolf in the WhaleJordanna Max Brodsky
3/30OutlawedAnna North
4/8The SelloutPaul Beatty
4/12The Big Con: How the Consulting Industry Weakens Our Businesses, Infantilizes Our Governments, and Warps Our EconomiesMariana Mazzucato, Rosie Collington
4/13Rest is Resistance: A ManifestoTricia Hersey
4/16The Age of WitchesLouisa Morgan
4/20A Court of Thorns and RosesSarah J. Maas
4/28The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English LanguageMark Forsyth
4/30Kingdom of Characters: The Language Revolution That Made China ModernJing Tsu
5/1Caperucita se come al LoboPilar Quintana
5/2Half A SoulOlivia Atwater
5/5Ten Thousand StitchesOlivia Atwater
5/13LongshadowOlivia Atwater
5/14Tema LibreAlejandro Zambra
5/18A Court of Mist and FurySarah J. Maas
5/25A Court of Wings and RuinSarah J. Maas
6/3Unmasking Autism: Discovering the New Faces of NeurodiversityDevon Price
6/5The Fairy Bargains of Prospect HillRowenna Miller
6/7The Big Reveal: An Illustrated Manifesto of DragSasha Velour
6/10Some Desparate GloryEmily Tesh
6/22The LibrarianMikhail Elizarov
6/23A Court of Frost and StarlightSarah J. Maas
6/29A Court of Silver FlamesSarah J. Maas
7/5The Restoration ProgramMary Dublin, Anne Kendsley
7/11The Book of GooseYiyun Li
7/12An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and GraceTamar Adler
7/17Strong Female CharacterFern Brady
7/19Deep as the Sky, Red as the SeaRita Chang-Eppig
7/21Ink Blood Sister ScribeEmma Törzs
7/25Camp DamascusChuck Tingle
8/1Un vaso de agua bajo mi cama: Inmigración, feminismo y bisexualidadDaisy Hernández
8/10The Archive UndyingEmma Mieko Camden
8/12Translation StateAnn Leckie
8/17Lesbian Love Story: A Memoir in ArchivesAmelia Possanza
8/20Daughter of the Moon GoddessSue Lynn Tan
8/23Sappho Is burningPage DuBois
8/24Vampires of El NorteIsabel Cañas
8/27Elite Capture: How the Powerful Took Over Identity PoliticsOlúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò
8/29To Be Taught, If FortunateBecky Chambers
9/4Art in the After-Culture: Capitalist Crisis and Cultural StrategyBen Davis
9/7The Saint of Bright DoorsVajra Chandrasekera
9/14The Jasad HeirSara Hashem
9/17Red, White, and Royal BlueCasey McQuiston
9/24Land and Freedom: The MST, the Zapatistas and Peasant Alternatives to NeoliberalismLeandro Vergara-Camus
9/24Now Is Not the Time to PanicKevin Wilson
10/4The Deep SkyYume Kitasei
10/19Witch KingMartha Wells
10/24All Systems RedMartha Wells
10/24Palestine: A Socialist IntroductionSumaya Awad, Brian Bean
10/26No Meat Required: The Cultural History & Culinary Future of Plant-Based EatingAlicia Kennedy
10/29Artificial ConditionMartha Wells
11/8The End of Reality: How Four Billionaires are Selling a Fantasy Future of the Metaverse, Mars, and CryptoJonathan Taplin
11/17Rogue ProtocolMartha Wells
11/21The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917-2017Rashid Khalidi
11/22Exit StrategyMartha Wells
11/24A Marvellous LightFreya Marske
11/28A Restless TruthFreya Marske
12/1A Power UnboundFreya Marske
12/10The Menopause Manifesto: Own Your Health with Facts and FeminismJen Gunter
12/20The HexologistsJosiah Bancroft
12/23CantorasCarolina de Robertis
12/27Jonathan Abernathy You Are KindMolly McGhee
12/29Heart of the Sun WarriorSue Lynn Tan