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Favorite books in 2023

My favorite reads this year, in the order I read them:


  • The Perfectionists, by Simon Winchester
  • The Soul of a New Machine, by Tracy Kidder
  • First, by Evan Thomas
  • All the President’s Men, by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward
  • The River of Doubt, by Candice Millard
  • Caste, by Isabel Wilkerson
  • Convictions, by John Kroger
  • Indigenous Continent, by Pekka Hämäläinen
  • When the Heavens Went on Sale, by Ashlee Vance
  • Let’s Talk About Race and Priesthood, by W. Paul Reeve
  • Leadership, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Avid Reader, by Robert Gottlieb
  • Ways of Being, by James Bridle
  • In the Garden of Beasts, by Erik Larson


  • Memory, by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • The Justice of Kings, by Richard Swan
  • The Goblin Emperor, by Katherine Addison
  • Paladin of Souls, by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
  • The Will of the Many, by James Islington
  • In the Woods, by Tana French
  • Blood Over Bright Haven, by M. L. Wang
  • Cage of Souls, by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Memories of Ice, by Steven Erikson
  • The Return of Fitzroy Angursell, by Victoria Goddard
  • Chosen, by Benedict Jacka
  • Made Things, by Adrian Tchaikovsky