The Year in Reading, 2023 Edition
My husband was a perfectly normal person who would read books when the mood struck. Then he discovered Andy Weir, began listening to audiobooks, joined a book club, and installed bookshelves in the living room for his growing collection. It's fun to hear him say, "You'd like this book I read." It wasn't an instantaneous transition, but it has stuck long enough to be a part of his personality now.
But back to the topic at hand: I read 102 books. (Goodreads calculates the average book length at 264 pages.)
I indulged in Escargot and met The Knight Owl; encountered octopuses, an ogress, Christopher Marlowe, and an alien with a Scottish accent; and discovered Dark Academy.
I read popular books, including Demon Copperhead and Lessons in Chemistry. I discovered Howl's Moving Castle and met Mel Brooks (on the page). I re-read a few books (including Ninth House; The Princess Bride; A Lot Like Christmas; Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret; and Forever....).
I mixed media like mad: audiobooks, e-books, print books, graphic novels, picture books, books with line drawings and photos, and books where the images were all in my head. Some books I read in two or three formats.
Nearly half were from My (Public) Library. Nearly a quarter were from my own shelves (several are pictured, above), and many others were consumed via my e-reader and mobile phone.
My first 2023 read was Upgrade by Blake Crouch.
My final read of the year was What You are Looking For Is in the Library by Michiko Aoyama.
My least favorites were Atlas Six and Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow.
The ones I have talked about the most include Of Time and Turtles, Finding the Mother Tree, Light from Uncommon Stars, Remarkably Bright Creatures, and Demon Copperhead. Each of these books ripped out my heart and gave it back to me better than it was before.
One author managed to wow and underwhelm me with two (very) different tomes.
I finished The Invisible Library series and started a few others (The Glass Library, Wolf Hall, Witches of Brooklyn, Alex Stern) (though, technically, Ninth House was a re-read).I don't know if I'll ever again read this much in a single year, but it was a wild ride I enjoyed immensely.
Chris' 2023 Reads
What You Are Looking For Is In The Library
The Untold Story (The Invisible Library, #8)
The Medici Manuscript
Of Time and Turtles
Simon and the Bear
The Shortest Day
Upside Down Hanukkah
Seven Spools Of Thread
The Shortest Day of the Year
A Lot Like Christmas
Bookshops & Bonedust
Witches of Brooklyn: Spell of a Time
This Book is Gay
Easy Crochet Dishcloths
The Road to Roswell
Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores
Finding the Mother Tree
Garlic and the Witch
The Magician's Daughter
What an Owl Knows
Hallowe’en Party/ A Haunting in Venice
Elvis Puffs Out
The Princess Bride
Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories
Poems to See By
The Portable Door
The Personal Librarian
I Need a Hug
Hudson and Tallulah Take Sides
Big Panda and Tiny Dragon
The Killers of the Flower Moon
Shit Cassandra Saw: Stories
The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels
The Seven Year Slip
All About Me!
Trespass series: The Tiger Came to the Mountain
Little Owl Lost
Take it Away, Tommy! A Breaking Cat News Adventure
Murder Your Employer
Howl’s Moving Castle
Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret
Allergic: A Graphic Novel
Witches of Brooklyn: S’more Magic
The Atlas Six
Light from Uncommon Stars
Warrior Girl Unearthed
Catherine, Called Birdy
Ozma of Oz #2
Code Name Verity
Vegan Cooking for Two: 200+ Recipes for Everything You Love to Eat (America’s Test Kitchen)
Oddball (A Sarah’s Scribbles Collection, #4)
The Poet’s Dog
A House With Good Bones
Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries
What If 2
Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow
I Swear: Politics is Messier than My Minivan
The Librarian of Crooked Lane
Poverty, by America
If Cats Disappeared from the World
Into Shadow: The Garden, Persephone, The Six Deaths of the Saint
A Lullaby for Witches
Thank You for Listening
A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting
Dear Ijeawele; or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
Lessons in Chemistry
A Tip for the Hangman
The 1619 Project
The Wehr Wolf
The Ogress and the Orphans
Trayvon: Ten Years Later
Come From Away: Welcome to the Rock: An Inside Look at the Hit Musical
The Shadowy Horses
Remember How I Love You: Love Letters From an Extraordinary Marriage
Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution
The Dark Archive
Less is Lost
Remarkably Bright Creatures