Books Read in 2023

Stacks of books in daytime

This year, I tried to read a bit more fiction. Here’s what I read.

Eight Bears by Gloria Dickie

Eight Bears by Gloria Dickie is the best non-fiction book I read in 2023. Loved it. Book review.

The Soccer Book by DK

The Soccer Book by DK is an excellent scannable refererence book. It’s great for watching & enjoying soccer a bit more.

Last Days of California by Mary Miller

Last Days of California by Mary Miller was one of the best fiction reads of 2023. It’s a lovely story with memorable characters. Book review.

99% Invisible City by Roman Mars

99% Invisible City by Roman Mars is a fascinating read and I’m definitely noticing more details about my city now. Book review.

Lives of the Trees by Diana Wells

Lives of the Trees by Diana Wells is my kind of science book. I love all the stories about trees and how we’ve developed relationships with them over the centuries. Book review.

A World Lost

A World Lost by Wendell Berry is an engaging character driven novel set in a fast-changing time in the American South. Book Review.

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Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle is an always classic read. These stories are timeless. Book review.

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The Gulf by Jack Davis is a dense, but lyrical history of the Gulf of Mexico. I go to the Gulf quite a bit, so it resonated. Book review.

Quiet American by Graham Greene

Quiet American by Graham Greene is a classic book about Americans abroad, personal responsibility, and complexity. It was different than I thought it would be, but good nonetheless. Book review.

The Ballad of a Small Player by Lawrence Osborne

The Ballad of a Small Player by Lawrence Osborne is a character study in a beautiful setting. Not as good as the author’s other work. Book review.

The Glass Kingdom

The Glass Kingdom by Lawrence Osborne is an *amazing* novel. The setting is A++. The story is dark, psychological, and right on. Book review.

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Long-Ago Stories of the Eastern Cherokee by Lloyd Arneach is a must-read for anyone who lives in the American Southeast. Myth is tied to the landscape and the Cherokee are the only people who developed and preserved myth about the landscape of the American Southeast. Grandmother spider brings the dawn is the best. Book review.

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These Gentle Hills by John Kollock is a pretty niche book that I inherited from my Grandma. It’s all about the change and history of North Georgia. Loved it. Book review.

Silent Spring Revolution by Douglas Brinkley

Silent Spring Revolution by Douglas Brinkley is the final book of possibly the best set of history books I’ve ever read. Our view of nature was not one long cultural evolution. It took place in several giant leaps. Wilderness Warrior covered the 1900s. Our Rightful Heritage covered the 1930s. And this book covers the 1960s. Excellent writing. Book review.

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Curse of Saints by Kate Dramis is a fun fantasy novel written by a long-time friend. Book review. You should absolutely check it out!

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Historic Rural Churches of Georgia by Sonny Seals is a lovely coffee-table style book that I borrowed from my parents. I’m a sucker for exploring rural Georgia, and there’s no better window into rural Georgia than through churches. Book review.

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The Pioneers by David McCullough is a fascinating book about an overlooked era. It’s not as strong as his other work, but it pairs well with Life On The Mississippi by Rinker Buck. Book review.

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The Revenant by Michael Punke is a novel…that I actually think works better on the Big Screen. But! It is an amazing (mostly true) story about an overlooked chapter in American history. Book review.

How To Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid

How To Become Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid is one of my top 5 novels that I’ve ever read. And I read it for the 4th time this year. Book review.

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Hiking Trails of the Cohutta & Big Frog Wilderness by Tim Homan is a niche guide to one of my favorite places on Earth. What’s so great is that even though it was written in 1998…it’s still accurate after all these years. Book review.

Last Ballad

The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash is a moving novel set in the rural American South. I love that it tells a forgotten true story. The characters are right on. Love it. Book review.

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The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle is a classic tale that I’ll never get tired of reading. Book review.

What's Our Problem by Tim Urban

What’s Our Problem? by Tim Urban is Wait But Why‘s big book about why the world is the way it is. Always funny and thought provoking. Book review.

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Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun is a sort of depressing book, but a classic nonetheless. Apparently it’s Norway’s national book? Good to mix things up. Book review.

Existentialist Cafe by Sarah Bakewell

Existentialist Cafe by Sarah Bakewell is a fairly niche non-fiction book. I found it interesting and readable (unlike some of the subject’s primary works). Book review.

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Eastern Forests by Peterson Guides is one of my favorite guide books. I love that it focuses on the entire ecosystem rather than a specific type of flora or fauna. Book review.

Stolen Focus

Stolen Focus by Johann Hari is one of the best, most tactical that I read in 2023. I like the balance and tension of systemic & individual reasons & actions. This is a bigger deal than we think IMO. Book review.

Life on the Mississippi

Life on the Mississippi by Rinker Buck is the best kind of travel book. It a fun sequel to Oregon Trail. Book review.

The Road Less Stupid

The Road Less Stupid by Keith Cunningham is one of the better business books I’ve read. The advice is very tactical and useful. However…he could have taken some advice from the Editor of The Book. Book review.

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Plays Well with Others by Eric Barker is a fun and very useful book. I should re-read it. Book review.

Mud Season Ellen Stimson

Mud Season by Ellen Stimson is a bit of a let down. Honestly, this book should have been a blog or a YouTube channel. Book review.

Empire of Liberty Gordon Wood

Empire of Liberty by Gordon Wood is a door-stopper, but still very readable history of the United States from 1789-1815. It’s a comprehensive dive into all the political, cultural, and economic trends that were sweeping through the United States after Independence. Long, but fascinating read. Full book review.

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Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle is an ebook that I obtained from Standard Ebooks. It was beautifully formatted and a breeze to read. I remembered why it is the definition of the mystery genre. I definitely plan to read the whole collection this year. Full book review.

Short Works 2

Short Works by Epictetus is an ebook that I obtained from Standard Ebooks. I’m glad I started with his short works, because Epictetus is one weird dude with punctuated brilliance. His core idea – that you have total control over yourself and to not be affected by external events is smart, underrated, and useful in moderation. But even among other Stoic writers, he seems to be quite eccentric and extreme. Full book review.

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