For most years over the last seven years (since I started blogging at the tail end of the blogging bubble — good timing on my part), I have shared the books that I’ve read in a given year. This is that list for 2023.

I have an entirely subject 4-star rating system, based mostly on how much I enjoyed a book. I have noted over the years that for books I’ve read more than once, the ratings are not consistent from one reading to the next.

  • Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (second reading, link) — I anticipate a third reading in a few years — ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman (link) — I will definitely be reading more of his books in the future — ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Upgrade by Blake Crouch (link) — I’ll read everything he writes for the foreseeable future — ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson (link) — I really hope there are more books coming in this series — ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Mistborn: The Lost Metal by Brandon Sanderson (link) — a good finale to the second half of the series — ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2
  • Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo (link) — Bardugo is another author currently on my “read everything they publish” list — ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2
  • The Expanse: Abaddon’s Gate by James S. A. Corey (link) — I loved this finale to the first trilogy of the series — ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Fairy Tale by Stephen King (link) — between this book, Billy Summers, and The Institute, I have really enjoyed the run that King has been on lately — ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Murderbot Diaries: Network Effect by Martha Wells (link) — ⭐⭐⭐
  • Raylan by Elmore Leonard (link) — Leonard is one of the great stories tellers; I love how he captures the essence of a particular people and place — ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (link) — I re-read this one because I was using elements of the structure for my forthcoming novel Watch Party, which I’ve described as a mash-up between this book and Cast Away — ⭐⭐⭐
  • The Originals by Brandon Sanderson and Mary Robinette Kowal — ⭐⭐⭐
  • The Noise by James Patterson and J. D. Barker (link) — ⭐⭐⭐
  • Killing Floor by Lee Childs (link) — Thrillers aren’t really my jam, but I was giving them a shot this year; I came to the conclusion that I’m just not the intended audience — ⭐⭐⭐
  • The Deep by Alma Katsu (link) — ⭐⭐⭐
  • A House with Good Bones by T. Kingfisher (link) — I had never read any of her books before, but now I want to read all of them — ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang (link) — There were parts of this book that I really liked, but I had some hangups with it too — ⭐⭐⭐
  • The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake (link) — ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Atlas Paradox by Olivie Blake (link) — ⭐⭐⭐
  • The Spare Man by Mary Robinette Kowal (link) — ⭐⭐⭐
  • Murderbot Diaries: Exit Strategy by Martha Wells (link) — ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (link) — I really loved this story the first time I read it several years ago; less so this time through — ⭐⭐⭐
  • Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldree (link) — ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2
  • Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros (link) — I was definitely not the intended audience for this one — ⭐⭐ 1/2
  • Nettle and Bone by T. Kingfisher (link) — This is the last book I’ll finish for the year and was a great one to end on — ⭐⭐⭐⭐

In other news, my fourth novel, Casual Business with Fairies (link), came out in 2023. And I wrote my fifth novel, Watch Party (pre-order link), which is scheduled for release on April 9, 2024.