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23 books for 2023

Posting yearly reading lists has become risky as of late, but that won’t stop me. As with last year’s this is more of a guide than a mandate: I may — but probably won’t — read all of them. Odds are, my favorite book of the year won’t even be one on the list.

  1. The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again (M. John Harrison)
  2. Hitler (Joachim C. Fest)
  3. NRSV, The C. S. Lewis Bible (C. S. Lewis et al.)
  4. 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed (Eric H. Cline)
  5. Rules of Civility (Amor Towles)
  6. The Odyssey (Homer, Emily Wilson translation)
  7. Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans (Plutarch, Dryden translation)
  8. Station Eternity (Mur Lafferty)
  9. Talent (Tyler Cowen and Daniel Gross)
  10. Wanting: The Power of Mimetic Desire in Everyday Life (Luke Burgis)
  11. The Formula: The Universal Laws of Success (Albert-László Barabási)
  12. An Immense World (Ed Young)
  13. From Baghdad to Boardrooms: My Family’s Odyssey (Ezra K. Zikha and Ken Emerson)
  14. Ravenous: Otto Warburg, the Nazis, and the Search for the Cancer-Diet Connection (Sam Apple)
  15. How to Listen to Jazz (Ted Gioia)
  16. Whole Earth Discipline (Stewart Brand)
  17. The Revolt of the Masses (Ortega y Gasset)
  18. Debt: The First 5,000 Years (David Graeber)
  19. Against Method (Paul Feyerabend)
  20. I Am a Strange Loop (Douglas R. Hofstadter)
  21. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (Annie Dillard)
  22. Blood Meridian (Cormac McCarthy)
  23. Empty Space: A Haunting (M. John Harrison)

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