Almost every year I post what books I have read that year. This serves as a replacement for Goodreads, somehow.
Interestingly I didn't blog here at all last year. Most of my writing was in other places, like a newsletter Bad Software Advice, which is growing in a scary way and honestly is a lot of fun to write.
Anyway, I read some books last year. Ones that I loved have an * next to them are bolded. New authors that I "discovered" in 2023 and will likely read more of:
- George Saunders - have known of him for years but hated the only short story I had read by him, but A Swim in the Pond in the Rain was so good, so lovely, that I'm now working through his short stories from the beginning.
- Kevin Wilson - I think I read his entire catalog in 2023. Holy crap. I wish there was a feature where you can just put an "auto-buy" on any book by a particular author.
- Rich Bragg - starting with an autobiography then reading people's articles is a good way to do things, if you are a robot. Which I guess I am a bit.
Overall, a good year in terms of quality. I have not included the ~12 books that I started but have not finished, or technical material that I should be reading for work that is 20% done.
- Reboot *
- There is No Antimemetics Division *
- Finding Ultra
- On Earth we are Briefly Gorgeous
- Tunneling to the center of the earth
- Baby, You're gonna be mine
- The Abridged History of Rainfall
- War of the Worldviews
- Four Thousand Weeks *
- The Year of Magical Thinking *
- Breakfast of Champions
- Nothing to See Here *
- The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, & Issa *
- Midnight Library
- All over but the shoutin
- You could make this place beautiful
- Less is Lost
- The Family Fang
- Perfect Little World
- The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil
- We have always lived in the castle *
- Chess Story
- Now is not the time to panic
- Death in Her Hands
- Seven Steeples - this book seems like it was generated from a dare - can you write a book with no plot, that is still somehow quite interesting and makes the reader keep turning the page?
- After the Funeral and other stories *: a side effect of reading The New Yorker occasionally is that the short stories are so good, you will have to buy 2-3 books a year
- Government Cheese
- The Creative Act: A Way of Being
- Dark Pools
- A Random Walk Down Wall Street
- I Am Code
- The Bozo Loop
- Still Life
- A Swim in a Pond in The Rain *
- Technology Strategy Patterns
- City Primeval
- Discipline is Destiny
- Congratulations, by the way
- Accidental Saints
- Put your Ass where Your Heart Wants to Be
- The Art of Thinking Clearly