2023: My Year in Books

A grid, 10 wide and 7 tall, composed of the covers of the 70 books I read this year. The titles are listed below.

Time for my annual book post chronicling my reading and celebrating the ever-increasing availability of books to blind readers worldwide!

2023 felt like five years squished into one. We just did a lot of living this year, on every level, and surprisingly this didn’t cut into my reading at all. I read seventy books (not counting stuff directly related to research).

In previous years, I’ve gone a little overboard doing reviews for my favorites, but this year I’m not feeling the inspiration. It’s been such a diverse and interesting year of reading that I would scarcely know how to pick winners anyhow. There are only maybe two or three that I wouldn’t recommend to someone sometime in some frame of mind. So if you see something interesting in the list below assume I don’t think it’s terrible—and feel free to ask about it!

The List

  • The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Distinction: A Social Critique of the judgment of taste by Pierre Bourdieu
  • The Power by Naomi Alderman
  • Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells
  • How Infrastructure Works: Inside the Systems that Shape Our World by Deb Chachra
  • Hello, Beautiful! by Anne Napolitano
  • Elite Capture: How the Powerful Took Over Identity Politics by Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò
  • Manifesto: Three Classic Essays on How to Change the World by Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Rosa Luxembourg, and Ernesto “Che” Guevara
  • Extremely Online: The Untold Story of Fame, Influence, and Power on the Internet by Taylor Lorenz
  • Minor Detail by Adania Shibli
  • Doppelganger: A Trip Into the Mirror World by Naomi Klein
  • Fully Automated Luxury Communism: A Manifesto by Aaron Bastani
  • Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
  • Against Technoableism: Rethinking Who Needs Improvement by Ashley Shew
  • Force and Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence by Kelly Carter Jackson
  • Radicalized by Cory Doctorow
  • Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  • Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
  • A Prayer for the Crown-Shy (Monk and Robot #2) by Becky Chambers
  • Enheduana: The Complete Poems of the World’s First Author by Sophus Helle
  • The Lunar Chronicles (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter) by Marissa Meyer
  • To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers
  • The Country of the Blind: A Memoir at the End of Sight by Andrew Leland
  • Work WOn’t Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone by Sarah Jaffe
  • This Changes Everything: Capitalism and the Climate by Naomi Klein
  • The Permaculture City: Regenerative Design for Urban, Suburban, and Town Resilience by Toby Hemingway
  • Dirt to Soil: One Family’s Journey into Regenerative Agriculture by Gabe Brown
  • The Vegetable Gardener’s Guide to Permaculture: Creating an Edible Ecosystem by Christopher Shein
  • Building a Better World in Your Backyard (Instead of Being Angry at Bad Guys) by Paul Wheaton (re-read)
  • Everyday Utopia: What 2,000 Years of Wild Experiments can Teach Us about the Good Life by Kristen R. Ghodsee
  • The Making of the Bible: From the First Fragments to Sacred Scripture by Konrad Schmid
  • The Closed Book: How the Rabbis Taught the Jews (Not) to Read the Bible by Rebecca Scharbach Wollenberg
  • The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty #1) by Ken Liu
  • Histories of the Transgender Child by Jules Gill-Peterson
  • Fidelity: Five Stories by Wendell Berry
  • This is How YOu Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar
  • The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi by Shannon Chakraborty
  • Why Does He Do That? Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men by Lundy Bancroft
  • The Myth of Political Correctness: The Conservative Attack on Higher Education by John K. Wilson
  • The Education Myth: How Human Capital Trumped Social Democracy by John Shelton
  • Wilding by Isabella Tree
  • How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States by Daniel Immerwahr
  • Butts: A Backstory by Heather Radke
  • In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives by J. Jack Halberstam
  • Babel, Or The Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution by R. F. Kuang
  • The House in the Cerulean Sea by T. J. Klune
  • Undoing Gender by Judith Butler
  • Middlemarch by George Eliot
  • A Place to Hang the Moon by kate Albus
  • The Racism of People Who Love You: Essays on Mixed-Race Belonging by Samira Maida
  • The Gig Academy: Mapping Labor in the Neoliberal University by Adrianna Kezar
  • Inheritance Trilogy (The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, The Broken Kingdoms, and The Kingdom of Gods) by N. K. Jemisin
  • The Overstory by Richard Powers
  • American War by Omar El Akkad
  • Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
  • Entangled Life: How Fungi Make our Worlds, Change our Minds, and Shape our Futures by Merlin Sheldrake
  • The Amorites in the Bronze Age near East: The Making of a Regional Identity by Aaron Burke
  • No More Police: A Case for Abolition by Mariame Kaba
  • The River of Silver by S. A. Chakraborty
  • The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love by bell hooks
  • The Reindeer Chronicles, and Other Inspiring Stories of Working with nature to Heal the Earth by Judith D. Schwartz
  • Circe by Madeline Miller
  • Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variability by J. Jack Halberstam
  • Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism by bell hooks

One thought on “2023: My Year in Books

  1. Love this list! The Country of the Blind was on my favorites list this year. Leland is such an engaging and charming writer. Babel by RF Kuang was another one I read and really enjoyed – – I’d love to hear your thoughts specifically on that one! And I’m currently reading Demon Copperhead, having never read David Copperfield. Did you read Dickens or Kingsolver first? I think I’ll try Dickens once I’m done, but we’ll see.

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