2023 in Books
For the 3rd year in a row I finished 89 books in an year! My goal for this year is: 89 again. All are pictured below. Also, all are reviewed on the blog, if you are curious to know more about any of them.
I will share answers to questions found on Kezzie’s blog, like last year, fewer though, to make it relevant to me. So, the best books I read in 2023:
Crime fiction – Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie
Classics – Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad*
Non-fiction – Live. Fight. Survive by Shaun Pinner*
Fiction – Absent in the Spring by Agatha Christie, her best non-mystery in my opinion.
Most surprising (in a good way) book of 2023 – Mindhunter by John E. Douglas
Book you read in 2023 that you recommended most to others – Burying the typewriter by Carmen Bugan
Favourite new author you discovered in 2023 – Erin Litteken (The memory keeper of Kyiv & The Lost Daughters of Ukraine)*
Book you read in 2023 that you’re most likely to read again Hitler, Stalin, mum and dad by Daniel Finkelstein*
Best book you read in 2023 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else Imagining the Balkans by Marii︠a︡ Nikolaeva Todorova*
Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2023 – Putin’s Prisoner by Aiden Aslin* & the one mentioned above too, Live. Fight. Survive by Shaun Pinner
Book you can’t BELIEVE you waited until 2023 to read – The Diary of Jack the Ripper by Shirley Harrison
Book that was the most fun to read – Liverpool Pubs by Ken Pye
Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2023 – The death of a soldier told by his sister by Olesya Khromeychuk*
Book you read in 2023 that you think got overlooked this year or when it came out? – The Life And Times Of Kitty Wilkinson by Michael Kelly
I don’t think it’s particularly surprising that most of these books are about Ukraine, written by Ukrainians or people linked to Ukraine, or recommended by an Ukrainian. I’ve added a * to each in this category. My academic life revolves at this point around Ukraine, naturally, as my thesis is on Ukraine. I am also looking to the history of Romania, Moldova, and other Eastern European countries.
This is an overall of my 2023 in books, according to goodreads.