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.

year in books

This is an overall of my 2023 in books, according to goodreads.

4 thoughts on “2023 in Books”

  • Your review of the year is so much neater, succinct and well set out compared to mine! I enjoyed reading what you read. How thick is that Liverpool book???? Over 3000 pages??? I can’t even fathom what that would be like to hold?!
    I should try the Jack The Ripper book- would be intriguing.
    I’m happy you also read the Mary Westamacott book and will try to message you once I’ve had a quick look again as book amnesia has got me again and I need to recheck details!
    I am intrigued by all your Ukraine books. I’ve got Vlodomir Zelensky’s book to read this year so I hope to learn more than from my 2 last year.
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    • It is wrong on goodreads, it was much shorter. Other are undercounted, so I think it averages out. I should have cut that part out, now that I think about it. 🙂

      On Ukraine, as you read a lot of fiction, I suggest Erin Litteken’s books, they are so well written and blend fiction with accurate accounts of events in the 1930s and 1940s Ukraine. Send me the message about the book when you want. 🙂

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