2023 Year in Review

It’s been far too long since I’ve done a personal year in review. Let’s take a look back at what I read, listened to, and watched in 2023.


I read forty-three books in 2023! That’s a total of 13,759 pages, with an average book length of 320 pages. The shortest book was 21 pages (Clap Back, by Nalo Hopkinson), while the longest book was 608 pages (Death’s End, by Cixin Liu).

I explored the works of 28 authors, including Maya Angelou, Connie Willis, Susanna Clarke, Mike Chen, James McBride, Janelle Monae, and Haruki Murakami. I also made it a point in 2023 to read from a diverse set of authors. Since my favorite genre is science fiction it’s fairly easy for the bulk of my reading to come from white males, but in 2023 that demographic only accounted for 15% of the authors I read.

While it’s always difficult to pick a single favorite, the books that brought me the most joy last year were The Hate U Give, A Prayer for the Crown-Shy, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow.

Here are all of the books I read:

  1. The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
  2. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, by Douglas Adams
  3. A Prayer for the Crown-Shy, by Becky Chambers
  4. Mickey7, by Edward Ashton
  5. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
  6. Don’t Cry for Me, by Daniel Black
  7. The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer, by Janelle MonĂ¡e
  8. The Direction of the Wind, by Mansi Shah
  9. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
  10. Piranesi, by Susanna Clarke
  11. Clap Back, by Nalo Hopkinson
  12. Big Shot, by Mindy Kaling
  13. The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas, by Ursula K. Le Guin
  14. China Rich Girlfriend, by Kevin Kwan
  15. Network Effect, by Martha Wells
  16. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, by Gabrielle Zevin
  17. This Is How You Lose the Time War, by Max Gladstone and Amal El-Mohtar
  18. Rich People Problems, by Kevin Kwan
  19. Time and Again, by Clifford D. Simak
  20. Arsenic and Adobo, by Mia P. Manansala
  21. Death’s End, by Cixin Liu
  22. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis
  23. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
  24. Black Buck, by Mateo Askaripour
  25. Death by Dumpling, by Vivien Chien
  26. The Space Between Worlds, by Micaiah Johnson
  27. The Rosetta Mind: Book Two of the Rosetta Series, by Claire McCague
  28. Avatar, the Last Airbender: The Legacy of Yangchen, by F.C. Yee
  29. Fugitive Telemetry, by Martha Wells
  30. Devil in a Blue Dress, by Walter Mosley
  31. Deacon King Kong, by James McBride
  32. The Regional Office is Under Attack!, by Manuel Gonzales
  33. The House in the Pines, by Ana Reyes
  34. Reboot, by Amy Tintera
  35. Rebel, by Amy Tintera
  36. Dracula, by Bram Stoker
  37. The Spanish Love Deception, by Elena Armas
  38. The Sentence, by Louise Erdrich
  39. House of Gold, by C.T. Rwizi
  40. Standard Loneliness Package, by Charles Yu
  41. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, by Haruki Murakami
  42. Akata Woman, by Nnedi Okorafor
  43. We Could Be Heroes, by Mike Chen


I had 7,382 scrobbles in 2023! This translates to 489 hours of listening, 1,200 artists, 2,078 albums, and 4,496 tracks.

My top artists were, unsurprisingly, The Roots, Blackalicious, Kendrick Lamar, OutKast, and J-Live. My new discoveries included Dojo Cuts, Cleo Soul, Dijon, Jalen Ngonda, and Kimberose. My favorite new discovery is easily Dijon. While his album Absolutely is not a new release, it was a revelation to me. I had “The Dress” on repeat!

I even got to check out some live music, Little Brother in May and The Roots in December. These are two of my favorite acts to see and they did not disappoint. I’m happy to report that they still got it!


I watched 62 movies in 2023! Some of the standouts were The Woman King, Everything Everywhere All at Once, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, A Man Called Otto, and The Hate U Give.

I viewed 478 episodes from 44 shows in 2023! My favorite overall was Travelers, while my favorite new releases were The Power and Night Agent.