My favorite books I read in 2023

These may or may not be published in 2023, but I read them this year.


  • Too Like the Lightning and The Seven Surrenders by Ada Palmer. These are two books in the Terra Incognita series. These were the best books I read of the year by far. The world building is great. There is a lot of philosophy built in as well as a lot about what makes a good society (and how do we define good). I thought that I am a well-read person but Palmer’s depth and breadth of knowledge is impressive. Excellent all around.
  • The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates. The novel looks at slavery from the inside. In puts real human face on the horrible life Compelling characters and excellent writing.
  • The Story of Hong Gildong. A Korean classic. Not very long, but worth a read.