My Year in Books for 2023

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The final count for 2023 looks like 37 – 18 on paper, 11 on Kindle, and six audiobooks. It’s not worth going down the list book by book, but there are a few notes worth making.

First, many were series. I read six of Patrick O’Brien’s Aubrey/Maturin (books 2-7), the first three of Jodi Taylor’s Chronicles of St Mary’s, the latest installments in the Laundry Files and Rivers of London series, and finished the last of the Cliff Janeway “Bookman” books. It’s unusual for me to read that much fiction, but I’ve had a definite interest this year.

On the nonfiction side, eight books dealing with World War II, seven of which dealt with – or at least included – naval combat (three about Guadalcanal which was deliberate as I got interested in the Cactus Air Force) and one about FDR.

Three of the Audible are old purchases I finally finished. Only one of the 37 is a reread.

The best? Robert Caro’s “The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power”. As I said in my post, it’s the most effective work of nonfiction I have ever read.

Looking forward to more Aubrey/Maturin, St Mary’s and Rivers of London & Laundry Files in the coming year. I have a dozen paper volumes laid out in various stages of completion, and dozens more on my TBR list. Not sure when I’ll get to them, but they’re indexed and ready to go whenever there’s time.

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Michael C. Smith

Marshall, Texas lawyer. I post on things that attract my interest while puttering in my study. Mostly family, books, home, history, World War II and scale modeling.
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