This is everything I read in 2023 and what I thought of them.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

There's only two people that can do magic and everyone seems really chill about it.

Interview with the Vampire

Although the title uses the definite article "the", there are in fact multiple vampires.

Sea of Tranquility

It feels like there's another story before or after this that is missing. Perhaps read Station Eleven first.

No One is Talking About This

The saddest book I've ever read. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

An interesting story of friends that grow up together as people, business entrepreneurs, and creators. In the end they reflect on their life as if they were old retirees, when they just turned 30.

Tender is the Flesh

A book about culinary choices in a near-future dystopia. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Station Eleven

Another near-future dystopia. This one is more fun, because it's about a traveling theater troupe.

What Dreams May Come

Much more interesting than the synopsis makes it sound. Great world-building in a novel that you wouldn't expect a novel world.


A small-town mystery that has great world building and turns into a bit of a horror thriller. I probably won't continue reading the series, but this first novel is well worth the read.

The Vampire Lestat

It is interesting to read more the back-story and world from Interview With the Vampire.

The Queen of the Damned

Of the three novels I read from The Vampire Chronicles this was the least interesting.

i'm thinking of ending things

Fantastic, surrealist novel. Forget the film and read this instead. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Lonesome Dove

A great epic western.

Failed State

Another near-future dystopia. The characters, story, and setting didn't work for me. About a lawyer that makes a lot of poor decisions, that aren't intended to be poor choices.

Inherent Vice

Took me forever to read. It really feels like you have a sense of being in the narrators head as a spaced out private investigator. There is about a million characters to keep track of.

Dance Dance Dance

Exactly like you'd expect from Murakami. I enjoyed it.

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

A little old-fashioned in some of the language. A good story on how AI will destroy us all if we're not nice to it.

Set My Heart to Five

A fun story of a robot with feelings.


A gruesomely fascinating novel of medieval villagers. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Our Wives Under the Sea

An exploration on grief and our need to return to the sea. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Vegetarian

Not good. This book explains that if you're wife or daughter becomes a vegetarian you should try to force-feed her meat and then call the mental asylum to take her away in a straight jacket.

The Guest

An anxiety-driven novel about searching for your next safe place to rest. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A Touch of Jen.

Similar to Our Wives Under the Sea, this is about turning into a monster. This one is about re-birth though (as Jen of course). ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine

By joining a cult about pastries. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Soda marketing is a cut-throat business.

Fever Dream

A magic realism novella about bargains with the devil.

Shades of Grey

What if we based society on the colours we can see. I am eagerly awaiting the sequel, because the world-building, characters, and plot were great. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Long Walk

A lot of writing about how to poop while walking backwards. In typical Stephen King fashion there is no ending.

The Blade Runner

A thinly veiled espousal of capitalism. Even if that wasn't the intention of the author.

The Box Man

You walk around wearing a box, entirely separate from society.


An in-your-face treaty on the horrors of capitalism.