Thinking Outside the Books
Last year, I read 31 books read in the year of my 31st birthday. The encouragement from Mr Fables to read more led to an unexpected adventure! You can read my book reviews here:
This year I’m going to keep going. I love books. I’m very hungry for the good stuff, the “quake books.” The ones that shake you. That knock everything over and turn it upside down. The books to base your life on.
So, over the course of 2023, I will be reading 32 books in the calendar year to mark my 32nd birthday. It’s not quite one a week and a few extras for luck, but close enough.
Here’s my list for 2023 to be guided by, or to lose yourself in. Some old, some new. All important reading, in no particular order.
1 — Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience by Brené Brown
Atlas of the Heart
Clear. Coherent. Necessary. This is my favorite Brené Brown book yet. Which is saying something, since I've read and…
2 — VIRAL JUSTICE: How We Grow the World We Want by Ruha Benjamin
Viral Justice book. Read 19 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. An inspiring vision of how we can…
3 — Nasty Women by Laura Jones (Editor)
Thank you to Netgalley for providing me an advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review. Tell your stories and…
4 — Labours of Love: The Crisis of Care by Madeleine Bunting
Labours of Love
Essential reading for every person in the country Every single person in the country should read this book, to…
5 — Worlds Hidden in Plain Sight: The Evolving Idea of Complexity at the Santa Fe Institute, 1984–2019 by David C. Krakauer and others
Worlds Hidden in Plain Sight
An enjoyable overview This isn’t an academic work. It provides an overview of some of the thinking from the SFI…
6 — Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe
Empire of Pain
I’ve been reading a lot of non fiction because I haven’t been able to read romance. After this I want to crawl into a…
7 —Babylon’s Ashes (The Expanse #6) by James S.A. Corey
Babylon's Ashes (The Expanse, #6)
They are positioning their responses so they are in early and therefore will be displayed higher and get more likes…
8 — Persepolis Rising (The Expanse #7) by James S.A. Corey
Persepolis Rising (The Expanse, #7)
I have a Booktube channel now! Subscribe here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRjh... 3.5/5 stars This was another…
9 — Tiatmat’s Wrath (The Expanse #8) by James S.A. Corey
Tiamat's Wrath (The Expanse, #8)
What a wild ride! This is the 8th book in the The Expanse series and, as far as I know, the penultimate novel. As such…
10—Levianthan Falls (The Expanse #9) by James S.A. Corey
Leviathan Falls (The Expanse, #9)
Oh, my heart. I really didn't know how they'd wrap everything up in just one book but damn! They did it - and…
11 — White House Warriors: How the National Security Council Transformed the American Way of War by John Gans
White House Warriors
White House Warriors book. Read 20 reviews from the world’s largest community for readers. Since its founding more than…
12 — Voices of the Windrush Generation: The real story told by the people themselves by David Matthews
Voices of the Windrush Generation
The very first time I had heard about this book was in Capco’s book club mentioned by a colleague when the presenter…
13 — Men Who Hate Women — From Incels to Pickup Artists: The Truth about Extreme Misogyny and How It Affects Us All by Laura Bates
Men Who Hate Women — From Incels to Pickup Artists
Men Who Hate Women — From Incels to Pickup Artists book. Read 669 reviews from the world’s largest community for…
14 — Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder
Not all “full-timers” are there by circumstance….some are by choice. This title focuses more on the circumstance…
15 — Radical Uncertainty: Decision-Making Beyond the Numbers by John Kay and Mervyn King
“Radical uncertainty cannot be described in the probabilistic terms applicable to a game of chance. It is not just that…
16 — Holding the Line: Inside Trump’s Pentagon with Secretary Mattis by Guy M. Snodgrass
Holding the Line
In his new book, Guy Snodgrass, former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis's chief speechwriter, provides on-the-record…
Freedom is a Constant Struggle
The book helped me understand the Prison Abolition movement A LOT more. Whenever i heard of abolishing prisons all i…
Davis explores a multitude of themes and issues impacting society in this pocket-sized powerhouse book. It allows us all to think about our current world which we live in — and asks: What does equality look like?
18 — Know Your Place by Nathan Connolly (editor)
Know Your Place
This was an excellent collection. As with any anthology, there were some stories that resonated with me more than…
19 — Madly, Deeply: The Alan Rickman Diaries by Alan Rickman
I'd like to read them all too! For example, if they published them as e-books, then there would be only good outcomes …
20— English Pastoral: An Inheritance by James Rebanks
It is an excellent read for a book club. We need to engage in a dialog on what he talks about, if not for this…
21 — Flying on the Inside: A Memoir of Trauma and Recovery by Rachel Gotto
Flying on the Inside
"was always there, like an infinitesimal chink of light at the very end of a dark and tortuous tunnel. This was the…
22 — The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don’t by Julia Galef
The Scout Mindset
"Discovering you were wrong is an update, not a failure, and your worldview is a living document meant to be revised."…
23 —Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City by Andrea Elliott
I put off reading this for a few months because I thought it would be too heavy. I think while it IS heavy and has…
This is an indictment of the shelter system and a dysfunctional welfare state. Elliott’s heartfelt call forces us to look at a strata of society far too often ignored. It’s a story that will live inside you for a long time.
24 — The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker
The Art of Gathering
I highlighted this part when I was reading. Here are the questions for reference:I highlighted this part when I was…
25 — Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good by Adrienne Maree Brown
Every year I declare it the Year of *something* or other, and this year is the Year of Pleasure. For me, this means…
26— We Do This ’til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice by Mariame Kaba
We Do This 'til We Free Us
"When you say, "What would we do without prisons?" what you are really saying is: "What would we do without civil…
27 — Hostile Environment: How Immigrants Became Scapegoats by Maya Goodfellow
No Spoiler Review Great For | When you're angry at UK politics Hostile Environment was an outstanding read. The way…
28 — The Secret Life of Special Advisers by Peter Cardwell
The Secret Life of Special Advisers
The Secret Life of Special Advisers book. Read 6 reviews from the world's largest community for readers.
29 — The Good Shepherd by C.S. Forester
The Good Shepherd
The Good Shepherd book. Read 617 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. The Good Shepherd has been…
The novel is the internal thoughts of Captain Krause — it gets you to feel what it was like to command a warship in the North Atlantic: the crushing responsibility, the loneliness of command, the exertions of fighting an unseen enemy.
30 — Living Better: How I Learned to Survive Depression by Alastair Campbell
"The point, I said to Mairi Lyndsey, is that it is only because we have loved that we feel such pain, and the love…
31 — Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted by Suleika Jaouad
Between Two Kingdoms
(I just wanted to pop in here as a reminder in conversations around this book: we must remember that these are not…
32 — In a Time of Monsters: Travels Through a Middle East in Revolt by Emma Sky
In a Time of Monsters
Book reviews on www.snazzybooks.com I didn't really know what to expect from this novel, but having read an excerpt I…
Beyond ‘The List’
33— The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac
The Future We Choose
"Denying climate change is tantamount to saying you don't believe in gravity. The science of climate change is not a…
34— How Democracies Die: What History Reveals About Our Future by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
How Democracies Die
It is not about President Trump and it does not talk a lot about his presidency. It is about how democracies in general…
35 — How to Run a Government: So That Citizens Benefit and Taxpayers Don’t Go Crazy by Michael Barber
How to Run a Government
Fascinating focus on delivery Michael Barber is a zealot, committed to driving improvements in public service. This…
36 — Criminal: How Our Prisons Are Failing Us All by Angela Kirwin
Honestly, this book gets you thinking about the quality of British Prisons and how it can been seen as failing. True…
37 — Ghost Signs by Stu Hennigan
Read 18 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Stu Hennigan delivered emergency medicine and food…
38 — All That Remains: A Life in Death by Sue Black
All That Remains
“in striving to stay alive for as long as possible at all costs, all we are doing is in fact prolonging our dying…”…
39 — Broken Yard: The Fall of the Metropolitan Police by Tom Harper
Broken Yard: The Fall of the Metropolitan Police
Much of this book was familiar to me but it still ranks as an exceptional read and is superbly written.There are no…
This detailed critique — of 30 years of Met policing — asks if the Met is beyond repair. We know many of the stories already, and they’re common to all authorities: navigating a digital world, austerity, and maintaining public trust.
40 — Enough: The Violence Against Women and How to End It by Harriet Johnson
Enough: The Violence Against Women and How to End It
Read 25 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Why is our criminal justice system so bad at protecting…
How many more women? Johnson depicts the staggering extent of violence against women and the years of campaigning against it. It is as unsuprising as it is horrifying, and lays bare the the problems in our policing, laws and culture.
41 — Elites: Understanding Power Without Losing Your Soul by Douglas Board
Elites: Understanding Power Without Losing Your Soul
Read 7 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Douglas Board was hot-housed from an early age to be a…
This is a fascinating insight into the world of the ‘elite’, and what it takes to become one. It shows why, paradoxically, meritocracies create glass ceilings. After all this inside knowledge, do we still want to become part of the elite?
42 — SAS: Rogue Heroes by Ben Macintyre
Rogue Heroes: The History of the SAS, Britain's Secret ...
Read 847 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. In the summer of 1941, at the height of the war in the…
This book features an ensemble of eccentrics and mavericks — and one visionary who invented an elite commando unit — who find themselves in one harrowing situation after another. It’s a gripping account of wartime adventuring.
43 — The Old Kingdom Collection by Garth Nix
The Old Kingdom Collection: Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen, ...
Read 25 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Game of Thrones fans will love the New York Times…
Re-read an absolute favourite series (again). It may have been the magic and adventure that enchanted me as young reader, but the themes hold wisdom that have me coming back for all my life.
44 — Goldenhand by Garth Nix
Goldenhand (Abhorsen, #5)
Read 1,686 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Lirael knows the blood that runs in her veins and…
The stakes are a little smaller and little more personal than previous books. If you haven’t read them, you’re likely to find yourself more than a little at sea in this one.
45— Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal by Ben Macintyre
Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and...
Read 1,441 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Eddie Chapman was a charming criminal, a con man…
This is a remarkable story of a Second World War philanderer and double agent. No task was too dangerous, or ridiculous, for this agent. More thrilling than most spy thrillers and a lot more incredible to read!
57 Books: The List — feastsandfables
Mr Fables read and reviewed a list of 57 books in 2022. It’s an eclectic mix, fiction and non-fiction, new and old, some re-reads. All wonderful reading suggestions! #57Books