2023 Annual Reading List

This was a year of rereading.

I definitely tried to read more new books - but ultimately I crept towards comfortable books. Of the books I did read this year, I’ve been able to name only two as a ‘top’ book - perhaps because I feel that certain books aren’t meant to be ‘top’ books (if they’re meant for kids / based on a tv show). In the past I’ve named a handful of books that fit this criteria to the top - this year these books live in Honorable Mentions.

Whether it’s because of some societal bias against that style / genre of book, my unwillingness to induct any of those novels was reason enough to omit them. Anyways, here’s my lists - with an added section this year of ‘Most reread’:

Top Books

  1. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  2. Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

Honorable Mentions

  • Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline
  • Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson
  • Upgrade by Blake Crouch
  • That Will Never Work: The Birth of Netflix and the Amazing Life of an Idea by Marc Randolph
  • Avatar, The Last Airbender: The Rise of Kyoshi + The Shadow of Kyoshi + The Dawn of Yangchen + The Legacy of Yangchen by F. C. Lee
  • Platonic: How the Science of Attachment Can Help You Make — and Keep — Friends by Marisa G. Franco, PhD books i read

Most Reread

  1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  2. by Rick Riordan
    • Percy Jackson and the Olympians
    • The Heroes of Olympus
    • Daughter of the Deep
  3. Harry Potter by JK Rowling
  4. Magyk by Annie Sage

What’s on my Radar

If you’d like to recommend me anything, feel free to send me a line via email to ronak.manish.shah@gmail.com, or send a tweet to @trulyronak