TBR 2023

Last year I read 38 books, up from 32 the previous year. I’m still prioritizing books that I have physical copies of and want to decide if I want to keep or not. In the absence of a really clear priority (for instance, reading Northanger Abbey or The Last Unicorn), I use a book randomizer I made in Excel that is weighted towards books I have a physical copy of (marked with asterisks). Of course, if past years are any indication, then the list is a formality, since most of my reading comes from the “additional” bits, but this year I was honest with myself and added a few books I’m planning on reading.

Anyway, here’s my TBR (To-Be-Read list) for 2023!


  • Bold green text denotes a book I read
  • Bold blue text denotes a book I read that was not originally on the list
  • (Audio) denotes a book I read in audiobook format
  • (Hybrid) denotes a book I read simultaneously in audiobook and traditional formats.
  • * Denotes a book I’m “prioritizing” because I already have a physical copy.

Books on Initial List: 83

  • Books from List Read: 2
  • Additional Books Read: 1
  • Total Books This Year: 3
    • Last Updated March 11, 2023.

Individual books

  1. Austen, Jane. Northanger Abbey.*
  2. Bage, Robert. Hermsprong.*
  3. Barris, Chuck. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.*
  4. Baxter, Stephen. The Time Ships.
  5. Ballard, JG. High-Rise.
  6. —. The Terminal Beach*
  7. —. The Unlimited Dream Company.*
  8. —. The Voices of Time.*
  9. Barth, John. Giles Goat-Boy.*
  10. Beagle, Peter S. The Last Unicorn.
  11. Bradbury, Ray. The Toynbee Convector.*
  12. Bulgakov, Mikhail. The Master and Margarita.*
  13. Butler, Jack. Living in Little Rock with Miss Little Rock.*
  14. Carillo, Ellen C. Teaching Readers in Post-Truth America.*
  15. Delany, Samuel. Empire Star.
  16. Dick, Philip K. Confessions of a Crap Artist.*
  17. —. Ubik.
  18. Dreyer, Benjamin. Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style.
  19. Dumas, Alexandre. The Count of Monte Cristo.
  20. Dunn, Katherine. Geek Love.
  21. Faulkner, William. Light in August.*
  22. —. Mosquitoes.
  23. Gerrold, David. The Man Who Folded Himself.
  24. Hall, Steven. The Raw Shark Texts.*
  25. Heinlein, Robert A. Friday.*
  26. Held Evans, Rachel. Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again.
  27. Hurley, Kameron. The Light Brigade.
  28. Jemisin, N.K. The City We Became.*
  29. Johnson, Mat. Invisible Things.
  30. Jones, Diana Wynne. Howl’s Moving Castle.
  31. Kazantzakis, Nikos. The Last Temptation of Christ.
  32. Keel, Elizabeth A.M. Running Into Trouble.*
  33. King, Maxwell. The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers.*
  34. Lewis, Sinclair. Elmer Gantry.
  35. Liu Cixin. The Three Body Problem.
  36. McKay, Claude. Amiable with Big Teeth.*
  37. Miller, Walter M. A Canticle for Leibowitz.
  38. Morimi, Tomihikio. The Tatami Galaxy.*
  39. Muir, Tamsyn. Nona the Ninth.
  40. Newitz, Annalee. Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age.
  41. Priest, Christopher. The Prestige.
  42. Russ, Joanna. The Female Man.
  43. Salesses, Matthew. Craft in the Real World.*
  44. Saunders, George. Civilwarland in Deep Decline.
  45. Scalzi, John. Old Man’s War.
  46. Setterfield, Diane. The Thirteenth Tale.
  47. Silverberg, Robert. Up the Line.
  48. Smith, Emma. Portable Magic: A History of Books and Their Readers.*
  49. Tanpinar, Ahmet Hamdi. The Time Regulation Institute.*
  50. Takami, Koshun. Battle Royale.
  51. Thompson, Hunter S. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
  52. Willis, Connie. The Doomsday Book.*


Banks, Iain M. The Culture Series

  1. Consider Phlebas
  2. The Player of Games.
  3. Use of Weapons.
  4. The State of the Art.
  5. Excession.
  6. Inversions.
  7. Look to Windward.
  8. Matter.
  9. Surface Detail.
  10. The Hydrogen Sonata.

Jordan, Robert. The Wheel of Time Saga.

  1. Knife of Dreams.
  2. (and Brandon Sanderson). The Gathering Storm.
  3. (and Brandon Sanderson). Towers of Midnight.
  4. (and Brandon Sanderson). A Memory of Light.

LeGuin, Ursula K. The Earthsea Saga

  1. The Farthest Shore.
  2. Tehanu.
  3. Tales from Earthsea.
  4. The Other Wind.

—. The Hainish Cycle.

  1. Rocannon’s World.
  2. Planet of Exiles
  3. City of Illusions.
  4. The Left Hand of Darkness.
  5. The Dispossessed.
  6. “The Word for World is Forest.”
  7. Four Ways to Forgiveness.
  8. The Telling.

L’Engle, Madeline. The Time Quintet.

  1. A Wrinkle in Time.*
  2. A Wind in the Door.*
  3. A Swiftly Tilting Planet.*
  4. Many Waters.*
  5. An Acceptable Time.*

Additional Books

  1. Pratchett, Terry. The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents.