2023 Books

I consume the majority of my books through audio, specifically Audible, some through Kindle, and then some dead tree versions. Don’t @ me, it’s what I do and if you don’t and use something else, that’s awesome. I’m truly happy for you.

So, here’s my 2023 books by medium.


Roadkill by Dennis E. Taylor. I didn’t finish it. In fact, I don’t think I get more than 50 “pages” in before giving up. I don’t know why, it just…didn’t work out.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz. Didn’t finish.

Buy-In by John P. Jitter, Lorne A. Whitehead. A really good, short read on how to not have your good idea killed by other people.

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson. It was…fine. Fantasy isn’t my favorite genre, but I stuck with this one.

The Caledonian Gambit by Dan Moren. Didn’t finish.

SpecOps by Craig Alanson. An interesting sci-fi novel but I think the narrator isn’t my favorite.

Wool by Hugh Howey. I read this because I watched Silo. I think I live the TV version more, but I appreciate how much more detail the book was able to give. I don’t think I read the rest though.

Quit by Annie Duke. A solid advice book.

Slow Time Between Stars by John Scalzi. It’s just a short story, but I instabuy anything from Mr. Scalzi.

The Crux by Richard P. Rumelt. The follow-up to his quintessential book on strategy and well worth the read.

Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman. You have a finite time to live, what are you doing with that time?

Paradise by Craig Alanson. The third book in his series. Haven’t finished it yet. Again, probably the narrator.

Starter Villain by John Scalzi. Absolutely hilarious, but again, I’ll buy anything from Scalzi.

Product Roadmaps Relaunched by C. Todd Lombardo, Bruce McCarthy, Evan Ryan, and Michael Connors. This book is fantastic and if you have to create roadmaps for software teams or projects, this is a must-read.

Wiring the Winning Organization by Gene Kim, Steve Spear. Even if you aren’t a manager, this is well worth the read and it’s based on a ton of research.

The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu. Still reading, hoping for good things.

Switch by Dan and Chip Heath. All about the science of changing behavior.

Kindle/Dead Tree

Product Operations by Melissa Perri, Denise Tilles. Haven’t started yet.

Tidy First? By Kent Beck. Haven’t started yet.

Implementing Service Level Objectives by Alex Hidalgo. Haven’t started yet.

Extreme Programming Explained by Kent Beck and Cynthia Andres. A good read, but also easy to put down when distracted.

Amazon Order History

Amazon provides an Order History Export function and it will give you everything back to 2006 in a CSV download. I dumped that into a Google Sheet, did a quick pivot table to get orders by year...just because.

A graph showing that my Amazon order count has increased over time

Now, a few caveats...

  1. This is only orders on my account, not our total household orders.
  2. I would haven't to manually enter orders prior to 2006 and I'm pretty lazy, so that probably won't happen.
  3. I don't know why our orders exploded in 2011. I should probably look up some kind of Amazon Prime timeline to see what launched.
  4. I don't know what happened in 2017.