My favorite books written in the last two years or so
Thanks for reading Small Potatoes! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.
This started as “my favorite books written in 2023”, but it turned out that many of the books I read this year and really liked were written in 2022. So I changed it to “my favorite books of the last two years”—but then I discovered that two of them were published at the end of 2021, so I added an “or so”. Sheesh. Anyway, they’re all recent.
One of them—GOAT, by Tyler Cowen—I haven’t finished yet, but I’m enjoying it so much that it makes the list.
If you feel like your tastes match mine, I’d be grateful for further book recommendations in the comments.
Michael Connelly, Desert Star
Dennis Lehane, Small Mercies
Ian McEwan, Lessons
Kat Rosenfield, No One Will Miss Her
Kat Rosenfield, You Must Remember This
Richard Russo, Somebody’s Fool
Emily St. John Mandel, Sea of Tranquility
Oliver Burkeman, Four Thousand Weeks
Susan Cain, Bittersweet
David Edmonds, Parfit
Prince Harry, Spare. (Great book, but not written by Prince Harry. It’s by J. R. Moehringer, see here for my discussion of Moehringer’s (quite justified) anger of not getting proper credit for his ghostwriting.)
Eric Hoel, The World Behind the World.
Walter Isaacson, Elon Musk
A.J. Jacobs, The Puzzler
Louise Perry, The Case Against the Sexual Revolution
Russ Roberts, Wild Problems
Andrew Shtulman, Learning to Imagine
Edward Slingerland, Drunk
That’s it. I’m sure there are a few favorites I forgot, and I hope they weren’t written by friends.
Best of the best? Tough decisions, but here they are:
Best fiction: Kat Rosenfield, No One Will Miss Her
Best biography: David Edmonds, Parfit
Best science: Edward Slingerland, Drunk
Best general non-fiction: Oliver Burkeman, Four Thousand Weeks
Again, please add your suggestions in the comments! (I’m looking for new books to read over the holidays.)