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My 5-star reads of 2023 – list version

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Here are my 5-star reads of 2023, in list format. If you’d like the pretty, picture-rich version with all the linky goodness, plus my reviews, check it out here

I read a tonne of books every year, and am always asked for recommendations by friends and colleagues. So, I thought, “Why not put them all in one place?”.

Herewith, my lists, split into non-fiction and fiction. 

P.S. I track all of my reading on Goodreads, so, if you love books, why not join me over there? My profile and reading lists are here.


  • Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, John Carreyrou
  • Be a Spider, Build a Web: Sticky Content Marketing for Small Businesses, Rachel Klaver
  • Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole, Susan Cain
  • Do the Work, Steven Pressfield
  • Driving to Treblinka: A long search for a lost father, Diana Wichtel
  • Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace, Jessica Bennett
  • Gentle Power: A Revolution in How We Think, Lead, and Succeed Using the Finnish Art of Sisu, Emilia Elisabet Lahti
  • How to Change: The Science of Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be, Katy Milkman
  • How to Work with (Almost) Anyone: Five Questions for Building the Best Possible Relationships, Michael Bungay Stanier
  • Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness, Ingrid Fetell Lee
  • Kāinga: People, Land, Belonging, Paul Tapsell
  • Normal Sucks: How to Live, Learn, and Thrive, Outside the Lines, Jonathan Mooney
  • Pig Wrestling: Clean Your Thinking to Create the Change you Need, Pete Lindsay
  • Playing Big: Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak Up, Create, and Lead, Tara Mohr
  • Right Kind of Wrong: The Science of Failing Well, Amy C. Edmondson
  • The Complete Maus, Art Spiegelman
  • The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit, Seth Godin
  • The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown
  • The Joy of Finding FISH: A Journey of Fulfilment, Inspiration, Success and Happiness, Christopher Miller
  • The Talking Cure: Normal People, Their Hidden Struggles and the Life-Changing Power of Therapy, Gillian Straker
  • The Thin Book of Trust: An Essential Primer for Building Trust at Work, Charles Feltman
  • The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle, Steven Pressfield
  • Turning Pro, Steven Pressfield
  • Unicorns Over Rainbows: Make lasting, meaningful change in your organization, Nathan John Donaldson
  • Unleash Your Awesome: How to Live and Work from your Zone of Genius, Daria Williamson


  • 22.63, Stephen King
  • Birds in Flight, Anni Taylor
  • Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone (Ernest Cunningham, #1), Benjamin Stevenson
  • Everyone on This Train Is a Suspect, Benjamin Stevenson
  • Everything is Beautiful and Everything Hurts, Josie Shapiro
  • Firekeeper’s Daughter, Angeline Boulley
  • In the Lives of Puppets, T.J. Klune
  • Last One at the Party, Bethany Clift
  • Lessons in Chemistry, Bonnie Garmus
  • The Passage (The Passage, #1), Justin Cronin
  • The Twelve (The Passage, #2), Justin Cronin
  • The City of Mirrors (The Passage, #3), Justin Cronin
  • The Lost Apothecary, Sarah Penner
  • The Maid (Molly the Maid, #1), Nita Prose

Reading stats for 2023

By 31st December 2023, I read 180 books, with 3 unfinished books still on the go. Here’s a breakdown of my reading for the year:

85 books, of which:91 books, of which:
1 star: 01 star: 1
2 stars: 122 stars: 3 
3 stars: 343 stars: 15
4 stars: 254 stars: 47
5 stars: 145 stars: 25

Based on these stats, I’d say I’m better at choosing good non-fiction books than fiction ones!


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