Pietro Rea

Books I read in 2023

December 30, 2023

In 2023, despite still only reading a modest amount, I almost tripled the number of books I read per year. The two things I did differently this year were participating in an alumni book club and using Goodreads to set a reading goal and track my reading.

I quite enjoyed being part of the alumni book club, which introduced me to Latin American authors I’d never read or even heard of before. It also meant that I read more fiction than non-fiction, also a change for me this year. With the exception of Elvis and me, I learned that I’m not much of a memoir person.

  • Blindness by Jose Saramago
  • Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
  • Elvis and me by Priscilla Beaulieu Presley
  • Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Trust by Hernan Diaz
  • El general en su laberinto by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • When breath becomes air by Paul Kalanithi
  • The Manager’s Path by Camille Fourier
  • In the Shadow of Mountain by Silvia Vasquez-Lavado
  • A Journey to the center of the Earth by Jules Verne
  • Glucose Revolution by Jessie Inchauspe
  • Laudato Si’ by Pope Francis

In 2024 I plan to continue to track my reading digitally but I’m on the hunt for a Goodreads replacement. If you know or use another tool, please drop me a note. I’m also hoping to join at least one new book club. The book discussions I participated in this year were a highlight of 2023.

Pietro Rea
Written by Pietro Rea, a software engineer, engineering manager and author from northern Virginia.