Books I read in 2023

I read 11 books this year, slightly cheating since I read the last 20 pages of Poor Charlie’s Almanack on the morning of January 1. In total 4488 pages.

I would recommend all of the books in bold. That turned out to be almost all of them. Below the list I’ll group the books and talk a bit about each book.

History of technology



Other non fiction

Reading Vaclav Smil's new book How the World Really Works. Great book. Very effective at conveying how thoroughly dependent we are on fossil fuels.

— Vegard Stikbakke (@vegardstikbakke) February 4, 2023

“If the facts don’t hang together on a latticework of theory, you don’t have them in a usable form. You’ve got to have mental models in your head.”


Two books by prominent American novelists. I really enjoyed both of those, although I’m not sure I will reread any of them.

I’d been wanting to read something by Philip Roth, who is one of the great American writers of the 20th century. This turned out to be the first book in a trilogy. I’m definitely going to read the next one.

Just posted my annual roundup of the books I read last year.

Some tech history, some biographies, some fiction, and a programming book.

Don't read Skunk Works.

Do read Vaclav Smil, you'll be more informed on climate change.

— Vegard Stikbakke (@vegardstikbakke) January 6, 2024