What I’ve Read | 2023

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Last year, I read over 33 books, just surpassing my goal of 30. I’m going to try for 35 this year, and I’ve got like three or four pretty heavy books to get through in the next three weeks, so we’ll see how it all goes.

If you’d like to see past reading lists, here’s 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015.

Below is a running list of what I’ve read this year.

January

  1. Dark Knights of Steel, Vol. 1 (Graphic Novel/One-Third)
  2. Justice League Dark: The Great Wickedness (Graphic Novel/One-Third)
  3. Robins: Begin Robin (Graphic Novel/One-Third)
  4. Robin, Vol. 1: The Lazarus Experiment (Graphic Novel/One-Third)
  5. Punchline: The Trial of Alexis Kaye (Graphic Novel/One-Third)
  6. Prayers in the Night: For Those Who Work or Watch or Weep by Tish Harrison Warren (Audiobook/Two-Thirds)
  7. Batman: Secret Files (Graphic Novel/One-Third)

Running Total = 3

February

  1. Justice League vs. the Legion of Super-Heroes (Graphic Novel/One-Third)
  2. Batman – Detective Comics, Vol. 3: Arkham Rising (Graphic Novel/One-Third)

Running Total = 3.67

March

  1. Batman: Killing Time (Graphic Novel/One-Third)
  2. The Jefferson Bible, Smithsonian Edition: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth by Thomas Jefferson (Two-Thirds)*
  3. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (One-Third; Very short, but highly recommended!)
  4. Batman – Detective Comics, Vol. 2: Fear State (Graphic Novel/One-Third)
  5. Robin, Vol. 2: I am Robin (Graphic Novel/One-Third)

Running Total = 5.67

April

  1. Batman – Detective Comics, Vol. 1: The Neighborhood (Graphic Novel/One-Third)
  2. Superman, Son of Kal-El: Vol. 2, The Rising (Graphic Novel/One-Third)
  3. Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow (Graphic Novel/One-Third)
  4. Ragged: Spiritual Disciplines for the Spiritually Exhausted by Gretchen Ronnevik
  5. No More Work: Why Full Employment Is a Bad Idea by James Livingston
  6. Your Brain’s Not Broken: Strategies for Navigating Your Emotions and Life with ADHD by Tamara Rosier, PhD. (Audiobook/Two-Thirds)
  7. Freedom’s Champion: Elijah Lovejoy by Paul Simon
  8. Batgirls, Vol. 1: One Way Or Another (Graphic Novel/One-Third)
  9. Superman Beyond: Man of Tomorrow (Graphic Novel/One-Third)

Running Total = 11

May

  1. The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon (YA/Highly Recommended)
  2. The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels by Jon Meacham (Audiobook/Two-Thirds)

Running Total = 12.67

June

  1. Nightwing: Vol. 2, Get Grayson (Graphic Novel/One-Third)
  2. Following Jesus: Biblical Reflections on Discipleship by N.T. Wright
  3. The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt (Audiobook/Two-Thirds) Strong Recommendation
  4. Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham (Graphic Novel/One-Third)

Running Total = 15

July

  1. Superman: Space Age (Graphic Novel/One-Third)
  2. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: A Beginners Guide to CBT with Simple Techniques for Retraining the Brain to Defeat Anxiety, Depression, and Low-Self Esteem by Travis Wells and Seth Goleman
  3. Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: Vol. 1-9 (Each is very short.) (Graphic Novel/One-Third)

Running Total = 16.67

August

  1. Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad by Eric Foner (Audiobook/Two-Thirds)
  2. How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds by Alan Jacobs
  3. A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson (Audiobook/Two-Thirds)
  4. Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths (Graphic Novel/One-Third)
  5. Black Adam: The Dark Age (Graphic Novel/One-Third)

Running Total = 19.67

September

  1. Batman: One Bad Day – Bane (Graphic Novel/One-Third)
  2. Nightwing, Vol. 3: The Battle for Blüdhaven’s Heart (Graphic Novel/One-Third)
  3. Imperfect Union: How Jessie and John Frémont Mapped the West, Invented Celebrity, and Helped Cause the Civil War by Steve Inskeep (Audiobook/Two-Thirds)
  4. Batman: One Bad Day – Clayface (Graphic Novel/One-Third)
  5. The Flash, Vol. 17: Eclipsed (Graphic Novel/One-Third)
  6. Super Simple CBT: Six Skills to Improve Your Mood in Minutes by Matthew McKay, PhD., Martha Davis, PhD., Patrick Fanning
  7. Batman: One Bad Day – Ra’s al Ghul (Graphic Novel/One-Third)

Running Total = 23

October

  1. Batman, Vol. 1: Failsafe (Graphic Novel/One-Third)
  2. Gotham City: Year One (Graphic Novel/One-Third)
  3. Strange Adventures (Graphic Novel/One-Third)
  4. The Lord and His Prayer by NT Wright
  5. The Bell Witch: An American Haunting by Brent Monahan

Running Total = 26

November

  1. The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America by Frances Fitzgerald (Audiobook/Two-Thirds)
  2. The Bible Told Them So: How Southern Evangelicals Fought to Preserve White Supremacy by J. Russell Hawkins
  3. The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States by Walter Johnson (Audiobook/Two-Thirds)

Running Total = 28.33

December

  1. Batman – Detective Comics, Vol. 4: Riddle Me This (Graphic Novel/One-Third)
  2. The Flash, Vol. 16: Wally West Returns (Graphic Novel/One-Third)
  3. Superman, Son of Kal-El, Vol. 13: Battle for Gamorra (Graphic Novel/One-Third)
  4. Batman: The Long Halloween (Graphic Novel/One-Third)
  5. Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes (Read by David Case) (Audiobook/Two-Thirds)
  6. JLA/JSA: Virture and Vice (Graphic Novel/One-Third)
  7. Mister Miracle (Graphic Novel/One-Third) Third Reading
  8. The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis by Alan Jacobs (Audiobook/Two-Thirds)
  9. Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon (Re-Read)
  10. The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence (Re-Read)

Cumulative Total = 33.67

*This was a really interesting book: a full scan of Jefferson’s original cut-and-paste copy of the Bible, which he put composed with French, Latin, Greek, and English translations of the Gospels. That made the book a bit shorter than it would have been otherwise. You can view Jefferson’s “Bible” for yourself on the Smithsonian’s website.

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