Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Meant to Read in 2023 but Didn’t Get To

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by That Arty Reader Girl. Each week, we are given a bookish topic to discuss. This week’s theme is Books I Meant to Read in 2023 but Didn’t Get To. For the most part, I read the books I intended to during 2023, however, I few of them slipped through the cracks and are still on my TBR. Many of these books are on my 24 books to read in 2024 list, so I should have no problem reading them this year.

Books I Meant to Read in 2023 but Didn’t Get To

Angel of Storms by Trudi Canavan

Tyen is teaching mechanical magic at a school respected throughout the worlds. News arrives that the formidable ruler of all worlds, long believed to be dead, is back and enforcing his old laws — including the one forbidding schools of magic. As teachers and students flee, Tyen is left with no home and no purpose. . .except the promise he made to Vella, the sorcerer imprisoned in a book. Tyen must decide what he is willing to do to free her.

After five years among the tapestry weavers of Schpeta, Rielle’s peaceful new life has been shattered by a local war. As defeat looms, the powerful Angel of Storms appears and invites Rielle to join the artisans of his celestial realm. But what will he require in return for this extraordinary offer?

The Rise & Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusette

I started this book in 2023 but didn’t get the chance to finish it.

The dinosaurs. Sixty-six million years ago, the Earth’s most fearsome creatures vanished. Today they remain one of our planet’s great mysteries. Now The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs reveals their extraordinary, 200-million-year-long story as never before.

In this captivating narrative (enlivened with more than seventy original illustrations and photographs), Steve Brusatte, a young American paleontologist who has emerged as one of the foremost stars of the field–naming fifteen new species and leading groundbreaking scientific studies and fieldwork–masterfully tells the complete, surprising, and new history of the dinosaurs, drawing on cutting-edge science to dramatically bring to life their lost world and illuminate their enigmatic origins, spectacular flourishing, astonishing diversity, cataclysmic extinction, and startling living legacy. Captivating and revelatory, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs is a book for the ages.

Brusatte traces the evolution of dinosaurs from their inauspicious start as small shadow dwellers–themselves the beneficiaries of a mass extinction caused by volcanic eruptions at the beginning of the Triassic period–into the dominant array of species every wide-eyed child memorizes today, T. rex, Triceratops, Brontosaurus, and more. This gifted scientist and writer re-creates the dinosaurs’ peak during the Jurassic and Cretaceous, when thousands of species thrived, and winged and feathered dinosaurs, the prehistoric ancestors of modern birds, emerged. The story continues to the end of the Cretaceous period, when a giant asteroid or comet struck the planet and nearly every dinosaur species (but not all) died out, in the most extraordinary extinction event in earth’s history, one full of lessons for today as we confront a “sixth extinction.”

Brusatte also recalls compelling stories from his globe-trotting expeditions during one of the most exciting eras in dinosaur research–which he calls “a new golden age of discovery”–and offers thrilling accounts of some of the remarkable findings he and his colleagues have made, including primitive human-sized tyrannosaurs; monstrous carnivores even larger than T. rex; and paradigm-shifting feathered raptors from China.

An electrifying scientific history that unearths the dinosaurs’ epic saga, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs will be a definitive and treasured account for decades to come.

Ultra-Processed People by Chris Van Tulleken

I started this book in 2023 but didn’t get the chance to finish it.

It’s not you, it’s the food.

We have entered a new age of eating. For the first time in human history, most of our calories come from an entirely novel set of substances called Ultra-Processed Food. There’s a long, formal scientific definition, but it can be boiled down to this: if it’s wrapped in plastic and has at least one ingredient that you wouldn’t find in your kitchen, it’s UPF.

These products are specifically engineered to behave as addictive substances, driving excess consumption. They are now linked to the leading cause of early death globally and the number one cause of environmental destruction. Yet almost all our staple foods are ultra-processed. UPF is our food culture and for many people it is the only available and affordable food.

In this book, Chris van Tulleken, father, scientist, doctor, and award-winning BBC broadcaster, marshals the latest evidence to show how governments, scientists, and doctors have allowed transnational food companies to create a pandemic of diet-related disease. The solutions don’t lie in willpower, personal responsibility, or exercise. You’ll find no diet plan in this book―but join Chris as he undertakes a powerful self-experiment that made headlines around the world: under the supervision of colleagues at University College London he spent a month eating a diet of 80 percent UPF, typical for many children and adults in the United States. While his body became the subject of scientific scrutiny, he spoke to the world’s leading experts from academia, agriculture, and―most important―the food industry itself. But more than teaching him about the experience of the food, the diet switched off Chris’s own addiction to UPF.

In a fast-paced and eye-opening narrative he explores the origins, science, and economics of UPF to reveal its catastrophic impact on our bodies and the planet. And he proposes real solutions for doctors, for policy makers, and for all of us who have to eat. A book that won’t only upend the way you shop and eat, Ultra-Processed People will open your eyes to the need for action on a global scale.

Mermaid Saga Vol. 2 by Rumiko Takahashi

They say that if one consumes mermaid flesh, one can attain immortality. Unfortunately, the more likely result includes becoming horribly deformed or turning into a vicious monster! Even if one were to gain eternal life, however, is such an anomaly a lucky blessing or a terrible curse?

Immortals Yuta and Mana continue to come across people who are dealing with the consequences of having eaten mermaid flesh. Some are scarred, in excruciating pain or just trying to survive, but they all lead mysterious lives filled with unspeakable horror. Is one’s humanity doomed to be lost in exchange for immortality?

The Lost World by Michael Crichton

It is now six years since the secret disaster at Jurassic Park, six years since the extraordinary dream of science and imagination came to a crashing end—the dinosaurs destroyed, the park dismantled, and the island indefinitely closed to the public.
There are rumors that something has survived. . . .

Tales From Watership Down by Richard Adams

Tales From Watership Down returns to the unforgettable characters of Fiver, Hazel, Bigwig, Dandelion, and the legendary hero El-ahrairah, and also presents new heroes as they struggle to survive the cruelties of nature and the shortsighted selfishness of humankind, embark on new adventures, and recount traditional stories of rabbit mythology, charming us once again with imagination, heart, and wonder. A spellbinding book of courage and survival, these tales are an exciting invitation to come home to a beloved world.

Leading The Rebellion by Jason Kingsley

I started this book in 2023 but didn’t get the chance to finish it.

A fascinating look into the business and lifestyle philosophy of Jason Kingsley OBE, CEO of Rebellion. Rebellion is one of the world’s most successful independent games developers and also a film and TV production company and publisher. Combining his love of Medieval History and success in business, this unique book will give insight into a modern interpretation of the Knightly Code of Chivalry, the moral system which combined a warrior ethos, knightly piety, and courtly manners, all combining to establish a notion of honour and nobility, in a motivational and aspirational take on how to live life to the fullest.

Each chapter will focus on one main chivalric theme, and how it has influenced his philosophy, helped equip him with personal tools to succeed, and how it has maximised his work-life balance. The book will also provide insight into his love for the medieval period and how this complements his professional life.

I hope you enjoyed my Books I Meant to Read in 2023 but Didn’t Get To. What books did you not read in 2023?


    1. Author

      Oops, I didn’t mean to say I DNFd it, only that I hadn’t found the time to finish it before the year ended.

  1. The Rise and Fall of Dinosaurs looks so interesting! I also need to read Watership Down this year. I hope you love all of these!

    1. Author

      It’s quite interesting for sure. Definitely make time for Watership Down, it’s a great book. Thank you.

  2. Sad as it is when we don’t get to some of the books we really wanted too, it does look like your list was full of varying types of fiction and non-fiction titles! I hope when you read them you find some interesting stories and some great 2024 reads, too! 🙂 Thanks so much for visiting my website today.

    1. Author

      Thank you. I do try to read a large variety of genres to keep myself interested in reading – it’s a great way to avoid a reading slump.

    1. Author

      I’ve only read one of her books so far but it was fantastic, I would highly recommend checking out her books.

  3. I wanted to reread JURASSIC PARK last year but didn’t get to it. Hopefully, I’ll do it this year so I can THE LOST WORLD. I hope you enjoy all of these when you get to them. Thanks for stopping by my blog

    1. Author

      I may end up rereading Jurassic Park before diving into The Lost World just so it’s all fresh in my mind. Hope you are able to get that reread done this year. Thank you.

    1. Author

      Thank you. It’s certainly different than some of Takahashi’s other stories but I enjoyed the first part of it, so looking forward to finishing the series.

  4. Ahh, great list! I’m curious about Ultra-Processed People, though not sure if I’m going to pick it up. Hope you enjoy all these once you get to them!

    1. Author

      Thank you. I read Ultra-Processed People this month and it’s a book I would recommend you check it out. Honestly, everyone should read it.

    1. Author

      He’s an author I definitely want to read more of, as I’ve only read two of his books so far. Thank you.

    1. Author

      I read it this month and it’s absolutely an eye-opening book. I highly recommend reading it. Thank you.

  5. I haven’t read any of these. Hope you enjoy them!

  6. The Rise and Fall of Dinosaurs sounds like a good read! I’ll have to add that to the collection. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Great list! The one about the dinosaurs looks super interesting. I feel like I saw that one recently and added it to my TBR. I hope you get to all of these in 2024!

  8. So many interesting books I got to know from this post. Will give some of these a read!

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