I log all the entertainment I go through every year, dating back to 2009. There’s something about a list across time that helps me orient where I was, how I was thinking, the things I liked at the time (do they still hold up?), and, naturally, to reflect on all the miscellaneous time spent.

I add a double-plus (++) to some of these items to notate my high enjoyment of a thing, so I’ve got several easily recommendable on hand when someone asks.

Here are ++ from last year — note that not all of these were released in 2023.


  • The Bone Clocks (David Mitchell)
  • A Million Heavens (John Brandon)
  • Hotel Splendide (Ludwig Bemelmans)
  • Timequake (Kurt Vonnegut)


  • White House Plumbers (series, HBO)
  • Scavengers Reign (series, Max)
  • Succession (series, HBO)
  • The Last of Us (series, HBO)
  • Slow Horses (series, AppleTV)
  • Mrs. Davis (miniseries, Peacock)
  • All Quiet on the Western Front (film)
  • The Banshees of Inisherin (film)
  • Triangle of Sadness (film)
  • The Diplomat (series, Netflix)


  • Celeste (various consoles)
  • Super Mario RPG Remake (switch)
  • Metroid Prime Remastered (switch)
  • Baldur’s Gate 3 (various consoles)