Patty’s 2023 Reading List

Patricia Halfen Wexler
2 min readDec 22, 2023

Important reminder: As usual, just because I read it doesn’t mean I recommend it. And the list is too eclectic to properly rank and compare. Ping me if you want curated suggestions or have any questions.

Legend: bolded with ASTERISK (*) = my favorites for the year; asterisk (*) = honorary mention; [bracketed] = AVOID

  1. Surrender (Bono)
  2. Solito (Javier Zamora)
  3. Greenlights (Matthew McConaughey)
  4. The New Map (Daniel Yergin)
  5. A Map for the Missing (Belinda Huijuan Tang)
  6. Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow (Gabrielle Zevin)
  7. Lessons in Chemistry (Bonnie Garmus)
  8. The Lonely Crowd (David Riesman)
  9. Quality Investing (Lawrence Cunningham)
  10. Overstory (Richard Powers)*
  11. Mindwise (Nicholas Epley)
  12. STFU (Dan Lyons)*
  13. The Grid (Gretchen Bakke)
  14. The Strangler Vine (MJ Carter)
  15. The Light Between Us (Andrew Fukuda)
  16. Stealing Fire (Steven Kotler)
  17. Good Left Undone (Adriana Trigiana)
  18. The Personal Librarian (Marie Benedict)
  19. A Place Called Home (David Ambroz)*
  20. Electrify (Saul Griffith)
  21. Life 3.0 (Max Tegmark)
  22. Mindsight (Dr. Daniel Siegel)
  23. Zealot (Reza Aslan)
  24. The Return (Hisham Matar)
  25. Doughnut Economics (Kate Raworth)
  26. ChatGPT Book for Beginners (Arsath Natheem)
  27. A Horse Walks Into a Bar (David Grossman)
  28. When We Were Bright and Beautiful (Jillian Medoff)
  29. Deep Work (Cal Newport)
  30. Demon Copperhead (Barbara Kingsolver)
  31. Connect (David Bradford and Carole Robin)
  32. A Reason to Rise (Rabbi Jeremy Barras)
  33. Trillion Dollar Coach (Eric Schmidt)
  34. The Shell Seekers (Rosamunde Pilcher)
  35. The Gorilla Game (Geoffrey Moore)
  36. Five Times Faster (Simon Sharpe)*
  37. Following Atticus (Tom Ryan)
  38. Trust (Hernan Diaz)
  39. [Inconvenient Facts (Gregory Wrightstone)]
  40. The Climate Casino (William Nordhaus)
  41. Scale (Geoffrey West)
  42. Black Cake (Charmaine Wilkerson)
  43. The Self-Driven Child (Stixrud/Johnson)
  44. The Future of Capitalism (Paul Collier)
  45. The Molecule of More (Lieberman/Long)
  46. The Most Precious of Cargoes (Jean-Claude Grumberg)
  47. Western Lane (Chetna Maroo)
  48. Stella Maris (Cormac McCarthy)
  49. The Culture Map (Erin Meyer)
  50. The Crisis of Democratic Capitalism (Martin Wolf)
  51. [Contested Land, Contested Memory (Jo Roberts)]
  52. The Genius of Israel (Dan Senor/Saul Singer)*

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Patricia Halfen Wexler

Founder & General Partner @ Avila.VC. Mother of 3 (+dog). Miami-based and proud Hispanic American