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This post may be too detailed for all of you, but I enjoy taking a deep dive into my reading trends. I also like sharing favorite books from various genres that might not make it into my “Top Ten Books of the Year” post. This is always long so bear with me as I review my 2023 reading by the numbers. Links will either go to my review, my GoodReads shelves, or Bookshop.org.
GoodReads challenge goal: 100 books
- 35 audiobooks
- 41 e-books
- 31 physical books
Target Age Groups
I usually read a little more evenly across age groups. I don’t know what happened this year.
- Adult: 84 books
- Young adult: 9 books
- Middle grade: 13 books
- Children: 1 book
Shortest and Longest
- Shortest: Mortimer’s Christmas Manger, coming in at 40 pages.
- Longest: European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss, read by Kate Reading. I actually listened to all 25 hours of this book but GoodReads shows that it’s 720 pages in print.
I read 34,286 pages. I’m not sure if that includes audiobooks so I don’t know how useful that stat is.
The average length of my books was 323 pages.
- Books by women: 112 books
- Books by men: 35 books
- Books by genderqueer authors: 2
This used to be more evenly balanced; I don’t know why I’ve been shifting so heavily toward women authors lately.
3.8. My internal rating skews toward 4 stars for books that I like so that seems about right.
Did Not Finish
0. There are two that I should have DNF’d but I hung in there.
The breakdown by rough genres. I did not choose any re-reads as favorites. The totals from these categories will likely equal more than 107, since I shelve books across multiple categories. If I didn’t review a book, I linked to a synopsis.
Favorite: The Best Strangers in the World: Stories from a Life Spent Listening by Ari Shapiro (Top Ten Book)
Runner-Up: A Lot Like Christmas by Connie Willis
Favorite: How to be a Good Creature by Sy Montgomery (Top Ten Book that I read twice back to back!)
Runner-Up: The Best Strangers in the World: Stories from a Life Spent Listening by Ari Shapiro (Top Ten Book)
Favorite: Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation, written and read by Cokie Roberts (Top Ten Book)
Runner-Up: It Ended Badly: Thirteen of the Worst Breakups in History by Jennifer Wright
Favorite: How to be a Good Creature by Sy Montgomery (Top Ten Book)
Runner-Up: Caesar’s Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us by Sam Kean
GoodReads Year in Books
See all of the books I read in 2023 by clicking the button below. You can view my 2023 reading stats on GoodReads as well.