YEAR IN REVIEW: A Breakdown of My 2023 Reads

YEAR IN REVIEW: A Breakdown of My 2023 Reads

I’ve been looking forward to writing this post!

It’s like a “Spotify Wrapped”, but for the books I read. I’m a bit of a nerd and love diving into all of the numbers. How many books did I read? What genres did I choose? What were my favorites?

According to my book journal, I read 79 books in 2023!! That’s an all-time record for me.

While, I don’t try to read a certain number per year or per month, I was previously ending up in the same general range from year to year. (If you’re curious: In 2020, I read 65 books; In 2021, I read 72 books; In 2022, I read 68 books.

2023 Reading by the Numbers

-Out of the 79 books, 53% were fiction and 47% were non-fiction. (I’m shocked by this! I consider myself a fiction reader, so I’m surprised to see how close the split was this year.)

-About 73% of the books I read were written by women.

-My top three genres for the year were fantasy at 25%, self-help/self-improvement/psychology at 19%, and thriller/suspense/mystery at 13%.

My Top Picks from 2023

Non-fiction: (not in any order)

  1. Good for a Girl by Lauren Fleshman
  2. Paris: The Memoir by Paris Hilton
  3. The Longest Race: Inside the Secret World of Abuse, Doping, and Deception on Nike’s Elite Running Team by Kara Goucher with Mary Pilon
  4. Range by David Epstein
  5. The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz

Honorable mention: Mastering Plot Twists by Jane K. Cleland

Fiction: (not in any order)

  1. Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros
  2. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  3. Bow Before the Elf Queen by J.M. Kearl
  4. Divine Rivals by Rebecca Ross
  5. All the Dangerous Things by Stacy Willingham

Honorable mention: To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Final Thoughts

This was the year I embraced fantasy books!

Previously, I read almost exclusively thriller/suspense type books, so I’m shocked to see that genre fell to third on my list this year. I think reading A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (review here) is what really jumpstarted my interest in fantasy.

I’ll be honest, I don’t really see myself backing away from fantasy any time soon. (In fact, I’m on my second fantasy book of 2024 already.) That said, I do want to challenge myself to read more books that aren’t ALL over the internet. As I said in my 2022 reading recap, I want to make more of an effort to read books that aren’t being talked about as much and make intentional choices to seek out diverse voices and experiences.

All of My 2023 Book Reviews

What was your favorite book that you read in 2023? Leave a comment below with your recommendations!

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