Friday, March 8, 2024

2023 Reading Stats

 As I sheepishly got around to writing this post I was glad to see that it also took me until March last year to get around to doing it.  Same reasons apply, I’ve been working out more and working on classes to renew my teaching certificate and I have a very short window of time to do these activities without children soooo, March here we are. :)

How many books read in 2023? – 85.  Same as 2022, and finished right at the end, again.

How many fiction and non-fiction? 77 fiction and 8 non-fiction (3 more than last 2022)

Male/Female author ratio? 70 books had women authors and 15 were men. I had quite a few authors that I read multiple books by them.

Which author was new to you in 2023 that you now want to read the entire works of?   Etaf Rum.   

Favorite book read in 2023?  Lessons In Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus, The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama, We Hope for Better Things by Erin Bartels, How the Word is Passed by Clint Smith, A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum, The Beauty of Your Face by Sahar Mustafah, Tom Lake by Ann Patchett, Grady Lake by JL Hyde, and The Wind Knows my Name by Isabel Allende.


Least favorite? Christine Falls, Crying in H Mart, and The Lake


Any that you simply couldn’t finish? Booth, Carrie Soto is Back, The Lost Girls of Willowbrook, Mirror Girls, The House of Eve, and Stealing. I do probably want to finish a couple of them but I just wasn’t feeling them, when I was trying to read them. 

How many pages did you read? 28,385, which is more than last year

How many books from the library? 69, I did actually read more of my own books, like I had planned, but not nearly enough! 

How many books read did I purchase? 7, from this list I think

How many were gifts? 4

How many borrowed from others? 2

How many were given to me for reviews?  2

How many books read on kindle? None

Audiobook? none


Any re-reads? No

Which countries did you go to through the page in your year of reading? Australia, United States, Israel, England, France, Cuba, Senegal, Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Gaza, Palestine, Kuwait, West Bank, Lebanon, Scotland, Mexico, Austria, El Salvador, Bangkok, Vietnam, and Jordan.

What states did you go through the page in your year of reading? California, Michigan, New York, Wisconsin, Arizona, Texas, Massachusetts, Michigan, South Carolina, Virginia, Maine, New Jersey, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, New Hampshire, Louisiana, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Connecticut, and West Virginia.

Which book wouldn’t you have read without someone’s specific recommendation?  When We Believed in Mermaids, and The Surgeon


Which author did you read the most of? Marie Benedict 5

What was your best reading month? December when I read 11

What was your worst reading month? September when I read 6

Revisiting 2023 Goals

  1. Read 85 books. - Check!

  2. Read and/or clear 28 books from my living room bookshelf. - I have recorded the removal of 24, but I know I got rid of at least 28 if I include books from other bookshelves beyond the living room bookshelf that I was focusing on.

  3. Read more non-fiction.  - Check! I read three more than the year before, and expanded beyond my usual of memoirs!

Goals for 2024

  1. Read 85 books.

  2. Get rid of at least 18 books.

  3. Continue reading more non-fiction.


 How many books did you read in 2023? Did you complete your 2023 reading goals? What are your goals for 2024?? What book do I NEED to read in 2024?

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