Happy New Year 2024, everyone! Wishing you the best life has to offer in the new year.
January is the month of setting up goals. Of making and breaking resolutions. As much as I enjoy planning my tentative TBR for the new year (tentative being the keyword), I also enjoy reflecting on my reading in the year gone by. One of my favorites at the end of the year is to update my reading spreadsheet by Kal @ Reader Voracious. I got the automated version for 2024 and it has made tracking books so much easier.
I am a visual person and I love to see a graphical representation of how my reading has evolved. It is interesting to check out the genres I gravitated towards, where I sourced the books from, if I made a dent in my owned TBR…. and quite a few more statistics. I also take stock of how I fared in the reading challenges I signed up for.
As much as I enjoy sharing my reading statistics, I also enjoy reading all the wrap-up posts from the book community. The graphs, the stats, and the recommendations. It is the perfect way to explore new books and challenges. Read on as I share some of my 2023 reading statistics, challenge updates, and favorite picks.
I read 53 books in 2023 with a record number of DNFs. As expected, I read more during the slow season at work. I was able to catch up in December all thanks to Thanksgiving coming in a week early. Overall, it has been a good reading year.
One of my favorites is the genres graph. I read more contemporary fiction this year since it was all about tackling my owned TBR. When it comes to purchasing books, I tend to veer towards contemporary fiction. I didn’t venture out of my comfort zone much. I did pick a few fantasy fiction but could not finish them. Classics too are missing here. I hope to get back to them soon.
As always, the formats graph is not surprising at all. I read 27 audiobooks in 2023. Some ebooks with text-to-speech for non-fiction. I read a couple of hardcovers too (primarily review copies) although I still prefer the digital formats.
The books by release graph is more balanced than in previous years. All thanks to the Project Backlist challenge, I have made a considerable dent in my backlist TBR. Something I do plan to continue in 2024 as well.
This graph has been a major improvement since I began book blogging. Over the last few years, I have made a conscious decision to support authors by purchasing their books whenever possible, instead of review copies. There were quite a few audiobooks that I had purchased that I never got around to reading. Those along with borrowed books (Kindle Unlimited and Storytel subscriptions) do make a sizable chunk.
I have the backlist challenge to thank for the improvement here as well. I did read a considerable amount of books from my owned TBR. But then, I added a few too. I do not believe in book buying ban. Can’t do. Won’t do.
Favorite Picks of 2023
With limited reading time, I had been quite picky with my selections. No surprise that it was an excellent reading year with more than twenty 5-star reads. Limiting them to just a few below that were my absolute favorites. Trust me, that sure was a difficult exercise.
After failing spectacularly in the reading challenges I signed up for in 2020, I only participated in the Goodreads and Blogchatter challenges in the next two years. In 2023, I signed up for a few more without putting too much pressure on myself. Proud to announce I was able to complete all the challenges but one.
As always, I set a safe target of 24 at Goodreads and Blogchatter which I did plan to update later. I revised it to 50 mid-year. Glad to share that was able to reach it too. I do need to update my reads there, something I always fall behind on.
Kal @ Reader Voracious’ Project Backlist Reading Challenge was the perfect pick to tackle the owned TBR and pending ARCs. I signed up for Committed Reader (read an owned book a month) and ARCrastinator (clearing overdue ARC list) and completed it in flying colors.
I got a bingo in Shinjini @ Modern Gypsy’s 2023 Book Bingo challenge in September and continued it through the end of the year to see how many more prompts I could cross out.
Although I aced Book’d Out’s 2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge as Nonfiction Nibbler (6 books, 6 categories), I failed the Nonfiction Nosher (12 books, one for each category). I felt particularly brave there to extend it as I had already completed it mid-year.
I do plan to participate in all these challenges again in 2024 adding some more to the mix. Reading with Muffy challenge hosted by Shalini @ Kohleyedme, 12 Challenge that some of us friends at the Bookish League are participating in, and Audiobook Challenge hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer and That’s What I Am Talking About. Wish me luck!
How was your reading year in 2023. What have been your favorite books last year? What are the ones you are looking forward to reading in 2024? Do share about them in the comments below.2023 Reading Wrap-Up: Statistics, Favorite Picks, and Challenge Updates #BookishLeague Click To Tweet
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