I feel like I say this every year, but can you believe how fast this year went? I had a lot of ups and downs this year, and that shows in just how many books I consumed. I managed to read 304 books this year. This is the most I've ever read in one year, and if I'm being honest, I hope the only time I read that much because I'll be the first to admit it was way too much 😅
Like last year, I'm going to be sharing a few of my stats from my Book Riot Reading Tracker (here's a link to their 2023 tracker if anyone is interested!), as I like how it breaks things down more in depth than GoodReads:
Genre: I love seeing all my genres broken down. I read more non-fiction this year which I was happy about, and I'm hoping to keep that going in the new year.
Book Source: I really made it a point last year to utilize my library more, and started keeping a log of the amount of money I saved from borrowing rather than buying books, and it's been such a game changer for me. This year I checked out 160 books from my library and saved $2,955.
Now onto my favorites of the year:
1. A Swift and Savage Tide- Chloe Neill: I fell in love with the Captain Kit Brightling series at the beginning of the year. It's a piratical fantasy take on the Napoleonic war, and everything from the characters to the magic to the romance is just so good. I'm really hoping there'll be a third book soon.
2. Love and Other Words- Christina Lauren: CLo are one of my favorite contemporary authors so I can't believe it took me so long to pick this book up. I devoured it in about one sitting, and it's easily my favorite book by them.
3. A River Enchanted- Rebecca Ross: I haven't stopped thinking about this book since I read it back in March. If I'm being honest, this is probably my overall favorite book of the year. I also read the sequel recently and loved it as well, so it's made it's way onto my favorite fantasy series of all time list.
4. Every Summer After- Carly Fortune: Listen- was this pretty much Love and Other Words 2.0? Yes. Did I mind? Absolutely not.
5. Dark Matter- Blake Crouch: You might be thinking, "Heather, a sci-fi book made it to your yearly favorites?" And to that I'd say, I couldn't believe it either. It's no secret I don't typically enjoy sci-fi, but this messed me up in the best possible way.
6. Nettle and Bone- T. Kingfisher: This was the year of Kingfisher for me. I got very much into her writing and picked up quite a few of her books, but this one was my favorite. It had such a Neil Gaiman-esque feel to it, and I loved the dark fairy tale vibes.
7. When in Rome- Sarah Adams: If you like light, fluffy, guaranteed-to-put-a-smile-on-your-face contemporaries, then you have to check out Sarah Adams. I've loved all of her books, but this one about a overworked pop star and a grumpy small-town pie shop owner quickly stole the top spot.
8. Killers of a Certain Age- Deanna Raybourn: A group of lady assassin's in their sixties find themselves the target of the same organization they've spent the last forty years working for and are forced to kill or be killed? And it's written by Deanna Raybourn? You know I ate it up.
9. The Duke Gets Even- Joanna Shupe: I only got into Shupe this year, but I've been loving her work. This is the latest installment of her Fifth Avenue Rebels series and it actually doesn't come out until January, but I got an ARC early this year and just couldn't wait. I read it all in one sitting and it's definitely my favorite in the series.
10. A Very Merry Bromance- Lyssa Kay Adams: I'm not usually obsessed with holiday romances, unless they're written by Lyssa Kay Adams as part of the Bromance Book Club series apparently. I thought this was so fun and I really liked the main couple.
11. A Wicked Game- Kate Bateman: Another historical romance author I've really gotten into lately is Kate Bateman. Her Ruthless Rivals series is perfection in my eyes. It follows a feuding family and each book follows a different member of those families as they inevitable fall in love. It's so fun. Bateman's banter and characters are unmatched. This is the latest installment and I'm still swooning over Morgan.
12. Lovelight Farms- B.K. Borison: This completely charmed me. I thought it was such a cute friends-to-lovers/fake dating situation, and it was just festive enough without being too Hallmark movie cheesy.
Onto my goals for 2023:
-Get back into comics/graphic novels: I used to be so good at keeping up with comics. I'd pick up all the new issues every week, but eventually I'd miss an issue here and there and then before I knew it, I'd be so behind. So I want to go back and re-read some of the ones I loved and then start on some newer runs. If you have any recommendations, please let me know!
-Match my library savings: As I mentioned, I keep a log of how much money I save by using the library, and my mom gave me the great idea of taking however much I saved throughout the month and moving that amount over to my savings account. I started doing this a few months ago, and I've put a decent amount in already.
-DNF more: I never use to DNF books, but I'm slowly becoming more okay with it. Why waste my time reading books I'm not enjoying when there are so many I want to read? I'm really going to try and stick with the 50-page rule: if I'm not hooked within the first 50 pages, then I'm going to put it down.
I do have a carry-over from last year and that's starting a BookTube channel. I've actually already filmed and edited a BookTube Newbie Tag video, so now it's just getting over my anxieties to post it.
Let me know how your reading year went and if you have any goals for next year!