My Year in Reading – 2013

We’re back from a bit of a holiday-season hiatus with Madeleine, who’s taking a look at what exactly she read in 2013.

Madeleine’s Top Five Favorite Books of 2013

In alphabetical order by author’s last name, because having to rank them further would be torture!

The Best Reread 

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (which won by a narrow margin after a rather fierce battle with Jane Eyre and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn).

Breaking Down the Numbers

  • I read 70 books in 2013, just shy of my goal of 75 books. This number was a lot lower than last year, when I read a personal record of 107 books.
graph of number of books read, ranging from 26 is 2008, peaking at 107 in 2012, and ending at 70 in 2013
  • I read a lot more fiction than non-fiction (83% fiction). Most books were new to me, but I did reread 7 books.
  • My 56 distinct authors came from 12 countries around the world. 26 were from the US, 19 were from the UK, 2 were from Australia, and 1 came from each of the countries marked on the map below.
    Map showing all the country of origin of all authors read in 2013. 12 countries, with most authors from USA or UK
  • As you can see, my reading was highly Eurocentric (something to work on!), with only 2 authors from the Middle East, 1 from South America and none from Africa or Asia.
  • The oldest book(s) I read were originally published in 1847 (Agnes Grey and Jane Eyre) and the newest hasn’t been published yet (The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches).
  • Most of my books come from the library! This year, 71% of books I read were library books.
    pie graph of book origin (A.R.C, owned, borrowed, or library copy)
  • My biggest genres were fantasy, mystery/thriller, and (unexpectedly) historical fiction this year.
chart of number of books read from different genres.
My reading goal for 2014 is a more modest 50 books (slightly less than one a week). What about you? What were your favorite books of 2013? What are you looking forward to in 2014?
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