In both 2022 and 2021 when I started these monthly book posts, I read 76 books. In 2023, I read 103! I have a feeling I neglected other areas of my life to read that much.

I had set a reading goal of six books per month. Although I missed that goal two times, I exceeded it eight times. Therefore, I am going to increase my goal to seven books per month for 2024.

In a new tradition (started in 2021 and repeated last year), I am now going to share my top ten favorites with you. For the most part, I am arbitrarily omitting books from long series and re-reads from this list. I’ll link each book to its review from earlier in the year, so click on the titles if you’d like to learn more.

And now, in no particular order, my top ten books:

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

I started out the year with high hopes or reading a lot of Austen as part of an online book club. I got through three books before I dropped out. I’m so glad this was one of them. I think Fanny is an underrated heroine and parts of it had me laughing too.

Thorpe by Mary Dutton

This is a slight departure from the rules since I read it before–many times in fact– but the last time was probably 45 years ago. I don’t know why this has not attained classic status. If you love To Kill a Mockingbird, read this.

The Fall of Numenor by JRR Tolkien, edited by Brian Sibley

I loved this ambitious project which belongs on the bookshelf of any Tolkien aficionado.

The Holy Innocents by JT Dwyer

It’s hard to call this a favorite because of its darkness, but it is certainly one of the best books I read this year. The author is incredibly talented and you can tell there is way more going on in his books than you probably even understand on a first reading.

Blink and We’ll Miss It by Ginny Kochis

I am proud to say I know the author of this debut novel and that a sequel to this compelling story is on the way.

The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

This is one of those books that is hard to explain but that I promise you will like if you read it.

Greywaren by Maggie Stiefvater

The author did a good job of wrapping up the storyline and all the loose ends with this final book in a trilogy that was itself a sequel to The Raven Cycle. These are YA fantasy that my daughter entices me to read, for which I am grateful.

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Another thing I did this year was stop participating in the Georgetown book clubs, so this is the last great non-fiction book I read this year. Really fascinating stuff that will change the way you think about thinking!

On a Night of a Thousand Stars by Andrea Yaryura Clark

Mystery, history, romance, and family drama–this book has them all, and beautiful prose as well.

The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams

How fitting that a book about books and reading should be my favorite book of the year. If you love reading, you will love this tale of how two non-readers learn the power of story and of friendship.

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