by Jen Moyers (@jen.loves.books)
As we approach the end of 2023, I decided it would be interesting once again to look back on the year. This process has been helpful in the past to honor all that we've accomplished and to set goals moving forward! (Plus, I love this kind of year-end stats.)
32 Total Episodes
20 "Regular" Episodes
12 Patreon Episodes
I'm really proud of these episodes. We made the decision in season 6 to scale back to two episodes per month, which has allowed us to balance the podcast with our full-time jobs, travel, and our families.
We hosted year three of our Reading Challenge this year, and we thoroughly enjoyed working through our recommendations for those challenge categories and seeing what everyone else was reading. We invite you to join us for our 2024 Reading Challenge, which is going to be even better!
10 Book Club Episodes
2 Young Adult
7 Authors of Color
Looking back, we're pleased with the variety of books we covered in our Book Club episodes, which sometimes challenged us with a focus on difficult but important social issues and sometimes allowed us to escape for just a while. Several of these (the YA books) also served as Buddy Read picks, but for the ones that didn't, we hosted separate Book Club chats on IG.
12 Buddy Reads
8 Authors of Color
Our Buddy Read chats are a highlight for me every month. I absolutely love discussing great literature with our fabulous Unabridged community. These are all YA books, and they run the gamut from realistic fiction to fantasy, from romance to social issues (and sometimes two or three of those things combined).
3 Behind-the-Scenes Episodes
4 Film Adaptations
3 Television Adaptations (Pilot Episode)
1 Stage Adaptation
3 Text-Based Bonuses
As I highlighted above, we've been releasing an extra episode in Patreon each month (you can find out more here!), and this fall, we also launched our text-based bonuses, which offer reading recommendations, gift guides, and more to our Patreon supporters.
So Much More!
Unabridged Planning Retreat
Here are some other highlights from this year:
We had our first-ever Unabridged Retreat, which allowed us to get some much-needed dedicated planning time and gave us the chance to see each other in person!
We continue to be thankful for the support of our wonderful Unabridged Ambassadors! We're so grateful for being such a valuable part of our Unabridged community. (You can learn more about the Ambassadors program here.)
Our monthly newsletters continued, with a look at the month ahead and mid-month newsletters that give you a peek into what we're doing outside of books. (You can sign up here for our newsletter.)
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