My Year In Books: 2019

Greetings and salutations my dear followers! It’s that time again to discuss the results of my GoodReads Reading Challenge. You know the drill, I’ve been doing this since 2013. So

As I’ve said in previous posts, this year I’ve been busy working on something that’ll improve my life and I didn’t think I would have time to read, but lo and behold I accomplished my reading goal and even doubled the amount that I read!

My reading goal was 15 books and I read 33.  There were comics and graphic novels, novels, biographies, poetry, inspirational, informative and more. This year I started reading a book series A Twisted Tale and I’ve been enjoying all of the books in it. This series is Disney’s version of “What If” and takes a spin on some of the properties’ popular stories such as Mulan, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, etc. These takes so far have been pretty good and somewhat dark-Sleeping Beauty & Beauty & the Beast are the darkest ones I’ve read. You can read the full report here. You can see some of the books that I read below:

Granted I read less books this year than last, but that was to be expected with what I’ve been working on. Last year I had three goals:

Read at least 15 books for the year.

Read the entire original Sailor Moon Manga Series.

Read books by authors of color.

So I kinda met my goals so yay? For 2020 the main goal will be to read 20 books. And I’ll add three sub-goals:

Read more books by authors of color, read The Outsiders (since I skipped a year (or two) of reading it), and read the entire original run of the Sailor Moon manga.

 

I think these are doable. What about you my friends? Did you accomplish what you set out to read this year? What are your reading goals for the new decade?  Let me know in the comment section below or on my Facebook page.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! See you in 2020.

My Year In Books: 2018

Welcome back to another annual post of my year in books!

As I’ve stated multiple times in the past, each year since 2013 I’ve participated in GoodReads reading challenge and 2018 was no different. What was different was my reading goal. With each passing year I often double the number of books that I want to read.  That was not the case this year.  Instead I slimmed down my goal to only 10 books for the year.

You may ask. The answer is that my life’s getting busier and I wasn’t sure I could read a large number of books.  But guess what?

While my reading goal was 10 books I ended up reading  45 books for the year. 

What can I say,

Now I know compared to other folks the number of books I’ve read for the year pales in comparison but I’m happy to that I accomplished my reading goal again. I’ll give a brief breakdown of the stats but you can view the full report here. Why don’t we take a closer look at what I read shall we?

A couple of the books I read this year were written by first time authors and guess what? They were excellent! Three of my favorites were One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus , The Beauty That Remains by  Ashley Woodfolk  and Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry .  I loved The Beauty That Remains so much I’m going to purchase a copy.  The number of pages that I read was 11,119 across 45 books!

 

Like previous years, graphic novels and trades were prominent among my reading selections, as were Star Wars books. Last year I wanted to read more books by people of color, I did but not to the extent I wanted to.  This year I didn’t read The Outsiders like I’ve done in the past. It remains a favorite book but I haven’t gotten around to reading it. Perhaps next year…

Speaking of which, in regards to my 2019 reading goal I have a few things in mind for what I would like to accomplish.  If things go according to plan, next year I’ll be extremely busy working on something that’ll stir me forward in my professional career (more on that later), so I might not have time to read books that interest me as much as I would like to.  With that in mind, here are my goals for my 2019 year in books.

  1. Read at least 15 books for the year.
  2. Read the entire original Sailor Moon Manga Series.
  3. Read books by authors of color.

When the end of the year comes around again, I hope to accomplish these three goals. What are your reading goals for 2019? Did you accomplish what you set out to read this year? Let me know in the comment section below or on my Facebook page.

Until we meet again my wondrous readers!

 

My Year in Books: 2017

It’s that time of year again where I give you a review of my year in books.

Since 2013 I’ve participated in GoodReads’ reading challenge, where I challenge myself to read a specific number of books for the year. The first time I volunteered myself as tribute, my goal was to read 10 books. I accomplished that goal (I read 28 books) and the next year I doubled it.  Basically each year I double my reading goal and 2017 was no different. Last year my reading goal was 80 books. I ended up reading over 100 books (106 to be exact) so this year I wanted to see if I could do it again.

And boy did I!

This year I read 127 books!  You can view the full report here, but here’s a short breakdown of the stats:

This year I read 24,479 pages across 127 books.

The shortest book was Rachel Rising coming in at 25 pages while the longest book I read was a travel guide book about California-660 pages.  The average length was 193 pages.

One of my favorite books The Outsiders was the most popular book: 884,361 other people have read it. The least popular? Passage To Valhalla: NaPoWriMo 2017 the latest entry in my NaPoWriMo series. Only one other person read it (Psst! It’s free to own so get your copy at Smashwords or Barnes and Noble!).

As far as what types of books I’ve read for the year, well once again it’s a diverse group ranging from manga, Star Wars novels, graphic novels, poetry, and much more.

I’m ecstatic that I was able to accomplish my goal. Next year I’m scaling back my reading goals. My goal for next year is to read 10 books. I know it’s a small number, but the most likely outcome is that I’ll read more than 10, so we’ll see. I also want to read more books by authors of color.

How about you my fellow readers? Did you set a goal for yourself? If so what was it and how did you do? What kind of books did you read this year and do you have a goal to read other types of books next year instead of your usual fare?

Leave your answers in the comments and congrats and happy reading!

Review: Bingo Love

Bingo Love

Written & Created by: Tee Franklin

Art by: Jenn St-Onge

Colors by: Joy San

Letters b: Cardinal Rae

Edited by: Erica Schultz

Cover by: Gisele Lagace

Logo by: Kevin Maher

*I backed this twice (one for me and one for my sis) on Kickstarter and just finished reading the PDF.*

When I first heard about this graphic novel on Twitter I knew that I wanted to get a copy. First of all the artwork caught my eye. Secondly the premise sounded great and intriguing. And finally because bingo is part of my childhood I played it first at church and then later on as a young adult at synagogue.

The writing is awesome. Ms. Franklin does an excellent job expressing the emotions and feelings of each character. After reading I know for certain that the characters in this book are just as real as anyone that I would meet in real life. Not only that, the author does and exceptional job of capturing the journey of Hazel and Mari’s quest for true love. As you read you feel the pain, anger, sadness and joy of the story.

The artwork is phenomenal and showcases the diverse and inclusive characters. So many black hairstyles, body types, ages, and skin colors! It put a smile on my face to see all of that showcased in this book.

What a beautiful book!

This is what I want to see and read about in comics. Bingo Love is an example of what-as Ms. Franklin has mentioned many times-seasoned comics looks like. I’m looking forward to more stories revolving around Hazel, Mari and their family and friends.

10/10

Preorder on Amazon or at your LCS code: DEC170648

Book Review: The Dark Mermaid by Christina L. Barr

*I received an ARC of the novel*

An intriguing twist on the tale of The Little Mermaid, author Christina L. Barr’s The Dark Mermaid delivers.

The setting of the story begins underwater and moves to land towards the latter part of the book. No matter the setting, the plot moves forward and keeps readers guessing till the end. While the book starts off strong its the latter half of the novel which is a bit weak in execution.

Though the story’s mostly dark, bits of light seep into the story. Readers will find the main character and the supporting cast relatable in various ways. The themes of loss and choosing to follow a path of darkness or light are emphasized throughout the story. Unlike the tale it’s based on, there’s no happy ending waiting at the end of the novel for the characters. The ending’s bittersweet forecasting dark days ahead while still clenching on to the little hope that remains.

Overall, The Dark Mermaid is an excellent novel and will keep readers invested not only till the book’s ending but also for future sequels that are to come.

4/5

Review: Kyoko M.’s Of Cinder & Bone

My apologies for the late review, but life has kept me busy these past few months.

I won a copy of the novel via the author’s GoodReads giveaway

Review:

The novel’s a great read, it has everything a reader can ask for in a sci-fi/fantasy book.

I applaud the author’s characters who are not only well-developed characters but are diverse and inclusive. It was great to see that one of the main characters is a WOC AND she’s not the only WOC present. Back ground characters are also not one dimensional and also given something to do which is a plus.

The thing that appealed to me the most was how much research the author did in their approach to bringing a dragon to life. The method used in the story has a realistic feel which piqued my curiosity.  Of Cinder & Bone also brought a sense of awe and wonderment, almost like the first time I watched Jurassic Park on the big screen.

The story features action, tension, drama, and comedy and goes at a decent pace. But I expect that from this author. It’s risky to end a novel with a cliffhanger, but the move pays off because I want to know what happens next.  Plus, it makes the book stand out in a good way.

Overall, Of Cinder & Bone is an excellent story. I look forward to the sequel.

5/5

2016 My year in books

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2016 is officially over thank the gods. Books were one of the few things that got me through the horrendous year.

As you know, every year  I make a resolution to read a set number of books via the Goodreads yearly reading challenge. I’ve participated since 2013 and this year’s goal was to read 80 books. For 2016, I passed my goal and read 106 books!

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You can take a look back at what I’ve read here.  There’s graphic novels, memiors, and more on my list. I also had the small goal of reading all of the James Bond novels written by creator Ian Fleming that I accomplished.

For 2017, my goal is to read 100 books as I double my reading goal each year. I’ve already started putting a list together and I’m looking forward to conquering this challenge.

With all the uncertainty in this country and around the world, books are vital. Literacy is important and we’ve seen how people are taking it for granted or just plain trying to take away freedom to read from others.

Books inspire us and that’s why their important. Books provide freedom, knowledge, imagination, and creativity. They challenge our beliefs and task us to do better for ourselves and our fellow man.

What are your reading goals for this year?