My Year In Books 2020

It’s been a tumultuous year, but we’re nearly reached the end folks!

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Despite the mess of 2020, I read some books. You know the drill so without further ado let’s get into it shall we?

So this year’s goal was to read 30 books and miraculously I accomplished the goal. I read exactly 30 books which is interesting because normally I’ll read more than the goal stated but these are trying times and yeah I wasn’t worried about being productive.

Here’s an overview of what I read:

Looking at these books, some of them seemed so long ago. As you can see, it’s a mixture of graphic novels, comics, YA, and history. There’s two books that are often read in K-12, but the rest are what those heavy defenders of the classics would consider not literary material.

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I’ve mentioned this in the past, but The Outsiders is one of my favorite books I skipped reading it last year but this year I re-read it. Despite the author not being a fan of graphic novels, the book shall remain a favorite of mine. But boy it would be nice to see it in graphic novel form! Think of how many new readers would spring forth if they had that format in their hands. But if they author doesn’t want their work in other formats then, of course that’s their right.

This takes me to The Great Gatsby graphic novel that I read. I read the book in 11th grade I believe and I don’t remember anything about it so when the graphic novel arrived at my library, I decided to pick it up. It was a good read and I despised a few of the characters, but this format was an excellent choice. There are other GN of The Great Gatsby but this one was officially adapted from the novel. There’s also a film adaptation featuring one of my favorite actors and former celeb crush Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire which I haven’t seen yet, so I hope to watch it in the future.

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As for the rest of the list, it features the usual type of fare I enjoy reading with a few musings:

  • There’s only one Star Wars book on there! I’ve got the new Thrawn novels and Queen’s Peirl on my reading list.
  • I read three self-help type of books one of which is in manga format. I haven’t watch Marie Kondo’s show on Netflix…
  • Read five historical books: I re-read he March series which details the life of the late Congressman John Lewis and I read two history books by author Blair Imani
  • Also read a lot of Black Panther related books-R.I.P. Chadwick Boseman
  • Got three of three books from the Twisted Tale series on the list. I haven’t read the latest two entries-that’s for next year.

So yeah that’s what I read this year. Next year I’ll continue to participate in the Goodreads Reading Challenge. I think I’ll lower the goal to ten books for the year. I do enjoy reading and it’s one of the few escapes I have from this horrible year.

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So let me end this post with the following questions:

  • How many books did you read this year? If you didn’t read any that’s okay too!
  • What was format were the books in-were they all print or a mixture of print, digital, audiobook?
  • Will you be reading next year? If so do you have a goal set?

Finally, I want to wish you all a Happy Holidays and New Year. Please stay safe, practice social distancing and wear a fucking mask when it’s required to do so. Don’t go quietly into the night and remember your existence is important.

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I’ll see you soon.

-T.C.

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!

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?

2015 My Year In Books

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Happy New Year! 2016 is officially here and that means new year resolutions. While I’m still thinking about what if any more resolutions I’ll make, I do have one that I’ve been doing every year since 2013 that I’ll share with all of you.

Every year I make a resolution of reading a certain number of books for the year.  To help me monitor and stay on track, I use Goodreads. They have a yearly reading challenge for folks to use and since 2013 I’ve been using it with great results. Last year I wanted to read at least  60 books for the year. I’m happy to say that I surpassed that goal and read 89 books!

You can take a look back at my year in books for 2015 here.  The books I read were diverse in that some were poetry, others were comics and graphic novels, while still other books were novels.  As for this year, I’m hoping to read at least 80 books for 2016.  I’m already in the midst of reading two books so I’ve started off right.

What are your reading goals for this year?

Take The Road Less Traveled: My Picks for Summer Reading 2015

It’s summer time and that means it’s time for summer reading! Whether it’s assigned or by individual choice, here are fifteen book suggestions from yours truly.

1. The Martian

This is an enjoyable sci-fi book and the movie version of the story will be out later this year.

2. The Holy Dark

I’m currently in the midst of reading this book and like it’s predecessors-it’s the final book in the The Black Parade Series from Kyoko M.-it’s good, I mean very good.

3. The Outsiders

This is one of my favorite books. The first time I read it was in 7th grade, and you’ll see it on my summer reading list more than once because I never tire of reading it.

5. Civil War: A Marvel Event

Another book that’s currently being turned into a movie for next year, I had to read it.

6. April Showers Always Brings Musical Flowers: NaPoWriMo 2015

This is my second book in my NaPoWriMo series and so I thought I feature it on here along with the following book two books for the poetry lovers out there.

7. Musings of a Blerd: A 90s girl living in a dystopian world

This is my fifth poetry book, I think it’s my favorite so far. I hope you enjoy it.

8. Will I Think of You?

I recently learned that the late Leonard Nimoy also was a poet and so I had to read a few of his books. Out of the ones I read this one is my favorite.

9. The Color of God’s Eyes

Another book I’m currently reading, this is by indie author Christina Barr.  This is the third book I’ve read of hers and I’m definitely a fan of her work.

10. The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

If you need a laugh or just need to relate, or both, the semi-autobiography by Issa Rae aka Awarkward Black Girl is for you.

11. Trigun Vol. 1

It’s one of my favorite anime, so I had to read the manga and it didn’t disappoint.

12. Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return

I read the first volume of this autobiography graphic novel and I needed to read this one, definitely an eye opener.

13. Storm Volume One: Make It Rain & Storm Volume Two: Bring the Thunder

Okay if you haven’t been reading Storm’s solo book what is wrong with you?! Next month issue 12-the final issue in the series that Greg Pak wanted to tell will arrive so get caught up with these two volumes.

14. How To Write Short: Word Craft For Fast Times

This one is for all of the writers out there. It was very informative and there are writing exercises for you to try in each chapter.

15. Trumpet of Conscience

With everything that has been going on around the world but specifically in this country, I needed to read Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lot’s of folks have been speaking his words without truly understanding them-particularly those who have issues with the many protests against police brutality.

And that’s my list for this year. If you have summer reading picks please leave them in the comments! Be sure to look out for book reviews for the books I’m currently reading. Happy reading!