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

I, Darcy Halloween Month Giveaway

As we settle into the second week of Halloween month, allow me to announce a giveaway!

Last week, my first novel I, Darcy was released and to celebrate I’m giving away unlimited ebook copies exclusively on Instafreebie! 

I would appreciate it greatly once you’ve finished the novel if you could leave a review on either Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and or GoodReads.

It’s important for indie authors to get the word out about their works and I hope this giveaway will accomplish that. I thank you in advance and hope you enjoy I, Darcy.

P.S. For the rest of the month my horror short story/flash fiction collection is available for only $.99 cents instead of the usual $1.99 on Smashwords, so get your copy.

Hope your weekend goes well for you.

-T.C.

Star Wars Reads Day Is Here!

Everyone, the sixth year of Star Wars Reads Day has arrived! Check your local libraries, bookstores, and comic book stores to see what activities they’re doing to celebrate. Speaking of comic book stores, most might be carrying a special free comic in honor of the day. Brought to you by Marvel just for Star Wars Reads Day, they’re giving out a Star Wars Comics Sampler volume.  

Head over to StarWars.com to learn more about this special day and download some cool things.

Enjoy the day and may the force be with you!

Now Available for Purchase: I, Darcy

Happy Halloween Month folks!

It’s been four years since I first came up with the idea for my novel and now it’s finally here. I’m so happy to announce that I, Darcy is now available for purchase in print and ebook formats!  And here it is, behold:

Words can’t begin to describe how happy I am, how exhausted I am from working on this project. After all the set backs and frustration of wanting to quit writing, I also feel like this:

I mean I’m so done, but I also feel accomplished. This is my first novel and I know it might not be the best out there but I did the best that I could. I couldn’t afford to have an editor or a cover artist so I had to do that myself. Let me tell you formatting is such a pain in the ass man, I mean it!

Through all the trials and tribulations, I’m glad I didn’t give up. I set out and accomplished my goal. I, Darcy is now out there in the world for all you to enjoy.

You can grab a physical copy at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Ebook copies are available at Smashwords, Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

Add it to your GoodReads shelf.  

Thank you to my mom and sis and my cousin Regis for sending me an inspiring message on Facebook a few years ago.  Thanks to you readers.

Right now I don’t think I’ll write a novel for a long while. I’m not one of those people who can write one every couple of months. I don’t know what my next writing project will be but I’m also looking to start doing new hobbies.

Next year I have two poetry books that’ll be published so stayed tuned for that.

In the meantime enjoy Halloween month!

-T.C. Harrison

 

Banned Books Week Infographic

As Banned Books Week continues, here’s an infographic created by Ala.org that features information that was originally published during National Library Week in the State of America’s Libraries Report 2017

Banned Books Week Video: The Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016

It’s that time of year again to celebrate Banned Books Week and to defend our right to read. If you think books aren’t banned today, well you’re in for an awakening. Here’s a video compiled by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) of the Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016.