Official Playlist: Cooper Whitelaw, Conman Extraordinaire

Dear Readers:

When I first self-published my murder mystery novella, Cooper Whitelaw, Conman Extraordinaire, I forgot to create an official playlist for the story! If you’ve read my other two worksI, Darcy and Orniainthi-both of these books have an official playlist. Music is an important part of my life and whenever I write, there’s a soundtrack playing in my mind for the story I’m creating.

Since I didn’t create one two years ago when the book was published, it’s about time I made one. I know better late than never, my apologies. I hope this playlist can take your mind off the bad stuff for a little bit and cheer you up. If you haven’t read Cooper Whitelaw, Conman Extraordinaire, please purchase a copy for yourself or a friend or two! It’s available on AmazonB&N, and Smashwords. Also add it to your Goodreads Shelf. Download a review copy. if you’ve like to review it.

And now without further ado, here’s the official playlist for Cooper Whitelaw, Conman Extraordinaire.

 Track Listing:

  1. California Love- 2Pac, Roger, Dr. Dre
  2. 2. One Jump-Brad Kane
  3. I Love You-EXID
  4. Drive-Lolawolf
  5. Santa Monica-Everclear
  6. Devil-Super Junior
  7. Fake Love-BTS
  8. Because of You-Kelly Clarkson
  9. Meet Me On The Equinox-Death Cab For Cutie
  10. Me & You-EXID
  11. The Sweet Escape-Gwen Stefani feat. Akon
  12. Dragnet Song-From the TV series Dragnet
  13. Luck Be a Lady-Frank Sinatra
  14. Alive-Sia
  15. Raise Your Glass-P!nk
  16. Follow-Monsta X
  17. Losing You-Wonho
  18. Beautiful Night-Monsta X
  19. Encore-Cheryl Lynn

 

 

 

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!

Listen: I, Darcy Official Playlist

In honor of my first novel I, Darcy being released October 1st, here’s the official playlist of songs inspired by my book.

Part I

  1. Born As Ghosts- Rage Against the Machine
  2. Monster- Skillet
  3. Harder to Breathe- Maroon 5
  4. Calm Down- Lolawolf
  5. High School- Superchick
  6. One and Lonely- Superchick
  7. Dear Mama- Tupac
  8. Know Your Enemy- Green Day
  9. Adam-12- Adam 12 Theme Song
  10. Dance Apocalyptic- Janelle Monae
  11. Breakfast- Kelis
  12. Living Dead- Straight Line Stitch
  13. Zombie- The Cranberries
  14. Breathe- Superchick
  15. Take a Picture- Filter
  16. Stars- Switchfoot
  17. Us- Sixpence None the Richer
  18. Heathens- Twenty One Pilots
  19. Nobody’s Daughter- Hole

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Part II

  1. The Kill- Thirty Seconds to Mars
  2. Sir Duke- Stevie Wonder
  3. Attitude- Bad Brains
  4. Keep Ya Had Up- Tupac
  5. Control- Janet Jackson
  6. Awakening- Switchfoot
  7. Kids in America- Len
  8. Respect- Aretha Franklin
  9. My Body’s a Zombie For You- Dead Man’s Bones
  10. Beautiful- Christina Aguilera
  11. Conversion- Straight Line Stitch
  12. UMI Says- Mos Def
  13. Alive- Sia
  14. What about your friends- TLC
  15. Get up stand up- Bob Marley
  16. Dangerous- Built By Titan feat. Jesse Mcartney
  17. Moving On- Sixpence None the Richer
  18. Rise- Solange

 

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?

National Library Week Starts April 10th

Next week on April 10th, National Library Week begins. Initiated in 1958, National Library Week, “is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.” Around the country, libraries of all types, big and small, celebrate with a variety of events and displays.

Special celebrations are held during the week which include the following:

  • Monday, April 11: State of America’s Libraries Report released, including Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2015.
  • Tuesday, April 12: National Library Workers Day, a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.
  • Wednesday, April 13: National Bookmobile Day, a day to recognize the contributions of our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated professionals who make quality bookmobile outreach possible in their communities.

NLW-FBcover_0Each year a theme is assigned for the weekly celebration and this year the theme is “Libraries Transform,” and award-winning graphic novelist and the 2016-2017 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang will serve as Honorary Chair. You can learn more about the writer at his website geneyang.com.

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Last year over at Uncanny Pop, I posted infographics, book spotlights, and interviews with librarians and library staff. I’ll repost those articles here on my blog so stay tuned.

(Via ALA.org)