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!

 

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Banned Books Week: Censorship By The Numbers Infographic

The celebration of the freedom to read marches on as Banned Books Week continues. This year’s theme focuses on the fight against censorship. With that in mind here’s an infographic via ALA.org all about censorship. Read on to learn more:

 

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?

Now Available: A Visit From the Soul-Eater: A Trove of Horror Stories, Flash and Short Print Edition

The print version of my first horror short story & flash fiction collection is now available.  I previously revealed the cover but just in case you missed it here it is again with the synopsis:

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The first horror story collection from T.C. Harrison, features 31 flash fiction and short story pieces featuring various creatures of the night inspired by traditional horror tales, myths and creatures, music lyrics, and the author’s own imagination.

The print copy is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Createspace. So be sure to grab yourself a copy or two.

Stay tuned, I’m currently working on a mermaid novella and I’m still in the midst of editing I, Darcy. Keep on the look out for those two books next year in addition to a poetry book.

Thanks again for your support!

 

Cover Reveal: A Visit From The Soul Eater A Trove Of Horror Stories Flash And Short Print Edition

The print edition of my horror short story and flash fiction collection will be available soon. To celebrate, here’s the new cover:

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The first horror story collection from T.C. Harrison, features 31 flash fiction and short story pieces featuring various creatures of the night inspired by traditional horror tales, myths and creatures, music lyrics, and the author’s own imagination.

While you wait for the print edition, the ebook’s available at Smashwords, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble.

Star Wars Reads Day Is October 10th!

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Star Wars Reads Day is coming next Monday on October 10th!

The celebration is in it’s fifth year and this year there’s a month long push of storytelling events and activities, including author signings, readings, and games planned for bookstores, libraries, and schools across the globe.

In a statement published on StarWars.com, Jeanne Mosure, senior vice president and group publisher, Disney Publishing Worldwide, had the following to say about the event:

“Over the past five years, the Star Wars Reads campaign has organically grown into an annual event that celebrates reading through the new and familiar stories for families and fans of all ages. We’re thrilled to continue the momentum in 2016 and invite parents to encourage reading while introducing kids to Star Wars through printed books, graphic novels, and digital stories.”

For more information, visit StarWars.com and the Star Wars Reads community Facebook page.