Again today, I’m joining hosts Girlxoxo, Traveling with T and Estella’s Revenge for their annual #AMonthofFaves blog event – “a fun way to recap the year that was” with “every day of the event (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) planned out” and a link-up on all their blogs. Today’s topic is “This Is How We Read and Blogged This Year.”
How I Read
In three words:
Slowly and intermittently.
By the numbers:
- 35 books.
- 2 nonfiction.
- 6 books I rated 5 stars on Goodreads.
- 20 I rated 4 stars. Most 3.5, rounded up.
- At least 20 ebooks returned unread.
- 6 DNFs counted on Goodreads.
- At least 3 others that I DNFed.
In 2019, my goal as I mentioned in my last blog post is to read 50 books since this is the year that I turn 50.
What I Read
The 35 books were (in alphabetical order):
- All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
- American by Day by Derek B. Miller
- American Street by Ibi Zoboi
- Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
- Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet by by Ta-Nehisi Coates (writer), Brian Stelfreeze (artist), Joe Sabino (letterer), Manny Mederos (designer), Rian Hughes (logo designer), Jack Kirby (writer, artist), and Laura Martin
- Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke
- Colosseum: Poems by Katie Ford
- The Cruelest Month, the third Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, by Louise Penny
- Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown
- A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny
- The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Frame-Up by Meghan Scott Molin
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- Jar City by Arnaldur Indriðason
- The Last Kashmiri Rose by Barbara Cleverly
- The Late Show by Michael Connelly
- Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
- Life on Mars: Poems by Tracy K. Smith
- Normandy Gold by Megan Abbott, Alison Gaylin and Steve Scott (illustrator)
- Pago Pago Tango by John Enright
- Pines, the first in the Wayward Pines series, by Blake Crouch
- The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
- Queenpin: A Novel by Megan Abbot
- Rebound by Kwame Alexander
- The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter by Darwyn Cooke (author/illustrator), Richard Stark (source)
- Richard Stark’s Parker: The Outfit by Darwyn Cooke (author/illustrator), Richard Stark (source)
- Richard Stark’s Parker: The Score by Darwyn Cooke (author/illustrator), Richard Stark (source)
- Richard Stark’s Parker: Slayground by Darwyn Cooke (author/illustrator), Richard Stark (source)
- The River Why by David James Duncan
- She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper
- Still Life, the first Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, by Louise Penny
- Tangerine by Christine Mangan
- The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Wade in the Water: Poems by Tracy K. Smith
How I Blogged
In one word: Consistently, at least once a week.
By the numbers: 78 posts.
Most of them were Sunday Salon posts, with a few readathon posts, several readathon posts, and a few What We’re Watching Wednesday posts with my wife. With every blog I’ve ever had, I always try to write several blog posts a week and inevitably fail. This one is no different as once again this year, I attempted some new themes, but failed. I do better at one theme/meme: The Sunday Salon, with readathons mixed in. So in 2019, that’s what I’m going to stick to: Mainly one blog post per week with a couple of readathons mixed in, namely Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon and 24in48 Readathon.
How was your reading and blogging this year?