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. Tomorrow’s topic (that I’m posting today because of The Sunday Salon) is “Favorite Books Read This Year.”
Tanya recommended the last one. The Lord of the Rings and The River Why were rereads. The Poet X: I listened to on audiobook as read by the author, the format I highly recommend in this case, even though this was the lone audiobook I finished this year. As for the rest, I just highly recommend them all.
What were your favorite books that you read this year? Share in the comments or provide a link to your post in the comments.
This concludes my participation in #AMonthofFaves this year. To see my other posts in the themed month, visit this link. To see what my favorite TV series and movies were from this year, visit here. And for my top 25 albums of the year, visit yesterday’s post.
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.”
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.
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 “Challenges and Goals.”
I didn’t do any reading challenges this year and my personal goals/resolutions? I’m going to save those for a post January 1. Instead, I am going to look forward to my reading goals for 2019, including a collection of 10 books on my Kindle with which I want to start the new year. However, I will save my “First Book of the Year” for a post for January 1– and it will be a book in print this year.
My main reading goal this year, in what will be the year that I turn 50 (in June), is to read 50 books. This year, I read 35; in 2017, 48; in 2016, 44, so it is doable. Initially, with my 25 Things Before I Turn 50 post, my goal was to read a book a week and I was thinking of a book a week in the year that I turn 50, but then as I writing this, I realized why not just make it 50? So there it is.
In alphabetical order, the books I have on my books to read in 2019 collection on my Kindle are:
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
All Things Bright and Beautiful and All Things Wise and Wonderful by James Herriot
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Crocodile on the Sandbank, the first Amelia Peabody mystery, by Elizabeth Peters
John Adams by David McCullough
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan
The Quiet Game, the first Penn Cage, by Greg Iles
The Space Trilogy: Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis
The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me by Alexie Sherman
A few explanations:
Technically, it’s 13 books, but I have the first Herriot books in one collection and The Space Trilogy that I recently bought as a Kindle Daily Deal.
I already have started the first three books on the list. I just haven’t finished them…yet.
The list is split evenly fiction and nonfiction as I want to read more nonfiction than I did this past year.