How’s your year going?

Last year I was a little late to the party. This year? READY.

Last year I got back on GoodReads.com after a prolonged absence. I started reviewing books again, and tracking my reading progress. It also helps me keep track of books  I want to read, or have read with my brother as part of our two person book club.

In any event, I set myself the lofty goal of reading 79 books by the end of this year. Since I got such a late start last year I only projected 9, but wound up reading 59 since I count graphic novels as well. So far I’m off to a good start. As of right now, I’m at 15/79 books. They range from authors I just discovered to authors that I’ve been reading for years. There are graphic novels as well as regular novels represented. I’m sure that I’ll also be adding in some young adult reads, since Phoebe likes when I read books that she’s read. She’s super into Superhero Girls and Disney’s Descendants, so I know those will be among my titles for this year. (Speaking of which, I need to catch up on Descendants! I think I’m about 2 books and a movie behind.)

Honestly, the young adult books are really good. I read a Descendants book last year (Wicked World Wish Granted). It wasn’t bad – there’s many lessons to be learned about friendship, identity, and the consequences of your decisions. It was in graphic novel format, but there are several tie-in books that are in the series too.

I’d also like to get back to Jonathan Maberry‘s Rot and Ruin series. I’m anxious to see what’s happened with Benny Imura and his longtime crush Nix Riley. I also want to get back to Alessia Giacomi‘s Zombie Girl Saga, because the last Eve Brenner book I read left a really interesting cliffhanger. There are other book series that I want to work on, too many to list, in fact! Not to mention, I am woefully under-read in the world of comics. My plan is to change this up this year. I don’t want to be a superhero fan only based on movies. I’m ready to go full nerd.

If you’re on GoodReads.com too look me up! Let’s be friends! (Feel free to send recommendations my way, either books you’ve liked, or books that you’ve written.)

 

 

 

2016 Year on Goodreads.com

A few months ago, I became active again on Goodreads.com. If you’re unfamiliar with the site, I highly recommend checking it out. You can log books that you are reading, want to read, and have read. You can also write reviews for books. You can create digital bookshelves to organize your books, as well as recommend books to others. Many authors are on Goodreads.com as well, which is pretty cool considering you can interface with them, see what they’re reading, and see what books of theirs you’re missing. (If you want to connect with me, I am searchable on the site. My name is listed as Holly Ann, and the email address is deadaeris@gmail.com.)

I also participated (albeit late) in a reading challenge. I figured why not, since I enjoy posting my reading progress on the site, which it then uploads to Facebook as well. This year, I made my goal 79, which I’m sure I’ll surpass, since I’m allowing graphic novels and young adult fiction to be counted as well.

The site also does a round-up at year’s end, giving you stats about what you read. Here’s a screenshot of my 2016 year. (I declined to screenshot the section showing the covers of the books I’ve read. I’m just including my stats.)

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Prior to this challenge, I didn’t realize just how many books I read each year. I’m sure this year was a little heavier, because I was borrowing so many graphic novels from Dipper. However, it gives me a real sense of pride at my literary accomplishment. Especially considering 2016 was my own private hell in terms of personal (and family) illnesses.

I’m looking forward to seeing what this new year brings, both in terms of expanding my literary tastes, and also in terms of what new friends I might meet. And if you happen to see me on Goodreads.com, add me and let’s be friends!