I’m joining 3 of my favorite bloggers today to discuss My Year in Books for Day 1 of #AMonthofFaves. I’m late despite my planner obsession, can you imagine how I’d never get things done if I wasn’t planner obsessed? The nightmare!
This is a bookish recap of my year so far. I’ve been blogging more and reading less so have finished 28 books out of my goal of 50.
Here’s the run down by the stats:
Books Read by Rating:
Loved it! 5 star books: 7
Really liked it – 4 star books: 12
Liked it – 3 star books: 8
It was OK – 2 star books: 1
Books Read by Genre:
World or Cultural Fiction: 15
Historical Fiction: 9
Books Read by Challenge:
Total Pages Read: 9,270
Brad Meltzer Book Signing
I attended two author signings this year. The boys and I saw Brad Meltzer and he entertained us all. As a writer of Justice League graphic novels, the kids’ series Ordinary People Change the World and a political thriller writer, we all had books of his to sign. How many authors can you say that about?
Brad was super cool and connected to each one of us on a different level. My youngest drew a picture of Brad and gave it to him, the next day it showed up on Twitter. The illustrator of his kids’ series, Chris Eliopoulus, had a great response to the picture, totally made our family’s day!
I volunteered to start a kids’ book club for my middle son’s 3rd grade class. My Superhubby dressed as Batman to read the boys in the class I am Jackie Robinson by Brad Meltzer. The rather rowdy bunch got totally pumped seeing Batman walk in the room. I was not sure how it would turn out. Batman started to read and by the end, these boys got the book’s message and were captivated by Jackie’s story. The book is beautifully written and magnificently illustrated. Batman had standing room only trying to show the boys the pictures of real life Jackie Robinson at the end of the book. #SuperheroesRead, don’t you think?
Superhubby also dressed as Batman to read my youngest son’s class There’s a Wocket in My Pocket. That was a magical experience in a completely different way. The kids were so excited, read along with him and it reinforced what rhyming words were that they happened to be learning about that day. The kids were so adorable! #SuperheroesRead again, we might make this a regular thing!
Diane Chamberlain Book Signing
My favorite author is Diane Chamberlain. Besides the fact that she writes complex characters I emotionally connect to and impossible situations in which they find themselves, she’s a local author, an amazingly nice lady and is a Rheumatoid Arthritis warrior too.
I heard her talk about her newest book, Pretending to Dance at an indie bookstore near my house. This time she shared how her sister with advanced Multiple Sclerosis inspired a character in the book. It was a wonderful time as always hearing what inspires her, her writing process and how hard it is to keep up with the characters and plots of her 23 books.
Well 2015 is not over yet and I’ve got some great bookish news soon that I can’t wait to share with you. Let’s hope I can get a couple more books read to before we ring in the New Year.
This post linked up with Motivation Monday Linkup.
How was your year in books? What have you enjoyed reading? Have you attended any author or bookish events?