Every year on Goodreads, I take part in the Reading Challenge. I achieved 50 books in 2015 and 60 in 2016. They also helpfully provided a pictograph of everything I read this year (so far), which was an interesting retrospective. An eclectic mix of titles, many of them graphic novels. Also some interesting data I didn’t expect. Click here if you’d like to take a look and please share a link to your own year in books in the comments if you have one.
Something fun and a little different that I was asked to take part in over on Wattpad. My part came out over the weekend, but the Decameron Project will be huge when it’s completed (over 100 total short stories by all different, hand-picked authors). Check it out and add it to your library if you’re on Wattpad. If you’re determined to vote for my story “Crotch Dogs,” who am I to say no? 🙂
My latest novel “The Launch” is ostensibly about two characters with a great love of comics, pursuing their dream to become professional comics artists. They go to great lengths (think cross-border kidnapping) to achieve this goal, which may leave some readers scratching their heads and thinking, what could make someone so passionate about comics?
Here is a book I loved with a subtitle that I hate: “Writers on Literature and the Literary Life.” That sounds boring. It’s not even about that. But what it actually is, writers and famous people telling The New York Times Book Review about what books they’re reading, all time faves, and childhood reading habits, was fascinating. In fact, I was inspired to use their list of questions to complete my own By the Book Interview. Here it is.
This year’s NaNoWriMo failure had much more of a feeling of accomplishment than last year’s #fail. This year, I got a shiny 25K badge for getting halfway to the 50K word count goal. High five! That’s only half a fail compared to last year’s 8K word flameout.
Heard any good books lately?
One of the things I love (or have come to love) about my job is that I do a lot of traveling by car. This might not normally be seen as an upside, but in my case it means I can spend many (fully paid) hours enjoying books.