Awe my Goodreads profile picture. I love that I am laughing in this picture. I love that even in the roughest times of my life I still laugh and find joy. In 2018 I was encouraged to join Goodreads. I put a few books on in 2018 but certainly not everything I read. One of my resolutions for 2019 was to be more purposeful in my recommendations to patrons here at the Library. I do not consider myself a writer at all. I even get nervous typing a blog, like this one, because I get so excited that my fingers cannot keep up with my thoughts. I am constantly asking the grammar police and spellcheckers to follow behind me with their brooms to sweep up my messes. The lack of confidence in my own writing, including reviews, was what slowed my participation in Goodreads previously. In 2019 though I did not write lengthy reviews, but worked at registering each and every book I read. I know I do not have all of them, but I was close.
You will see numerous books on space. Our summer reading theme at the Library was A Universe of Stories and we dove right in. I learned about space exploration, life as an astronaut and so much more. 2019 held some of my favorite reads of all time; Where The Crawdads Sing, Educated, and I re-read The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe. I was pleasantly surprised by books like Michelle Obama’s Becoming and The Benefits of Being An Octopus. I had my heart hurt by reading stories like Before We Were Yours and Unbroken and even more during Bridge Home. I was deeply inspired by The Moment of Lift and The Library Book. I enjoyed local authors like Craig Vroom’s River of No Return. I read books written by dear friends, Rowdy Randy. I read books in Spanish and loved Don’t Eat Me Chupacabra. I popped in a few Mo Willems and Roald Dahl books for good measure. Remind your kiddos that Mo Willems wrote more than just Piggie and Gerald and that Roald Dahl is much more than Charlie And The Choclate Factory.
In the end… 2019 I have read over 32,000 pages across 260 books. My shortest book this year was Heroes Of Space and it was a short few 8 pages. My longest book was 544 pages and it felt longer. Children of Blood and Bone was incredible, but it was LONG. The most popular book I read this year was The Giver by Lois Lowry. 1,705,109 people also read that book this year according to Goodreads. My least popular book according to Goodreads was Let’s Count Idaho. In 2020 I will push the popularity of Idaho books, both local authors and books about Idaho. I can tell you my least favorites that I suffered through were the two books by Rachel Hollis that I read.
My first review last year was Twelve Hats for Lena and I would recommend it again to start the year off. It is a wonderful time to teach the months of the year and of course; I love hats.
One of my most surprisingly strange books that I loved was a 1970’s advertisement book. It was a blast to go through. #TheGoldenAge Speaking of The Golden Age be sure to check out my list of books for Roaring 20’s.
A book I read several times this year was The Miraculous Journey Of Edward Tulane. I would recommend reading it if you have not indulged. Another wonderful family read is I Wish You More. I adored this short little book. Shouting At The Rain and Wishtree are to great books for Middle Readers. We came in to the holiday season as a family and read The Immortal Nicholas.
2019 was a great year looking back. I encourage you to read as a family. If you are ever lacking inspiration please come in to the Library. We are more than happy to recommend something to read.
The Roaring 20’s just a few days away, I may start the year by re-reading The Great Gatsby or The Paris Wife looks like a great read. I may even read The Sun Also Rises, it was written in 1926.
I wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR and encourage you to raise your reading goal for 2020. My goal for 2020 is 365 books. A book a day. If you see me, remind me to keep reading. Oh, the last fancy number of the day is my family saved $4983.91 by using the Donnelly Public Library District to check out books. (That number does not include the digital books we read this year and the money we saved there.) $5000 saved because we have access to a public library. That is what I call a GOOD YEAR. Thank you for supporting your local library, wherever that is. VISIT. READ. REPEAT.