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This Is How We Read (#AMonthOfFaves)

December tends to be a reflective month for many people, myself included. This year, I’m going to try and keep my blogging momentum going (thank you, #NaBloPoMo and Nonfiction November!)  by participating in the 4th annual #AMonthofFaves hosted by GirlxoxoTraveling with T and Estella’s Revenge. It’s a fun way to recap the year that was. Yes, a significant chunk of 2017 deserves to be drop-kicked to the curb, but despite such, there was some good stuff worth remembering. We’ll be posting about them each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of December — or, you know, anytime.

Today’s #AMonthofFaves is about our year in reading, a topic I usually wait until the first week in January to talk about for various reasons. I’m of the belief that it’s entirely possible for one to read one’s favorite book of the year on December 31. Consider this, then, a prologue of sorts to my annual year-end reading recap.

To date I’ve read 45 books, exceeding my 2016 total by two, a nice accomplishment. My goal is at least 50 — definitely doable. December is usually a plentiful reading month for me, given that I often have an abundance of vacation days to use up (which, thankfully, is the case this year).  More than half (27) were review books. Fiction consisted of 20 books; 21 were nonfiction. Only 9 were memoirs (would have thought that would have been higher); 3 were poetry collections and (in what might be a first) I read only one short story collection. The majority of my reading was print books, with 11 on audio.

Hints about my favorite book: it’s fiction, it was a book I reviewed for Shelf Awareness, I’ve never read the author before and I’ve written about it in previous posts. Oh — and this will give it away, for sure — it has the worst cover. I hate it. Seriously, the cover is awful, which is a goddamn shame because I haven’t seen this book discussed too much and I can’t help but think that’s one of the reasons why. It should be at the top of everyone’s best books list.

One thing that stands out to me is how much the current political and cultural climate has affected my reading this year — Ta-Nahisi Coates’ We Were Eight Years in Power, Hillary Clinton’s What Happened, Rebecca Solnit’s The Mother of All Questions as well as Hope in the Dark are just a few titles that helped me keep some semblance of perspective and calm during what has been a tumultuous, emotional and unprecedented year. And assuming the slim possibility that the POSOTUS doesn’t get us all killed with his apparent lust for war and his obvious lovefest with Russia, “resistance reading” is likely to be a predominant theme of mine for as long as this regime is in power — so much so that I’m even contemplating hosting a “Reading the Resistance” challenge for 2018.

Here’s my first potential member, my cat Douglas, reading You’re More Powerful Than You Think by Eric Liu and writing to her elected representatives from the comfort of one of my typical reading spots, an old (broken in places) chair that used to belong to my grandparents.

 

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NaBloPoMo Recap

And here it is, the last day of #NaBloPoMo! We made it, my blogging friends.

I think this is the first year where I’ve blogged every single day of November. There were certainly quite a few days when I didn’t feel like writing (I was dealing with a bad cold for more than two weeks) or was drawing a blank about what to write about. In those cases, I dusted off a post that had been lingering in Drafts. At first I felt guilty about doing so, but I usually did some editing or updating to it, so it definitely counts.

There were some positive aspects as well as some challenges with NaBloPoMo 2017.

The Challenges

One of my goals for NaBloPoMo was to reduce the number of posts in Drafts. Alas, that didn’t happen as much as I’d hoped because I currently have 235 such posts. That’s exactly one less than I started with on November 1.

Before NaBloPoMo, I had been doing well with my self-imposed rule of logging off the computer by 9 p.m. and getting to bed at a reasonable hour. That went out the window this month in exchange for staying up late and working on a post. I miss reading in bed before going to sleep; it’s such a nice little ritual (even if I only read one paragraph before falling asleep!).

And speaking of reading, all this blogging made me a bit of a slacker on that front. I only read two books in November so I need to get caught up on quite a few review and library books, especially if I’m going to make my Goodreads goal of 50 books for the year (I’m currently at 44.)

I don’t think I reduced my Facebook time by much. Maybe I’m beyond hope in that regard.

The Positives 

NaBloPoMo helped with my perfectionistic writing tendencies. There were several posts that I thought could have been better but I hit publish anyway. The Blessings of a Blue Thanksgiving was one of them, yet you seemed to like it — apparently, it resonated with so many of you.

I discovered new-to-me blogs through NaBloPoMo and re-discovered some others.

I found myself able to generate content ideas again. I found myself consciously thinking of what I should/could/wanted to blog about and kept a running list of ideas in my planner.

What’s Ahead in December? 

I won’t lie; I’m looking forward to not having to blog every day! Yet I still want to keep my posting momentum going, even with the busy-ness of the season. #AMonthofFaves will help with that — this fun way of recapping the year is back for its 4th year and is hosted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in December by GirlxoxoTraveling with T and Estella’s Revenge .

 

 

 

 

 

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