Happy New Year Tater readers! I’m back with my yearly look at my reading. I was a bit down this year. It is the first time in a while that I have not reached my goal of 100 books read. There are several reasons for this: better TV, too much assigned reading, mental state, etc. Hoping for a change in 2020.
Top ten books read in no particular order
- Wanderers by Chuck Wendig
- The Outsider by Stephen King
- The Institute by Stephen King
- The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
- An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon
- Dirty Streets of Heaven by Tad Williams
- Full Throttle by Joe Hill
- Deposing Nathan by Zack Smedley
- Security by Gina Wohlsdorf
- The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
- Sadie by Courtney Summers
- Educated by Tara Westover
- Dry by Neil Shusterman
- Mobituaries by Mo Rocca
- On The Come Up by Angie Thomas
Book I would most recommend
This is a tough one. I would probably go with Wanderers by Chuck Wendig even though it is 800 pages long and most of my friends would never read one that long.
Worst Books I Finished
This is a tougher one. I gave a lot of books 3 stars this year. The only one I gave 2 stars was Target: Alex Cross, so I guess I will go with that.
Book I Dustbunnied
It looks like I finished every book I started this year.
Number of books read: 84
Number of pages read according to Goodreads: 28,795. According to that math that is 78.9 pages a day. That’s 10 pages a day less than last year, That means another 15 -20 minutes reading a day would get me back to where I want to be. Seems doable.
In which I look to see what I did that was noteworthy in the past year.
We went to Orlando in January since both kids were free. We went to Harry Potter World for the first time and also visited Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios.
I turned 50 in February. We went to DC to have lunch at Old Ebbitt Grill since I have wanted to go there for years and had never gone. It was worth the trip.
I will call May spring otherwise I won’t have much to say besides celebrating my daughter’s birthday in March,
In May I attended the Maryland/Delaware Library Association Conference where my pub quiz team won first place. I did not really contribute at all.
At the end of May I traveled with my wife to her conference in Baku. I loved the city. More people should visit. It is a nice place and is not overwhelmed with tourists yet.
We also did a 24 hour layover in Istanbul and toured the city.
In June I went to the American Library Association conference in DC where I met Henry Winkler.
I also went to another Bowling for Soup concert
We went to Kentucky to visit family and went kayaking
Not much notable for fall. My daughter went back to school so we were empty nesters again. I went to Kentucky over Veteran’s Day weekend to visit my brother and his family. My sister also visited one day and then I had lunch with her in my hometown. I went to multiple middle school basketball games to watch my niece play, went bowling and just had a nice relaxing weekend.
Trudging my way through December now. Only 4 more days of work after today and I head to Kentucky for a nice long break.
I’ve decided to go ahead and do a recap of my blogging year since I doubt I will post much before I head to Kentucky next week.
First, my overall stats for the year. They are actually not bad for my boring little blog. I’m still ahead of last year even though I stopped posting regularly last month:
Views – 8467 Visitors – 5104 Likes 2310 Comments – 566
Visits by Country – USA – 5661, UK – 859, India – 781, Canada – 251. No other country broke 3 digits.
Top 5 posts:
- The Lori Loughlin Scandal in Full House GIFS – It is what the title says. The college admissions scandal in GIFS from Full House.
- I’m Done: A Tater Rant – A profanity-filled rant inspired by me being done with a lot of stuff. I’m still done. Probably more done than before.
- Tater Talks the Crazy Disney Mom Rant – My thoughts on the mom who ranted that people without kids should be banned from Disney. Spoiler alert – I disagree.
- Tater Talks Teachers – A post for National Teachers Day where I talk about some teachers who made an impact on my life.
- Tater Talks Leadership – Some thoughts on what I think it means to be a leader.
I was on a roll there for a while. I was writing stuff. People were actually reading my stuff. I thought maybe my blog would grow a little bit. Then a lot of my little daily frustrations exploded and left me is a state of mind that took me out of the blogging mood. I’m still pretty pleased with my stats. I’m sure most bloggers get 10 times the traffic, but it was a good year for me.
I’m thinking that whenever I start up again I might go toward more thoughts on TV and current events and less on my actual life. It might make it easier to want to write.
I guess this is a good time to post the link again where you can give me money to support the blog or to buy me a cup of coffee to drink while I’m writing. So, click this sentence if you feel the need to give a random blogger money.