This week I’m celebrating looking at where I’ve been to see where I’m going!
Commitment to Literacy
My Commitment to Literacy in 2014 came in the form of volunteering with many different literary non-profits including Start Making A Reader Today (SMART), The Children’s Book Bank, Friends of the Library, and Multnomah County Library. As I’ve decided to not continue with a couple of them in 2015, it had allowed me to explore other cool volunteering opportunities focusing on Early Childhood Literacy. I’ve clocked in 160 hours of volunteering in 2014.
I continue to feel blessed that I get to be doing what I love at such a wonderful place. Being a bookseller is something I’m good at and gives me so much joy. Green Bean Books celebrated its fifth anniversary during the summer. I moderated our monthly Family Book Club and organized our Indies First event. I’m excited to see what’s ahead for me and the store in 2015
It’s been incredible to be part of so many supportive online communities- whether we’re sharing book recommendations through IMWAYR and other memes or writing about celebratory moments in our lives.
I’ve had 1498 comments over 405 posts since I started my blog in January 2012! March 29th (of 2014) saw the highest traffic on my blog with 176 views! My most commented post was my July 13, 2014 MWAYR post with 17 replies!
The Facebook page is up to 68 likes since launching in April 2013!
I was also real thrilled to be part of CYBILS this year as a Round 1 Judge for Middle Grade Fiction.
I’m grateful for everyone who has made these things possible.
My Reading Life
I ended up reading 610 books n 2014- almost a hundred more than in 2013. Here’s the breakdown:
13 Adult Fiction
15 Adult Non-Fiction
19 Graphic Novels
82 Middle Readers
471 Picture Books*
10 Young Adult
*119 Nonfiction Picture Books
I’m extremely happy to have finished most of my reading challenges this year: E.B. White, Virginia Lee Burton, Beatrix Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit, and the 5 titles in my Must Read in 2014 list.
Commitment to Literacy
-Volunteer 125 hours.
-Read more of our inventory.
-Interact with authors and illustrators more- face to face or social media.
-Post one non-meme (IMWAYR, NFPB, Celebrate This Week) post every two weeks
-Comment on every person’s reply directly or on their site.
-Increase site visits and comments.
-Get Facebook page likes to 100.
-Change domain name.
-Use Goodreads more effectively.
My Reading Life
With all the books I plan on reading this year alone, I’ve decided to participate in these challenges:
-It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR
-Diversity #DiveIntoDiversity #WeReadDiverseBooks
-Non-Fiction Picture Book Challenge #NFPB2015
Goal: 104 books including MG and YA
-To Be Read #TBR2015
-Must Read in 2015 #MustReadin2015
-Check Off Your Reading List 2015 #CORL2015
Goal: 52 books
-Off the Shelf
Goal: 10 books
Goal: 4 titles
-National Ambassadors for Young People’s Literature
Goal: 5 titles
-Barbara Kerley & Edwin Fotheringham
One Little Word
My One Little Word (OLW) for 2015 is FAIL.
I’ve only wanted to succeed- and I still do- but I can’t get there when I won’t allow myself to fail.
I’m too scared to not be perfect, to not know everything, to not be liked, to not be the best, to not be able to do everything, and to waste time on something that might not work that I’ll avoid doing anything at all.
I’ve also tended to take any setbacks too personally instead of learning from them.
With my OLW, I hope to:
1. try new things even if I fail
2. be OK when I fail
New Year’s is actually a great time to FAIL. There’s too much pressure to start being better all at once. There’s the tendency to give up after one misstep.
A couple things that helped me choose my One Little Word:
1. This quote from The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho:
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”
2. This YouTube video:
What’s your One Little Word? What’s your thoughts on failure? What are your resolutions?
What are you celebrating this week?